while back, my cousin and I were returning to our village.
We hailed a rickshaw upon reaching the Sadarghat Launch Terminal.
On our way home, a man wearing a lungi and a torn shirt stopped
us and demanded money. We could clearly figure out that he
was not a usual mugger and was a drug addict. His only weapon
was a small blade, with which he threatened to cut himself
if his demands were not met. Trying to ignore the man, our
rickshaw kept its pace, however the 'druggy' was running along
with the vehicle! It was then that I noticed the horrible
marks on his arms and neck, which were definitely made by
the blade. Scared by the fact that he might cut himself again,
I quickly took some money out and handed it over to him. I
hope that maybe in the future, steps can be taken to fix the
drug problem amongst the depressed and distraught in our country.
few days ago, I, along with one of my friends, was standing
near the Mohakhali bus station waiting for a bus that would
take us to our destination. My friend who lives near Mohakhali
suddenly nudged me and pointed towards a shabbily dressed
middle-aged man who he claimed was a pickpocket. Moreover,
my friend also mentioned that the person lived near his locality.
I could not help watching his every step. Apparently, he was
stalking his prey, an elderly man who was unaware of what
was going on around him. It struck me that I should probably
warn the innocent man but didn't know how to tell him. Before
I could think or say anything, both men got on the bus. Since
then, I often feel as if there are miscreants stalking me,
especially while carrying a good amount of cash.
Sohel Hara, Olympia Palace Restaurant, Topkhana Road
couple of days ago, I went to the Polwell Super Market for
Puja shopping. After roaming around for a while, I found a
shirt that I liked and decided to buy it. However, instead
of stating the price of the shirt, the shopkeeper advised
me against buying the shirt as it was a "Muslim shirt"
and not a "Hindu" one. I have heard of discrimination
over gender, religion and colour of one's skin, but never
over clothes! I guess we are now a part of the minority in
shopping as well.
Roy Department of English Dhaka University