An Embarrassing Situation
The other day, while I was going to college, it began to rain suddenly because of which I had to take shelter in a shop at Chakbazaar. I suddenly noticed two policemen were following me for a long time. As I stopped walking, I noticed the two policemen stopping as well. I tried to ignore them and waited for the rainfall to finish. After a while, a young lad, who was with the two policemen, came over to me with a piece of paper. A phone number was written on it, obviously belonging to one of the policemen. I was dumbfounded by this and extremely disgusted by this behaviour. I had always expected better from the Chittagong Metropolitan Police, who we could depend on. Who shall we turn to on the street for help, if the authorities turn out to be one of the elements in society that we prefer to avoid?
Baizid Bostami, Chittagong
It was 7 in the morning, on the first day of Ramadan. I was sleeping after having my seheri at midnight. Suddenly my cell phone started ringing. It was an unknown number. I felt annoyed but answered the phone. The person from the other end screamed, “Congratulations! You have just won 13 lakh takas from our promotional campaign! Please send 600 takas to recharge immediately in order to claim your prize." I rebuked the person profusely and said, “Why do you cheat people in this way? Is there no other way to earn money?" But what the person replied was shocking. "Sir,” he said. “This is called digital cheating. Everyday we cheat several people, especially those living in the rural areas and are ignorant about this. You must be a Dhakaite. Sorry, I guess dialled the wrong number!” I urge the mobile operators to kindly address this problem more seriously so that innocent people do not fall prey to these digital cheaters.
A friend of mine, who is very intelligent, has always been a very average student in class. He is a believer of the horoscopes and always hoped for his luck to get better. He would always blame his luck for his failure. Not only that, he would read his daily horoscopes before giving an exam or before attending an event. Quite recently, I found him wearing a ring with a stone on it, his birthstone, he explained. It would help him to get better in his studies. Surprisingly enough, he soon became one of the top students in our class! At first I couldn't believe it. But later on I realised that he was working hard and was putting in more effort in his work. The ring actually gave him more confidence and suddenly believed that he was capable of things he never thought he could do earlier. We must realise that we are the masters of our fates. If we work hard to achieve something, no birthstones, horoscope readings and palmistry will stop us from achieving our goal.
Rahim Abu Ali Sajwani
North South University
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