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October 24, 2003

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New Faces

The other day, my father was dropping me off at Dhaka University on his way to his office. When our car was passing through the main road from Sheraton Hotel, I saw a small boy of about four years of age, tied to a flag-post with a long rope. He was unaware of the traffic and chaos all around him. He was playing by himself on the footpath. A few steps away, I found his another changing his older brother's clothes. She then went into a small tent and came out with a bowl of food for her children. It was probably some leftovers from Sheraton Hotel. The rich do not even know that there are some people who live in conditions such as this. Some poor people have to bring up their children just as cows, tying them up when they cannot be looked after. Else they may wonder off. If this is the case then why give birth to them in the first place? When you cannot afford to feed yourself, why bring another new 'hungry' face into this world?

Sabreena Ahmed, English Department, DU

A Free Show

A couple of days back, I was coming back to my hall with a friend of mine. It was late and we were on a local bus. As the bus made a regular stop in one of the stations a man boarded and took a seat beside the two of us. When the conductor came to collect the fare, he said that he was not willing to pay the fare unless the conductor played some music for him on the bus. We were all totally astonished by this wild request as was the conductor. He agreed to grant the passengers favour and told the driver to put on some music. As soon as it started, the man got up form his seat and started to dance with the conductor, a boy of about ten. They danced for quite a while, much to the surprise and amusement of all the passengers. We disembarked on the next stop. This kind of humorous people are quite rare in Dhaka City nowadays.

Mahbub Alam , Zia Hall, University of Dhaka

Mobile Mockery

One of my neighbour's cell phone was stolen and I was trying to retrieve it. I had called the number a couple of times but there was one responded. My luck came back when the swindler returned my call. He told me that if I wanted the phone back, I had to pay some money. I agreed and he gave me a location where the transaction was to be made. Along with some friends of mine, I made a plan to catch him red-handed. As we waited for him in the desired location, we saw a hideous person come into view. He had a cell phone in his hand that looked similar to the one that was stolen. As soon as the man came closer, we all got out of hiding and caught him, considering him to be the thief. Luck did not favour us this time as we were mistaken. He in turn started to accuse us for trying to steal his cell phone. By now a mob had gathered and everyone was glaring at us for our mistake. Ultimately, we appologised to the man and returned home. On the way back, I could not help but recall a famous saying, “Look before you leap.”

Md. Al Amin Sagar, LL.B (Hons), Dhaka University


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