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Star Diary

Smoking Around Children

The other day I was on my way to my Maths private tuition. Soon enough, I got stuck in Dhanmondi. Abruptly, I observed a very peculiar scene. A man and a woman were sitting on a rickshaw just beside my car. The man had a baby on his lap and he was also smoking. The puffs of lethal smoke from the man's cigarette were gradually encircling the baby. The baby was also trying to play with the grey fumes and the man was encouraging him to do so further. How can people be so blind? This habit will not only ruin their lives but the people around them. Moreover, this may prove to be fatal for children in the long run.
Fariha Hasan
Mastermind School, Dhaka


This incident took place while I was returning back home from my university after finishing my MBA class at around 10.00 pm. Suddenly a man had stopped me and asked why I had shoved him. However I tried to make him understand that I had not pushed him at all. However, the man would not listen and kept on screaming that I had pushed him and for this I would have to pay some money as compensation. Meanwhile another man approached and I evidently realised that they would snatch either my cell phone or my wallet, or maybe both. When I told them that I had not enough money, they wanted to see my wallet. They rummaged through some visiting cards and returned it to me without paying any attention to how much money I had inside. Then the second man told me to bring out my cell phone and save his number into the phone book. After entering the number, when I put the cell phone into my pocket one of the muggers told me to bring my cell phone out again. Meanwhile, a few of my friends were coming over to help me out, when the two muggers took my phone and ran away. It was quite an experience.
Tasdir Ahmed Topu
American International University of Bangladesh


The other day, I hailed a rickshaw to go home from my office. The rickshaw puller was a young man of about 30 and a strong fellow. As I was going to get on the rickshaw, the rickshaw puller wanted me to hear him out for a while. He said that he was an educated man and felt extremely ashamed of working as a rickshaw puller. He badly needed money to buy a lungi and asked me to help him. I told him that I would help him with some extra money, as long as he took me to my destination. Surprisingly, he got angry and just rode away! I was a little surprised at his attitude. If he was educated, why was he begging for money? It is only through working hard that one can reach his or her goals.
Mousumi Islam
Chandgaon, Chittagong


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