sister and two of her friends were returning from a friend's
place a few days ago. Upon reaching her home one of her friends
got off and left. Moving forward a few yards, the rickshaw
walla started asking questions about the girl. It seems he
was a matchmaker and made a living by fixing and arranging
marriages between couples. He was interested in the girl and
wanted to get her married. My sister and her friend were dumbfounded
to hear such unexpected remarks. The rickshaw wallah went
on and mentioned that he charged around Tk 10,000 for each
arrangement, though his family was unaware of this habit of
his. Next, he turned to my sister, much to her horror and
started asking about her whereabouts. This time, both my sister
and her friend were scared and thought it would be a good
idea to leave the rickshaw at bay from their respective destination.
When they were getting off, the puller asked them not to take
anything to heart. My sister and her friend sprinted home
all the way with a bemused face. Just imagine the plight of
young girls in our country, who get marked down for such superficial
arrangements just about anywhere by just about anybody!
Haq Shaoki Viqarunnisa Noon College
beats a good beating
my way to a friends house the other day, I saw a crowd exploding
with screams and shouts. As I reached the spot, I saw a young
man about the same age as me being brutalised by eleven monstrous
men. The man, who was half-dead, gasped for breath while a
huge scoundrel trampled on him. The rest of the crowd kicked
and punched him. I tried to stop them but it was all in vain.
When I found out the "crime", the punishment seemed
severe. The young man was just a misguided youth who had stolen
a wallet. The crowd was filled with ordinary men who had nothing
to do in the scene. They could have taken him to the police.
Further more, why do these petty thieves have to go through
such severe punishments, while the godfathers and Dons who
snatch the living daylights out of us remain disappointingly
Azmi Syed Mohammadpur
was going to my workplace by bus one day, where a passenger
suddenly screamed out that some one had sneaked out his mobile
phone out from his pocket. The bus was crowded and I was standing
uncomfortably. Immediately, a few of the passengers asked
the bus conductor to close the bus door so that nobody could
get off the bus. The guy who lost the mobile announced that
he would check everyone since he was sure that his stolen
mobile was still in the bus. The journey suddenly became very
interesting and I was looking forward to some real life drama!
Some advised him to call his mobile so as to trace it. Before
this drama could stretch out like any Hindi soap opera, to
my utter disappointment one of the passengers found the mobile,
claiming that someone had thrown it to his feet from behind.
The drama finally came to a happy ending. Though the victim
didn't find the offender, he was content with his precious
cell phone. I was happy to find another reason for not owning
a mobile myself.
Sohel Hara Olympia Palace Restaurant
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