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?
Ahmed, English Department, DU
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.
Alam , Zia Hall, University of Dhaka
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.”
Al Amin Sagar, LL.B (Hons), Dhaka University