I was just
about to get into a scooter on my way to work when a policeman
came and started to have a small talk with the driver. Since
I was in a hurry, I asked the policeman what the problem was.
He simply replied that he was doing a routine check as most
vehicles were being used illegally on the streets. Since the
cop was not leaving, I told him to take a bribe from the driver
and let the scooter go. He looked shocked and gave me a dirty
look and took the scooter driver's license to his 'superior
officer', the driver following close by. After a while the scooter
driver returned smiling. When I asked him what had happened,
the driver told me that the cop had gone to a sergeant and had
told him how I had insulted him. The sergeant too felt insulted
for the way I had talked against his subordinate's 'honest earnings'.
He (the sergeant) was about to come and 'deal with me' when
my scooter driver told him that I had a few 'loose screws in
my head'. The sergeant was quite forgiving. He took the bribe
of Tk.10 and immediately realised the license. I could not but
smile at the scooter driver's witty remarks.
Negligence to Law
was travelling from Kalabagan to IBA hostel through Panthapath
early in the morning. While passing the Panthapath crossing,
a traffic policeman signalled my rickshaw puller to stop but
my rickshaw puller turned a deaf ear to his call. The policeman
consecutively came to us and stopped our rickshaw. Next, he
blatantly started to swear at the rickshaw puller. I could not
say much, him being a law enforcer. After I had learnt at least
five new slangs, the rickshaw puller politely asked the policeman
why he was being so rude. "Everything will be cool after
I give you Tk.2," said the rickshaw puller calmly. "Give
the money first and then talk", was the policeman's reply.
I watched the whole scene as a silent viewer. I finally saw
why even the rickshaw pullers pay so little respect to the words
of a traffic policeman.
Jabed Amin (Juwel), Khilkhet
Thursday, our school arranged a picnic for us, the SSC candidates.
We went to the "Shafipur Anser Camp" in Gazipur. There
are about twenty-five tourist spots there and each looking like
tiny forests with beautiful names like Topoban, Barsha,
Moushumi etc. I was having a great time there but after
a while I came to realise that there was not a bird in sight.
My friend Nazia and I took a walk, looking about for a glimpse
of any bird, even a crow. Not only didn't we see any birds,
the whole forest seemed silent. After a long walk, we gave up
our hope of finding any birds there. I can't help but wonder
what have happened to all the birds in the Anser Camp.
Jahed Jiti, V.N.S.