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Dhaka Diary

Drugs and Crimes
One afternoon, I was returning from my coaching class with a friend. We were passing by Dhanmondi, road 13A, when suddenly something caught our eyes. Two boys about our age had stopped a boy in a rickshaw. We halted to see what was going on, and soon understood that they were mugging the poor child. My friend and I approached the crime scene to help the victim. Sensing danger, the muggers started to run. The two boys jumped into a maroon Toyota, that seemed to be waiting for them by the road and fled. As the car sped by, we managed to have a look at the driver, who was also a teenager and was wearing the uniform of a well-known English medium school. I was not only surprised by this, but was extremely shocked. Teenagers from affluent families and studying in good schools were mugging others. I wondered what might be the reason for this, and came up with the only relevant answer-drugs, which are traded quite openly nowadays. Drugs are destroying the youth of our nation. The sad part is that most of the addicted teenagers happen to belong to wealthy families.
Sadat Shams
Maple Leaf Int. School

Are mobile phones worth their use?
Nowadays mobile phone sets offer plenty of options for our convenience. However, it was alarming, particularly on my part, to see my fellow students and also seniors using their sets as a means to store pornographic pictures and videos. Sometimes, they even record clips of couples, jeopardise their privacy and then resort to blackmailing! Can nothing be done regarding this?
Baily Road

The Honest Rickshaw-Puller
A few days ago, I took a rickshaw from my home in Green Corner to the coaching centre in Lalmatia. When I reached my destination, I paid the rickshaw-puller two 10-taka notes. After finishing my class, I came out and was looking for a rickshaw to take me home when I heard someone calling me from behind. When I looked around, I saw that it was the rickshaw puller who brought me to class from home. As he came towards me, I thought that he might complain about the notes that I gave him. They might have been patched up or torn. But he surprised me by saying, “Son, you accidentally gave me two 50-taka notes instead of 10-taka notes!” Saying this, he returned me my money and went away. When I wanted to give him some money for his honesty, he turned down the offer by saying that he might be poor, but he didn't need anyone's favour! As I watched him go away, I couldn't help wondering that if other people had been as sincere and honest like this particular rickshaw puller, our country would definitely be moving towards a brighter future.
Redwan Islam Orittro
Maple Leaf Int. School


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