Tittle-tattle Tilts to a Tale
I had jotted down the following on October 14, hoping that
after additions and deletions, if necessary total negation,
I would post that or something totally different on the evening
of 17th, my ultimate deadline.
ever in my wildest of thoughts had I imagined that the authorities
concerned would actually be in the same frame of slapstick
mind while formulating an official document, as reported by
Janakantha on October 17. The work of officials is so much
more admirable when they are blessed with humour.
notes of the 14th:
People seem to have lost all sense of rationality, common
sense and wisdom. They fail to understand that the only reason
why a passenger can find himself in the cockpit of an aeroplane
is because his seatbelt had suddenly snapped when the pilot
pressed hard on the brakes. I have reasons to believe they
have a brake and only rely on an earthen wall when all else
fails. Oh! How I miss Newton! In Physics they explain
the phenomenon as inertia.
evidence of the poor passenger's unintended propulsion into
the cockpit, take note of the fact that he was hit so hard
on the head that he now claims himself to be the ex-MD of
an airlines company. Cor! What some guys will not say on TV!
In the medical world they explain it as amnesia.
is not only the seats that turned, but tables too. So obvious
was the seatbelt malfunction that the oblivious passenger
involved in the obligatory involuntary forward motion is now
seriously considering suing the seatbelt manufacturer, the
cheat, sorry seat manufacturer. In the insurance world
they call it a claim. The least one can do is give him a buck
up. If you would all join in then the plurality could mean
bucks for him.
is unfortunate (as per reports) that the appointed insurance
companies, taking advantage of a two-forked Bangladesh, are
looking for silly excuses in a bid to evade their fiscal responsibility.
They are working on the hypothesis that here if you say even
the most bizarre and brainless thing on earth (or even in
flight) there are some who will believe you and some who will
oppose, whatever the rationality of either. The British
called it 'divide and rule'.
now that the facts have been laid bare, the companies are
requested to please pay up our due. They will of course receive
a formal letter from the concerned ministry who must be congratulated
for not forgetting to insure the vessel, I hope. In Bangladesh,
that too is possible. And yes! Had that happened, some would
have hailed the non-insurance of the aircraft as a momentous
moment in our go-low-rious history and some would have opposed
it; rationality here is unimportant, because our nationality
is Bangladeshi. In politics in this part of the world
it is called five-year democracy.
one cannot but feel immensely relieved at the near-zero casualties
(minus the unfortunate injuries and the trauma that all must
have suffered) after the recent skid-off at MAGO International
Airport, Sylhet. And, despite the huge financial loss of an
aircraft from an already depleted national fleet of a poor
country it is reassuring to learn that the F-28s that have
been prone to technical faults since its purchase are thus
being made non-operational. In religion it is called divine
am still pondering on the half-done piece when on the 17th
morning I find the following in Janakantha (page 2). I have
to give it in original Bangla so that its spirit is not lost
has told Lloyds a story about Muyeed Choudhury's presence
in the cockpit. That story is that Muyeed Choudhury was indeed
sitting in his seat. After the aircraft met with the accident
Muyeed Choudhury flung from his seat to the cockpit. He was
trapped there in that position. The people of Lloyds Company
have accepted this story as true.'
the only positive aspect in the episode is that some government
machineries have begun to think (if that is the right word)
like Chintito. That can't be all that bad, even it is rather
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