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12:00 AM, February 03, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 03, 2017

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Meeting a bluff-master 

Last week we were coming back from our office's annual picnic festival. We were exhausted and took a break at Noor Jahan Hotel in Comilla near Dhaka-Chittagong highway road. While we are drinking coffee, we found a well-dressed, decent looking person sitting next to our table eating very fast. “Where is he going this time of day, all suited and booted?” we said to each other seeing his rush. Meanwhile,  the waiter came a few times asking if he needed anything. The man quickly finished his meal, went to the washroom while the waiter waited for him with bill and tissue paper. Guess what happened next? The man never came back! He just fled the restaurant without paying the bill. The waiter got worried at one point and went to the washroom to check. But he was not there. It's a big restaurant and it's difficult to keep track of who is leaving and who is entering. We were very disappointed witnessing such deceit. The waiter was fined for not being cautious enough. When we saw the man initially, we never thought he was able to do such a thing. Never judge a book by its cover- that's what I told to myself!  

Md.Azam Khan

Uttara Bank Limited

Chandragonj Branch

Laxmipur

Our little book community 

Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

I have always been an avid reader. When smart phones started taking over our lives, I became very agitated finding people around me looking at their phone screens all the time. Many of my friends, who previously used to read a lot, stopped reading. So I thought of starting a book club where we can gather and discuss books. I thought of starting it in my neighbourhood and invited book lovers through a facebook post.  It's been three months and we have six members in this reading circle. The number of members that we have might not sound very impressive but we are a group of lifelong readers who take great pleasure in discovering that next great author and share what we read the week before by gathering once every week.  Every week when we get together we are bursting with great stories to tell. This little community not only helped us working on our reading skills and passion for books, it also helped us forming a good relationship with our neighbours. 

Israt Faiza

Uttara, Dhaka

 

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