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Dhaka Diary

Say a little prayer
During the last Eid vacations, I, along with some of my cousins visited the 'Nandan Park'. We wandered around at the park from 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm and actually found some time off to relax from the daily hectic routine in life. Being a student of Marketing, I think that clean rest rooms and hang out places act as good marketing strategies especially in a country like ours, and have definitely attracted more people to the park. However, many including my self had to face the problem of finding no proper area to say my prayers. I had to miss my prayers three times. Maybe the authorities should think of making the area more accessible for all kinds of people keeping the factors of race and religion in mind as well. I believe that if there had been an area for prayers for the women, more visitors would definitely drop by. I think all kinds of people should be able to feel comfortable, have fun at the some time and come together to build a friendlier environment.

Farhana Deeba, DU Department of Marketing

Looking at the bright side
For some reason, hartals do not scare me anymore. They have almost lost their significance of proving and fighting for the right cause. These frequent 36-48 hour hartals initially scared the citizens, including me. However, they have eventually become an everyday part of our lives now. I, in fact many like me, now look forward to these hartals. Cruel and heartless as it may sound, I like it when I don't have to wake up for school and miss the make-up of the make-up exam that was postponed twice for the hartals that have been going on for about a month now. The teacher will just have to take the make-up of this one as well!

My friends in the colony are organising a three-day football league tournament, if the opposition announces yet another hartal, this time for at least 72 hours, so that we can all skip school and college and enjoy the days. I am sure the country can look at the bright side of all this and hope for the best regarding its national integrity and unity.

DK Baridhara,Dhaka

The Haunting Memory
The other day at Rifles Square, I went to the washroom to freshen up. I found the room locked so I knocked on the door. Suddenly, I thought I could hear someone groaning there. However, upon finding no one there I thought it was just hallucinating. After a while the door opened and I found a girl sitting on the floor of the room leaning on the door. I got inside the toilet and then heard the sound again. This time I was sure of the source of that creepy sound. I came out and found the girl still groaning and lying on the floor. I didn't know what to do then. It was the first time I was standing so close to a drug addict. Perhaps it was wrong of me to be rushing out of there, but I had nothing to do. Still the face of that girl still haunts my memory.

Shabnam CSE, DU


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