of the week:
Ah, good, the waters
are receding at last.
Well, when people say that this year's flood was worse than the previous ones, I'll have to assume that they weren't judging it from the water level perspective. Someone I know was telling me about the 1988 flood, when launches used to ply through the roads of Shyamoli, where the water rose up to the third and fourth storeys of the buildings. In Gulshan, you could take a boat ride over the boundary wall of the Manarat school. As for the flood that occurred in 1998, well, I distinctly remember school being closed for weeks because the ground floor was flooded with knee-deep water. However, if you consider the damage caused to roads and crops this year, combined with the rising list of victims of flood-related diseases, and the amount of money that is required to fix all this, you could say that this year's deluge was a rotter. Was it worse than the previous ones? I don't know for sure. Do the readers have anything to say about it? Any stories to share?
While I wait to hear from you, I hope you all have a pleasant week, and knowing that you are far more fortunate than many, please try to help those whose lives have been turned topsy-turvy by this natural calamity. Till next week, take care.
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YOU CAN'T CALL ME SELFISH!
Today I am concerned about how I will get to a concert with the road in front of Aarong flooded. Yesterday I was worried about how to make it to my best friend's house with the road in front of her house under water. The day before that… Well, the day before that, I didn't care because I basically stayed home and didn't have to go outside. You see, these floods? They mean nothing to me. They are just a bunch of photographs on the newspaper. A few minutes of video clips on the TV channels.
What's the big deal about these floods anyway? Now that I'm not going to school, it makes even less of a difference. It's not like my school is going to give us extended holidays. What's the point of having these floods if there's no notice sent home saying, 'School closed until further notice'? This year's flood is so useless.
So big deal if 20 million people have been affected. It's not like I know any one of them. My broadband's working, my phone line's fine. On top of it, I'm still getting the cables_ so my life hasn't been terminated. So what if the newspaper claims 660,000 hectares of farmland have been damaged? I went to Helvetia only yesterday to have their chicken broast. I'm not the one starving here, so it's not my problem.
And the floods aren't going to stop me from buying all the things I have been planning to. With the beginning of the new month, I expect my wallet to be loaded soon enough. Hey, I work hard for that money. I deserve to spend it on myself. I will buy a new watch because I'm too lazy to go fix my old one. I will buy new walking shoes_ most probably Reebok ones. I'll get some new clothes because school will be starting in a few days. I want some new shoes because my friends have at least 50 pairs each and I have just a few. I have to get a RHCP CD, the DVD version of I, Robot and… You know, I was up early in the morning that day to watch the Democratic National Convention. Teresa Heinz Kerry, wow, that woman can speak! I really hope the Democrats win this time. Imagine another term of that intellectually challenged G. Bush. As for my country? Hey, I am not old enough to vote so I don't really care. So what if the administration allocates Taka 0.6 to each flood victim in Bogra? I didn't even know there could be a Taka 0.6! It's been a while since I last saw a 50 paisa coin, so pardon my foggy memory.
In fact, though the last thing I'd call myself is romantic, the monsoon has always been my favourite season. I love the rain! Having 'khichuri' with 'achar' on a cloudy afternoon. Followed by a good Nick Hornby novel in the bed and a good nap. You can see how busy my life here is. I don't really have the time to volunteer at the relief centers. I might actually miss my daily dose of 'Just Shoot Me' and God, I wouldn't want THAT to happen.
Besides, right now, I have a lot of things on my mind. Have to start preparing for my SAT. After all, like the fifty kids I know from my class, I, too want to go to a hotshot Ivy League. Do a dual major, get my bachelors degree, work for Goldman Sachs and bring long-digit checks home. Who wants to stay in this God forsaken country anyway? I'm too smart to stay in this dump. Honestly. I plan to grow up and live in a Malibu mansion with imported Italian furniture. So why should I care that the water in Lalbagh is actually neck-deep. Not knee-deep, but neck-deep! How do you walk in neck-deep water? Oh, well, I don't have to do it anytime so don't want to waste my time thinking over it…
Of course I'd consider volunteering to help the flood victims if they gave me a certificate or something. But will the flood victims I help actually give me recommendations I can send with my applications? If not, why waste my time over something that wouldn't even acknowledge my hard work?
They call me and my generation the 'future of the nation'. I laugh at the title on its face. For surely, I am way too concerned with my own future, having a hard time figuring how it's going to be_ forget about this nation, I couldn't care less about its presumably bleak future… Nope, these floods don't affect me. The agony of the millions of people don't affect me. And compared to some people out there, you can't even call me selfish.
By Maliha Bassam
Wish all my friends
a very happy friendship day andÊmy friends of Dhaka College are
requested to mail me at email@example.com ...please do not mail me
at my previous address.
Crucified and Slayer
After bugging you for weeks with horrific horror-scopes, we decided to bring you the real deal. So check out our Teen scopes and see what the stars have in store for you this month.
- Expand your knowledge and sign up for courses and classes. You'll
communicate easily and develop new friendships. You're ready to take
action and take over. If you and your significant other aren't getting
along, now's the time to try going on a break.
Pisces Turn up the charm to get your own way this month. Cultural activities will prove to be quite enlightening for everyone, so grab those tickets for that concert or that show. Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with clients or colleagues. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
Aries Uh-oh…looks like you're in for a lot of family fights, Aries. Keep your cool, and get all your facts straight before doing anything rash. You might not have a lot of support, but if you really believe in it, go for it. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
Cancer - You'll stay out of trouble if you pick projects that will benefit the whole family. Co-workers may not be giving you all the pertinent information. You have to know what your boss or teacher wants if you expect to do your job correctly. Relatives may seek your advice. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
- You are in a high cycle where travel, education, and creative endeavours
are concerned. Try to ease any disappointment by making amends. Don't
gossip. Realise that you don't have to do everything yourself.
- Do you really want to start something with someone you can't
reason with? Your greatest gains will come through your creative ideas.
Help others solve their dilemmas. Be confident in your endeavours and
others will believe in your efforts.
This is the time to read the fine print rather than finalising your
objectives. Strong willpower will come to your rescue. Your ability
to put a deal together will surprise others. Generous as you are, dear
lion, keep an eye on your spending or else your wallet will be severely
dented this month.
Virgo If you've been wanting to redo your room, this is the best time to do it. Be careful of smooth-talkers, and don't trust anyone with your money this month. Make sure you've checked all the details before entering into any agreement, to avoid messy misunderstandings. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
- This is a great month to get out and enjoy an entertaining evening
with friends or lovers. Minor health problems will cause setbacks if
you haven't taken proper care of yourself. Set your goals and stick
to your guns. Get more involved in group efforts at work or school.
Go easy on the workload, buddy. Take some time off for R n' R and talk
to your gf/bf about where your relationship is heading. Now's the time
to be managing your responsibilities, and keeping on top of things so
as not to get out of shape. At work or school, watch your back and keep
your elbows out.
- You must try to lay your cards on the table. Talk to your beloved
and tell him/her how you feel. Get busy. Social activities that involve
the whole family will be enjoyable. You are best not to discuss your
personal life with others.
- You need to do more things that you enjoy. Don't break any promises
you've made. You'll be in a generous mood this month (friends, take
note!) At work, be professional, and you will advance much more quickly.
By Mistress of Legends
seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the
minister walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good
Ustad Guru Lord's Poetry Corner
My audience, I throw before you pearls, but I ask myself, am I surrounded by swine? Please, immerse yourself in the depth of my deepness.
to My Wallet
on Pretty Woman
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