by the roads of Tangail, one will definitely be astonished
by the American 'rickshawwala' roaming about for a passenger.
Justin works for the American Peace Corp and teaches English
language at the department of Youth Development. He has been
living in Tangail for over two years. It seems that he feels
the pulse of our society. Feeling sympathetic towards orphans,
he donates money to a local orphanage for which he hired the
rickshaw to earn some extra money. This leads me to think
of what we are doing to help the downtrodden in our own country.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of individual effort to do
something for the deprived. We should broaden our outlook
and help the people of our country as much as possible.
few days ago, we had gone to Safipur on a family picnic. We
had reserved a spot--'Malancha'-- beforehand. It was a really
nice place and all of us were simply relaxing and enjoying
ourselves. In the middle of it all, I felt the need to go
to the toilet. However, I was ready to endure all the difficulties
by not going to one of those public toilets, since they happen
to be really filthy. My sister, however, claimed that the
toilet was good enough at the picnic spot and that I could
use it. So I decided to give it a shot and to my great surprise,
I found that the toilet was actually clean! I really couldn't
believe my eyes for some time upon finding such a facility
in pristine condition in Bangladesh! I thank the Safipur Picnic
Spot Authority for assuring such clean toilets for picnickers.
Jahed Jiti VNC
Writings on the Walls
few years ago, we used to see many political slogans being
written on the walls of the city in vibrant colours and in
big letters. Now, it has become a cliché. People, especially
adolescent boys, write on the walls, whatever strikes their
minds. Usually, they do it with spray paint on the newly plastered
walls at midnight. While passing the roads, signs such as
'BMW', 'DMC' a wide 'S' in a new design, etc. can be seen.
Nobody knows what they mean. Maybe, they are done to instigate
other similar artists to come up with something better or
perhaps they are just done to make a fashion statement.
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