other day, while returning home, I witnessed a sad scene.
Near the building where I live, I saw an old lady of about
60, chipping bricks. I watched her for a while. I saw that
she could not keep working continuously and kept having to
take breaks. In order to satisfy my curiosity, I decided to
go talk to her. I learnt that she did not have anybody to
look after her and that she preferred working to begging.
Along with the beautification of the city, can't the government
take any steps to make life easier for the people who live
on its streets?
an ordinary morning I was rushing to my college in Karotia.
On the way, I overheard the word "unholy" from a
passenger sitting behind me in the tempo and I decided to
pay attention to the conversation. I realised then that he
was preaching about women. He was telling other people not
to vote for women because they are unholy! Surprisingly, he
also quoted from a hadith. I could not stay silent after this
and reminded him about his mother, wife and daughters. He
became speechless. The man was not a religious fellow and
apparently was educated. If this was the case then how did
he get such messy view about women? Lack of proper education
along with the lack of respect regarding women are the primary
factors responsible for this frame of mind. No one can deny
that women have been neglected and persecuted in our society.
Certainly, demand of rights is not a sin. So we can not stop
or blame women for engaging themselves in activities that
the men in our society manage to do unquestioned and without
coming across any obstacles. We must be accountable to our
consciences. I believe that no excuse should be allowed in
this age of individualism. Everyone has to free their minds
to reduce all discrepancies between men and women. Only then
can we expect an enlightened country.
the 25th of February, I went to Almas Super Shop in Dhanmondi
to buy some toiletries. I checked out from the cash counter
and was headed towards my friend's house. On the way, I felt
the sudden urge to go through the items in the shopping bag.
I discovered that the 'Brylcreem' container that I had bought,
was only semi-filled. I immediately went back to the shop
for a change. When I went to the toiletries section, the salesgirl
refused to acknowledge that it was their product and that
I had bought it from there. I had the cash receipt and there
was the Almas barcode on the item. Yet, she refused to change
the item. The other assistants in the counter decided not
to get involved. Witnessing the chaos, another sales assistant
from a different section, came up and asked what the problem
was. I explained the situation, whereupon he took me to an
elderly man -- probably a supervisor -- who changed the item.
It is really atrocious that in such a store, the sales assistants
are so unprofessional and refuse to give in even when you
have all the necessary proof. This is the first time I have
come across such poor quality customer service in such a big
Quadri Dhanmondi, Dhaka
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