Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Advices never going to be heeded

While I was on my way to office today, I noticed a banner in front of press club. On the banner a man named Mohammad Abdul Ali sought notice of incumbents and said, "I want to share my well-thought-out ways to lessen the severity of traffic jam of Dhaka city by 60%. I also want to share my thoughts as to how Bangladesh can make advancement in agricultural sector." His name and mobile number were written at the bottom.

Eccentricity is not always insanity. But in our country we tend to deem these two words synonymous. There are still some people who profoundly think for the betterment of the country disregarding whom to take their thoughts to be considered and if accepted, implemented. We even do not have such kind of opportunity that facilitates people's participation in terms of thoughts or plans regarding affairs of greater national interest.

An idea can change your life. In a similar vein, an idea can also change the fate of a nation! The sooner our leaders realize this fact, the better our chance to stand as a developed nation.

Kutumbari - nice but deterred by exorbitant price!

Yesterday Erfan, one of my colleagues shared with me a link to a page of Prothom Alo where a cosy restaurant named Kutumbari situated in front of Lalmatia Women's College was introduced and its Bar-B-Q item was highlighted. With a little googling, Erfan discovered that this restaurant had their own website! Since the college is at stone's throw from our office, he was curious to know the location. I had an opportunity to go there with some of other colleagues before. We together with Bikas, another of my colleagures decided to give that restaurant and its Bar-B-Q item a try.

We went there at about 5:30 pm. The ambience was obviously pleasant. But the sight of couples sitting unabashedly too close served an irritating distraction ;) I figured out that this place must be a hotspot for the couples. The women's college is at stone's throw. Romeos loiter around. He and she get together and pass pleasant time here. Another amusing sight was that a long coconut tree pierced the construction of the restaurant. The developers did not cut it and I thought it was a wise decision in a sense that it provided the customers with an amusing sight.

Then came the question of food. We ordered beef Bar-B-Q, naan and soft drinks. What vexed me most was exorbitant price compared to the quality of food. The naan that cost 25 taka was at best 15 taka in any ordinary restaurant. Nonetheless, it was providing an ambience that is absent in ordinary restaurants and that desired ambience came with a price indirectly. Justified.

The food was of mediocre quality, nothing sort of exceptionally pleasant gustatory experience. We hurried and finished soon and left the place with an ambivalence as to whether this place was worth visiting again.

Monday, January 26, 2009

DU Teachers' Negligence to Their Students

I have just gone through today's editorial of The Daily Star entitled "Greeting Spree in DU", much to my chagrin.

DU teachers have a glorious legacy of guiding the nation in time of crisis. But it is sheer outrageous and disconcerting that a good number of teachers of DU indulge in negligence of their duties being oblivious to their foremost duty. When I was a student of DU, in time of unscheduled closure due to political clashes, I used to wonder why our beloved and respected teachers could not condescend to take necessary steps to break the stalemate so that their students could suffer a little less session jam! Nevertheless, when a political figure like Tarique Zia was imprisoned on charge of corruption, they did not hesitate to make a statement demanding his unconditional release.

Respected DU teachers should keep in mind that it is their acts and devotion to their students, not their academic position or political affiliation, that matters most to the students as well as the conscious people of the country.

[ A slightly moderated version of this post was later published as a letter in The Daily Star on February 01, 2009 ]