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Dhaka Diary

American Rickshaw Wala!
Walking 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.

Biddut Khoshnobish Tangail

Public Toilet
A 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.

Jafrin Jahed Jiti VNC

Chittagong Diary

Absurd Writings on the Walls
A 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.

A.Ahmed Chittagong


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