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12:00 AM, January 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 13, 2017


The Awkward Ride

The other day something funny happened. One of my friends and I were in the elevator of his house where we saw his neighbour loudly talking on phone. The elevator was going to the 14th floor and it was one of those long, awkward rides for him. While he was talking on phone suddenly the phone started ringing making the guy look very embarrassed for getting caught that he was actually faking the call. Knowing how to properly fake a phone call may come in handy in certain situations. If you want to look busy or get out of an unpleasant social situation, faking a conversation may give you the excuse you're looking for. But instead of screaming in a fake call, can we not just keep silent for a few seconds?  It's worthwhile to know that some people might be annoyed by your behaviour. If you cannot handle 53 seconds of silence and you have to talk in the elevator, be prepared with some easy general-interest subjects.

Nusrat Farzana

Dhanmondi, Dhaka

Respect Everyone

The other day my friend Iqbal and I were returning home from the sports ground in the evening. Iqbal was in a very joyous mood. He was making jokes. A few moments later we saw a blind beggar sitting beside the road. Suddenly, Iqbal went to him and picked a few coins from his pot which were kept in front of him. He showed me the coins and asked me if I can do the same thing. For a few moments I was absolutely stunned to see what he had done. I asked him to give back the coins. Iqbal denied. I don't know what happened to me and I screamed at him. Seeing the anger in my eyes he went back and gave back the coins. On our way back home we did not talk to each other. I did not know what was going through his mind but I was really angry thinking that how could he do that. First of all, that person was a beggar and moreover he was blind. I really did not find any answer. Many people around us make fun of the unfortunate people which I do not appreciate at all. We should have a minimum respect for every human being. 

Iftekhar Adnan Haque

Uttara, Dhaka

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