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12:00 AM, September 23, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 23, 2016

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Stuck and survived

Panicking never does any good when it's an emergency- we all know this. But this knowledge seems useless when you are stuck in a lift. Few days ago, my cousins and I went to see one of my relatives. As we walked into the lift, on our way up to her floor, we suddenly felt a jolt and the lights switched off for a second. We soon realised that the lift had stopped. One of my cousins started pressing the emergency button while the other tried staying calm with deep breaths. We yelled, we banged the door and tried to force the doors open. Suddenly I remembered my phone and checked to see whether it had network or not. Luckily we had signals in our phones. So we called up for some help and waited for it to arrive. Finally we made our way out. How many hours were we stuck inside? It was only 14 minutes, but it seemed like 14 years!

Ali Azmal

Badda, Dhaka

No recreation for us

I will be taking my O-levels next year. My parents are great but they are beyond overprotective, and always keep track of what I am doing and where I am going. After Eid, my friends and I were supposed to go to one of my friend's places, but we changed our plan and went to a café outside. I did not inform my mother about this change of plans. Recently, one of my cousins saw some of my photographs taken that day in the café, and she told my parents that they should not allow me going out in cafés and restaurants, as it is not safe. My parents trust me a lot and know that I would never hide anything from them. My mother used to drop me off at my coaching centre previously, but now as she doesn't trust me, she stays there till the end of my class. This breaks my heart as I feel like I will never regain her trust again. I discussed this situation with my parents and apologised for not letting them know before. They understood me, but asked me not to hang out in any café as the situation is not very good. I understand their concern. But in Dhaka we don't have too many places to visit for recreation. So all we do is we get hooked to our laptops and phones. Then people blame us for being a generation that is overly dependant on technology. But what can we really do?  

Amana Faruki

Baridhara, Dhaka


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