was coming home from university by rickshaw. In the Matsha
Bhaban circle, the rickshaw accidentally hit the rear of
a four-wheeler and broke the cover of a light. The driver
came out instantly. I was scared that the driver might start
beating the rickshaw puller, creating a scene. The driver
seemed very angry when he came out and asked what explanation
he (the driver) would give to his boss! Looking at the rickshaw-puller
with anger, he took the gamchha from his (the rickshaw walla's)
neck. Then he got back into his car and threw the gamchha
out of the window onto the main road. It seemed really strange
and funny to me. The rickshaw-puller waited a little and
then went to pick up his gamchha from the road. As it was
the main road, it was really difficult for him and took
quite a while but he finally managed to retrieve his belonging.
I have never seen such an angry reaction that resulted in
such a punishment.
few months ago, some of my friends and I were having a chat
at the DU campus. A white-bearded old man, about 70 years
old, walked over to us and said, “Excuse me, could you please
help me?” He said this in perfect English. We were staring
at him, astonished at his fluency. He was rather thin, poorly
dressed and had a very sad look on his face. He was asking
for some money from us as he was very poor. Out of curiosity,
I asked him why he begged as he seemed quite educated. The
man said nothing and looked away. I noticed that his eyes
had started brimming with tears. What could have happened
to this fellow I was wondering?
Kalam Azad, Dept. of Law, DU
of Humour of a Dhakaite
was on my way home from Dhaka University when I got stuck
in a traffic jam in front of Dhaka City College. I was rather
enjoying the jam as I was in no hurry at that time and so
I was taking in the scenery. I was looking around when I
noticed an old man urinating on a wall. There were people
walking past the man but he looked quite indifferent to
this and showed no signs of shame. What was really funny
was the fact that there was a “Don't urinate” sign quite
close to where he was involved in his unhygienic act. The
sign also said warned anyone caught would be fined Tk.50.
No one seemed to care.