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|Volume 11 |Issue 22| June 01, 2012 ||
Some days ago, I was looking for a rickshaw in front of my college. It was about 5.30 pm and the rush hour had begun. People were desperately looking for transport. I suddenly saw a middle-aged rickshaw puller arguing with four young men. They were asking him to take all four of them to their desired destination, but the rickshaw-puller refused. It seemed to me that riding the rickshaw together was a matter of enjoyment to them and they failed to see why the rickshaw-puller was not willing to take them all. Two of the students had already hopped on while the rickshaw-puller argued with the rest. The angry boys then started yelling at the rickshaw puller. Two of them laughed and said, "Mama you would have agreed to carry five passengers, if we were girls." The rickshaw puller finally gave in and decided to take the four men. I really felt bad for the rickshaw puller. How can people be so cruel and heartless?
Probir Chandra Das
Every Cloud has a Silver Lining!
A few days ago, due to hartal, I got an unexpected break from my usual routine; I didn't have to drop my kids to school. Their exam was postponed. Because of the extra time I had in the morning, I decided to take a walk in the Ramna Park nearby. I cannot take regular walks but can only do so when my children's school is closed. As I entered the park I saw men with red caps distributing leaflets. It was the World Hypertension Day, and they were handing out leaflets on healthy lifestyle habits. It was a good reminder to me, because even though I do not have hypertension, both my parents have to take strong medicines for their uncontrolled blood pressure. I decided to incorporate daily walks into my routine, and serve healthier low-salt meals for my own and family's health. We often neglect our health, which is the most important asset. The unexpected break in a way helped me realise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Every cloud, indeed, has a silver lining.
Just another Day in Paradise
The other day, we were stuck in traffic, when an unusual incident took place. A man leaned out of a CNG and grabbed the bag of the girl sitting in a rickshaw. Instead of screaming or being flustered, the girl pulled her bag in a very casual, yet determined manner; as if it was the most usual thing to do. The man, too, refused to let go. The ended up playing tag for at least a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, the man sitting next to her in the rickshaw simply stared, as if failing to comprehend what was happening, as did the other people around them. Finally, the girl got a good grip on the bag and used it to hit the man in the CNG on his head. The traffic lights turned green at the exact moment, and everyone went on their merry ways. I was just amazed at the ease with which we treat mugging these days.
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