The Buriganga river is the life line of the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Although it is the most polluted river in Bangladesh, it is economically very important as it connects to other parts of the country. In 1989 and in 2001 respectively, two bridges were built across the river, to be used by vehicles and pedestrians. A third bridge was inaugurated in 2009. While this new bridge solved problems for landowners and commuters, an entire community of boatmen were robbed of their livelihood. These boatmen, who live on the banks of Buriganga river, have been transporting goods and ferrying people across the river for generations. They are now on the brink of poverty with no education and no option of choosing another profession. While local leaders pledged their help to the community at the inauguration, a year later, the boatmen find themselves helpless at the hands of bureaucracy and still waiting in the misery. No provision has been made to uplift these tradesmen. Yet, their indomitable spirit keeps them surviving. Thus threatened by modernization and also deprived of its perks like health and education these boatmen and their families form an amazing story of survival and preservation of traditions.