But there are some things that you have to know before you start taking the bus to coaching:
2. Avoid local buses as much as possible. The seats are rubbish, but you'll have to be really lucky to be able to sit in one of them. They also tend to want to drop people off near the middle of the road. Be wary, because a CNG might just come up from behind.
3. Where there are a number of bus services to choose from, wait to see which bus arrives first before buying a ticket. Although the tickets are returnable, you might find yourself in a shouting match against a stubborn ticket seller who refuses to give you back your money [which is a waste of time]. So you might feel like a fool while other buses heading for your destination pass before your eyes, while you are just standing there with the ticket for a bus that seems to be taking it's time.
4. If you are unsure, you can ask about which bus to take to reach your destination at the counters.
5. When you get on the bus, the helper will tear the ticket. Keep the torn piece, because sometimes, checkers do get on the bus and paying a fine is one humiliation you really don't want to face.
6. This is pretty well known, but try not to pass near a bus window. Even if you don't get hit by intentional spit, you can get drenched in unintentional vomit.
Well, I'd say you are pretty much done with the theory of metro bus riding. All you need now is experience. Oh! One last thing. If you see a lady without a seat, don't hesitate to give yours up. It doesn't hurt to be chivalrous…much. Besides, it is much more fun standing. That's about it, I guess. Good luck joy riding.
By Kazim Ibn Sadique
Fresh fruit fights
Fights between parents are always seen as such morbid occurrences for a household. Those that I have read about and seen in movies have been surrounded by an awful heaviness in the air. In my household they happen to be somewhat amusing! What follows is a very typical 'fight' between my parents regarding a matter of remarkable significance; which breed of banana is better?
The battlefield: dining table
Mom: I didn't get it, the guests who came over today brought it.
Dad: You got them last time and they weren't sweet at all, fat bananas but not sweet.
Dad: Mother always brought shagor kola…they are the best.
Mom (exasperated): Yes yes they are…I intentionally get those other bananas to piss you off because I know you do not like them… happy??
Dad (surrendering laugh): Well now at least it's out in the open, well good.
Me (timidly): well these ones are better…
Dad (taking one and biting into it, not being able resist some fruit after dinner): Hmm yes this is slightly better…improvement.
Brother: But the lychees they brought are awful…throw those away.
Dad: No no these ones are good, the last ones were awful.
Mom (to me): one is talking about lychees and the other about bananas
Me: so I notice.
Well the season of fruits brings much joy but as you can see its not quite true for our household. But then again when it leaves its even more complicated….
The same battlefied:
Mom (already in as unpleasant mood for some blunder than the made has done): Well the season has gone. All the mangos now are ripe and sweet… the dal would become inedible.
Dad: Well I've been telling you for years… and I'm quite sure the shops still have unripe mangos.
Mom: Well if you're so sure then why do you not get them?!? Why can't you take up some responsibilities for once?
Dad(peeking in): Well alright…I guess there are more seasons how about then…?
And so these fruitful seasons come and go, adding a lot to the dinnertime conversations. Which years we consumed most mangos, the time when my parents used to climb trees to get lychees, why Noakhali mangos are eaten in the dark (apparently its because it has too much 'poka' or rotten spots!!) so on and so forth. My mother's recent claim is that this year's fruits won't be that sweet due to the rain that has come before the harvest and thus 'washed away the sweetness'.
I don't argue with her explanations and predictions they turn out to be uncannily correct. Her weather predictions are certainly better than BTV's (which somehow always happens to be the same: domka howa shoho guru guru brishtir shobhobona). But nonetheless try as I might with my A level physics I could not come to any logical explanation regarding the mango. Does the water seep in and dilute the sweetness…but wouldn't that inflate the mango? See what I mean… but then again there are so many things A level Physics does not cover. Maybe the answer lies in biology, soil and things. Yeah it's confusing but it doesn't make the fun of summer fruits any less so don't forget to catch freshest fruits of the season!
By Midnight Maiden
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