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     Volume 4 Issue 21 | November 12, 2004 |

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Dhaka Diary

An Avid Reader
A few days ago, I was waiting my turn at the hairdresser's, when an interesting scene outside caught my attention. An elderly mobile tea vendor was engrossed in reading the newspapers stuck on the wall. He was so involved in the activity that he did not notice a prankster sneaking by and hiding his tea container. After a while, when the old man completed his reading and prepared to move from the area, he obviously could not find his tea container anywhere! He panicked and looked here and there desperately for his possession when finally the prankster came to the vendor's rescue and handed the container over to the real owner. He also advised the vendor to be more careful in Dhaka City. The tea vendor was clearly relieved to find his precious belonging and gave the prankster a wide grin!

Mohammed Sohel Hara Olympia Palace Restaurant

Stop Spitting
On the second day of Ramadan, I had gone to the Hawkers market. The place was filthy and filled with spit. For some reason, the ones fasting are always spitting around on the streets, thinking that one is not allowed to swallow. I lifted my sari two inches above the ground and walked inside. While I was walking through the passage, a salesperson, with no hesitation, spit with all his might! I felt like a dirty trash can. As I was fasting, I could not bear to stay there any longer. I think the people around will never learn to keep the surroundings clean even in the next one hundred years. The DCC must keep an eye on these miscreants and punish them for such acts of polluting the environment. Only then can we walk comfortably in the streets.

Rehana Ahmed Uttara

Medical Menace
A while ago, one of my relatives consulted a doctor, due to repeated aches in her breasts. After a week, she was shocked with her medical report, which said that she had breast cancer. She, for obvious reasons, could not agree with the report and therefore went all the way to a neighbouring country and consulted with yet another medical team. To her utter relief, it turned out to be a very simple problem related to acidity in her stomach and was not even close to cancer. How many move cases will there be of misdiagnosis before something is done?

Shermin Kaiser, Mirpur


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