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October 3, 2003

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A Funny Punishment

I was coming home from university by rickshaw. In the Matsha Bhaban circle, the rickshaw accidentally hit the rear of a four-wheeler and broke the cover of a light. The driver came out instantly. I was scared that the driver might start beating the rickshaw puller, creating a scene. The driver seemed very angry when he came out and asked what explanation he (the driver) would give to his boss! Looking at the rickshaw-puller with anger, he took the gamchha from his (the rickshaw walla's) neck. Then he got back into his car and threw the gamchha out of the window onto the main road. It seemed really strange and funny to me. The rickshaw-puller waited a little and then went to pick up his gamchha from the road. As it was the main road, it was really difficult for him and took quite a while but he finally managed to retrieve his belonging. I have never seen such an angry reaction that resulted in such a punishment.

Shamima Nasreen, Shantinagar

The Beggar

A few months ago, some of my friends and I were having a chat at the DU campus. A white-bearded old man, about 70 years old, walked over to us and said, “Excuse me, could you please help me?” He said this in perfect English. We were staring at him, astonished at his fluency. He was rather thin, poorly dressed and had a very sad look on his face. He was asking for some money from us as he was very poor. Out of curiosity, I asked him why he begged as he seemed quite educated. The man said nothing and looked away. I noticed that his eyes had started brimming with tears. What could have happened to this fellow I was wondering?

Abul Kalam Azad, Dept. of Law, DU

Sense of Humour of a Dhakaite

I was on my way home from Dhaka University when I got stuck in a traffic jam in front of Dhaka City College. I was rather enjoying the jam as I was in no hurry at that time and so I was taking in the scenery. I was looking around when I noticed an old man urinating on a wall. There were people walking past the man but he looked quite indifferent to this and showed no signs of shame. What was really funny was the fact that there was a “Don't urinate” sign quite close to where he was involved in his unhygienic act. The sign also said warned anyone caught would be fined Tk.50. No one seemed to care.

Mahfuz, DU


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