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Dhaka Diary

Nothing can be Sweeter

It was the 20th of February. I was standing in front of all the queues made by the children on the playground and watching them place their flower’ in front of the Shaheed Minar's prototype made and arranged by our school. While I was watching the activities taking place, I noticed one of my students, Nathaniel, fidgeting in his place. When I approached him, he was giving me the yellow rose, which he was holding and asking me to keep it. There is as much pleasure in receiving a flower as there is in giving it to someone. Do practise giving flowers to your favourite people every now and then.

Sabah Hossain

Daylight Robbery

Last Friday, all the male inhabitants of our building, including the guard, had left for the Jumma prayers. There were two cars left in the garage, one was ours and the other was the landlord's. After half an hour or so, we came back from the Jumma prayer, only to find that there was one car in the garage and broken pieces of glass on the floor. The landlord's car was gone! Apparently somebody had snuck into our building and had made off with the car. We inquired around the block about the car, and one guard of a house at the end of our road said that he saw two men on the motor bike drive up to the end of the road where our house was and after a while there was one man on the bike and another car returning from the end. The guard obviously could not piece together anything. Robbers, it seems are getting more and more innovative and smart. I wish such intelligence could have been used for good causes and not for robbery.

Shahruk Hossain
Bangladesh International School

Diary from Chittagong

Bending the Law

The other day, I had gone to Naval Road at Patenga with my friends. While trying to hire a CNG auto-rickshaw at GEC circle, we noticed an interesting thing. There were other passengers for Patenga, trying to hire CNG auto-rickshaws as well. The passengers were asked to go by the metre or pay 100-110 taka at least. The passengers tried to negotiate with the driver at 80 taka but in vain. Instead of going for the first option, the passengers opted for the 100 taka fare. They feared that if they went by the metre, the fare would probably cross 100 taka. We often blame the law enforcement bodies for not doing their duties properly. However, sometimes we overlook the fact that we break a lot of laws ourselves as well. Until we become conscious ourselves, it is not possible for a society to run properly.

Md. Saimum Reza Piash
Dept. of Law, University of Chittagong

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