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- proper n. An Indo-Aryan language (or dialect of Bengali) spoken in the Sylhet Division of north-eastern Bangladesh.
Then I read in Wikipedia that "As so many Sylhetis are resident abroad, Sylhet has a major flow of foreign currency from non-resident Bangladeshis; many Sylheti families 'sole source of income comes from relatives abroad and this attracts influx migrant workers and families from other parts of Bangladesh, earning livings by peddling rickshows, working as servants and peasants, particularly people from Comilla, Noakhali, Mymensingh and Barisal are found lower denomination jobs in Sylhet."
If Monica Ali isn't brown enough or working-class enough or Sylheti enough for you, then, well, that's your weird little identity-political screw-up.
I met the Sylheti crew as they headed south towards Srimongol and I jumped on their bus.
Tunir maa, a Sylheti chartbuster, blaring from the shiny mobile phone of a yob killing time in what was once dubbed the "lungs of the city"?
Languages for which translators are most needed include Urdu, Arabic and Sylheti, a north-east Bangladesh tongue spoken by east London's Bengali community.