looking outside at the sulky afternoon, I saw a crow distributing
some leftovers to her two babies, which she had collected
from somewhere for their afternoon meal. While she stayed
on guard and let her two baby crows have the meal, one of
the started dragging the other one out of the nest to have
the food all by itself. Seeing this, the mother quickly gave
a gentle blow on its tiny neck with her beak indicating that
the two should share the food equally. Strange indeed, that
even the most neglected creature in our society knows to teach
it's child morality, which we often forget to teach our children
being human beings.
few days back, as I was boarding a rickshaw, the rickshaw-puller
told me in a melancholy tone that he was having a very bad
day. Apparently, a young man with a mobile in his hand got
on his rickshaw and told him to go to mall in Mirpur 1. When
they reached the location, instead of paying the rickshaw-puller,
the man asked the poor rickshaw-<>wallah<> to
bring out all his money. The foolish rickshaw-puller only
had sixty taka on him and he handed that over to the young
man. Content, the man turned and entered the mall and never
returned. The rickshaw-puller also informed me that he didn't
even have enough money to pay the owner of the rickshaw as
rent. I wonder how someone can rob a poor soul like a rickshaw-puller.
"Appearances are often deceptive." The validity
of this proverb became evident to me after hearing the plight
of this rickshaw-puller.
Anwar, M.A. in English, Dhaka College
other day my friend was returning to campus from Farmgate.
Upon reaching Khamarbari, the bus was stopped by a sergeant-escorted
by a few other cops. The sergeant, kept on urging the driver
for 'documents', to which the driver gave his astonishing
reply, "Sir, please let me go today. Income has been
very bad because of the storms and rain." Oblivious to
the constant pleas, the sergeant still pressurised the driver
for the 'documents'. Finally giving up, the driver took a
100-taka note and slid it with the documents for the sergeant.
Upon getting what he actually wanted, the sergeant didn't
even glance at the documents he had been asking for the whole
time. I greatly fear that this has become an everyday affair
for the police and there is nothing we can do about it.
Shafiqul Islam, Dept. of English, Jahangirnagar University