Home  -  Back Issues  -  The Team  -  Contact Us
     Volume 5 Issue 108 | August 18, 2006 |

   Cover Story
   In Retrospect
   Special Feature
   Human Rights
   Dhaka Diary
   Book Review
   New Flicks
   Write to Mita

   SWM Home

Dhaka Diary

Art of Crashing Weddings
Crashing weddings is more of an art form. It takes skill. If your skills are lacking, then you might want to take up a different hobby because this is dangerous business. The big bad wedding bouncers can drag one out. Usually the so-called bouncers are the old, frail and fragile parents of the bride or groom who figure out that you're not a relative in any way shape or form. You just have to make sure and find out who the parents are and make sure to stay clear of them. Like I said before, crashing weddings is a hobby and an art form. It takes some acting talent to get through the gates. Speaking in English and acting as if I am the foreign guest of “Shobha Khala,” one of my made up relatives, is usually the line I use to get into the party. One would ask what my motive is for such a heinous act. Well, I would say that it's for the food and the food alone…And also the satisfaction of the fact that I've been able to fool hundreds of people into thinking that I, the so-called foreign guest of the so-called “Shobha Khala,” is actually invited.
Serial Wedding Crasher

Proud of being Bangladeshi
My cousin Sakib, born and brought up in the United States, recently came to visit Bangladesh. I spent a lot of my time showing him our beautiful country. Though he never came to Bangladesh before, he knew a lot about it from books. He was more excited to see the country for real. After travelling a lot and visiting a lot of places, Sakib finally came to the decision that “Bangladesh is awesome. The greenery, the paddy fields, the silvery rivers, and the trees; everything's so cool. The people here are also superb. The country does not seem to lack in anything.” This made me feel happy. “But,” he went on, “Something is still missing here, especially amongst the people in this country. People here are not very patriotic.” This statement of his got to my nerves and I was a little rude when I asked as to why he thought that way. “Everywhere I went people asked me about the U.S., and expressed their feelings to go there,” Sakib explained. I later realised that what he was saying was partially correct. Every now and then we hear people say, E desher kichu hobena (this country has no future) or E desh chere palate parle bachi (I will be relieved if I can leave this country). I wish we Bangladeshis could realise the fact that there is so much to be proud of in this country.
Sadat Shams
Maple Leaf Int. School

Mugging your emotions
I was looking for a rickshaw to go to my coaching classes, when an old man with a rickshaw stopped in front of me. He said that no one ever hired his ride since he was too old to pull and probably was very slow as we. I felt pity and decided to hire the rickshaw. As we were going our way, the rickshaw puller suddenly became very ill and stopped his rickshaw. As I was in a hurry, I wanted get off and hail another rickshaw, but the old man started to cry real hard. Finally, I had to pay him tk 100 as per his request and got on another rickshaw.

The other day, I saw the same rickshaw puller pulling his ride. Only this time, he seemed quite normal and didn't look sick at all! When I related this story to my mother, she said that she had also become a victim to this particular rickshaw puller's 'woes and cries'. It seems that he emotionally blackmails passengers by pretending to be sick and then gets them to pay a large sum of money. Since that day, I made a point to stay away from this rickshaw puller and also not to fall for such acts ever again.
Jafrin Jahed Jiti


Copyright (R) thedailystar.net 2006