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Dhaka Diary

A Sad Tale
The 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?

Reza Dhaka College

Social Discrepancy
On 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.

Biddut Khoshnobish Tangail

Bad Customer Service
On 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 shop.

Arbab Quadri Dhanmondi, Dhaka


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