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April 16, 2004

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Lack of Civil Sense

The other day, I was at my collage with some of my friends. We were enjoying our lunch break in front of our library. We were all standing haphazardly and one of the girls was standing right underneath the cornice of the building. Suddenly, we heard an ear-shattering shrill from her. It took us all by surprise and we all rushed to her aid. When we got close to her, to our utter amazement, we found her completely drenched with water. Someone from the first floor must have showered her while washing his or her hand or something. Though we all had a good laugh at her expense, I could not help but realise our lack of civil sense.

Maimuna Haq Shaoki
Viqarunnisa Noon College

Fellow Traveller

I was on my way to Motijheel when a woman got on the bus and sat next to me. After a while, I realised the lady was weeping. I politely asked her what was wrong and she started to tell me her story. She said that she was a maid-servant in some local house and her husband worked in some local clinic. While on her way to see him, she had hired a rickshaw with another fellow passenger who agreed to share the cost with her, as he too was going to the same place. When they reached the destination, she had no change with her but the nice man who had accompanied her agreed to get change from a nearby shop. She was told to wait with the rickshaw puller while he went to change her Tk.100 note. She waited for about an hour but he did not return. The frustrated rickshaw puller too started to charge the poor maid for his fare but she didnít have any more money. Then she boarded a bus, not knowing what her next move would be. I heard her with a heavy heart. I paid the full bus fare for the poor victim who, of all people, had to be a honest maid. I hope people are extra careful while sharing their ride with someone unknown.

Md. Zillur Rahaman
DIT Plot, Gandaria

Duty of Police

A few days ago, I went to Nilkhet to buy some books. As I got closer to a food shop I noticed a man, about 45 years of age, asking the shopkeeper for a 'Crown' energy drink. The shopkeeper told the him that that particular energy drink was currently banned. When the customer left, the shop owner turned to serve me and we had a small chat. He said that when the news of the ban on certain energy drinks hit the streets, he (the shopkeeper) had two cans of Hunter energy with him. Two policemen came over to his shop one night and told him that it was a raid and they had to seize all illegal drinks. After saying this, they took the two cans of energy drinks and went off, telling the shopkeeper not to keep such items in his shop in the future. Once outside, they opened the cans and started to sip away on what they had termed as 'illegal items'.

Mahbub Alam
Engineering Department, DU


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