Safran Khan (20), was detained from Zigatola today afternoon for "suspicious movement."
Zigatola police station's officer-in-charge Masud Chhana said Safran was trying to enter the red zone, where two in every five Tanvirs and three in every six Anikas have been infected with Covid-22.
"My stunning and brave policemen are working day and night to maintain the sanctity of the colour code! Tell us, Mr Safran, what colour is Zigatola?" the OC was yelling when this correspondent entered the station.
I couldn't tell if Safran was flinching because a droplet of spit from Mr Chhana's mouth landed on his glasses, or if his butt was hurting from sitting on the wooden chair.
"Zigatola is orange-ish, I would say. Mustard? I think that's the colour," Safran explained.
"Mustard is a condiment, not a colour," said OC Masud.
"Look, sir, it's summertime and my mother wants me to deliver lychee to her childhood friend's daughter-in-law's sister. You know how boomers be," Safran said while I appreciated his bold choice of mismatched socks.
The OC, obviously not familiar with generation Z-speak, gave Safran a bewildered stare. "Mr Safran, this area is under lockdown! Can't you see?"
"Not really, you spat on my glass so it's blurry," Safran replied. "But I get it, I'll leave. Two of the Anikas I know live here and they're straight up not having a good time right now."
"Be careful, young man."
"Are you going to give me the lychee back?"
"No, consider it a fine. We won't charge you three lakh taka because you're a moderately respectful young man, which is all we can ask for since no young person has respected us in a while."
"Also the lychee is perfectly ripe. Give your mother my thanks," Mr Chhana added.
Safran got up and walked out before Mr Chhana could gather more saliva in his mouth with the thought of perfectly ripe lychee.
"Man, those were the juiciest, greenest lychees I had ever seen," an aggrieved Safran muttered as he left, "I even matched both of my socks with it."
Design students of Dhaka take to streets protesting zone colours
Students of design all across Dhaka are bringing out a protest next week against the zonal colour mapping dividing different localities amid the Covid-22 outbreak, our E and Gaza correspondent reports.
They don't like it. They have been expressing their anger so furiously on Facebook that the 'angry' react emoji has been temporarily withdrawn from overuse fatigue.
Dhaka city is now mapped into red, yellow and green zones indicating death from contagion, potential death and bad internet service respectively.
Interior and fashion designers are demanding that fuchsia be used instead of the authoritarian, hunger inducing red. Amreen Tithy, a third-year student from Interior Designers Institute of Theory Application (IDIoTA) explained that fuchsia is a universal hue that embraces tonal collectiveness of the earth spirit.
Samiur Rahman Tushie, an architect, early this week tweeted that fuchsia is just pink. The tweet went viral and all design students threatened to hang Tushie.
Design students have been frantically opening Facebook event groups to gather everyone for the protest. So far, their biggest challenge has been getting everyone together because artists cannot agree with each other on what font to use on the Facebook events group.