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<%-- Volume Number --%> Vol 1 Num 139 <%-- End Volume Number --%>

January 23, 2004

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What a sight!

The other day, I was going to Dhanmondi from my cousin's house in Banani. We were waiting for a long time at a particular traffic light and were getting thoroughly bored. The traffic sergeant seemed to be getting bored too but unlike us and to our utter shock, he found something to occupy himself--in the middle of jam-packed traffic in broad daylight--he started scraping his tongue with his dirty blackened index finger nail. My cousin, who lives in the US and was just getting used to seeing people picking their nose in public, was flabbergasted at this new shocking sight.

Hana Ahmed, Mohammadpur

A Gritty Tale

There is a slum at the end of the road from where I live. Last month, as I was passing the slum, I saw a few poor children playing there. As usual they were not properly dressed and looked very dirty. What was really shocking was that one of the older kids (about three years old), was eating sand. I don't know if the other children saw the incident but they seemed to have no reaction to it whatsoever. It was almost as if it was a common thing for them. I'm sure that this child isn't the only slum dweller eating sand! Is this the real picture of Dhaka? What have we become?

Wajahat Anwar, Mirpur

Voice of Humanity

A few days ago, as I was returning from my tuition at night, I saw three young girls, about thirteen years of age, near BUET's main gate. One of them came towards me and offered to sell me a 'bokul mala'. She was shabbily dressed and her hair was a mess. From a distance, I'm sure that people would call her mad. I paid her Tk.5 but did not take any mala. She went away without saying anything. After returning to my room, I started to wonder: what could the future hold for such girls? What has she got to look forward to in her life? She needs help but who will come forward to assist her? I know for a fact that there are a lot of rich people, people who spend a lot of money for no particular reason. When it comes to spending some money for the poor, where are these 'upper class people'? Unless we all come forward and extend our helping hands, it will not be possible to build a peaceful society.

Mahabub, Chemical Engineering, BUET



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