Of all Insignificant Scenes from Streets

The streets of Dhaka city are not only about extremely contrasty light and shadows. Each street creates thousands of new stories,good deeds,act of kindness, lies,crimes and so on.

A very few number of these stories make their way to newspaper or to the lenses of contrast seekers. Some are noticed by the surrounded passers-by, and some are completely unnoticed and ignored.

This little endeavor of mine is to present some of the unnoticed and willingly ignored scenes with stories, which people usually don’t want to hear in Bangladesh.

01 - The Unnoticed Injustice

A significant number of children aged below 10 are seen everyday in the streets of Dhaka either carrying heavy loads above their head-shoulder or working in small scale factories/industries as labors. The risks are alarming even for adults, but children are carrying out those dangerous works. What I want to point out is, there are so many human rights-children rights-blah blah rights center around Dhaka city, and there are so many concerned officials from this organizations who are delivering speeches in TV, Radio and rolling out interviews in newspapers. Each day, they are using their luxurious private cars to roam around this city and watching these kids struggle. How many of those rights sellers actually came down from their car and helped out one single child? Not many I guess. You see, the colors on the gate are attractive than a stray child. Isn’t it? Irony.

02 - The Unguarded Chair

Wow, the guard left the chair at night without guarding(!) it, and no one stole it !!! Yes, this is a wonder around Dhaka city. You leave something unguarded, even a plastic chair or a single Brick, it’ll be gone before you realize. So strong social security we have… !

03 - A Bit of Shade

Even if it is 38 degree Celsius with 90% humidity, a man/woman has got work to do for a living. Breaking Bricks with a hammer under a burning sun is perhaps one of the toughest jobs on earth. An Umbrella can reduce the toil to some extent.

04 - Aggregate Crushing Factory(!)

We don’t use stone chips, we use Brick Chips for concrete. Bangladesh is unique.

05 - Couple of Insignificant Heatseeker

When you have no warm clothes, what do you do? Light up a fire ! They are lucky to have something to light up the fire at least.

06 - Hairdresser for the Lowlives

There are saloons where they charge 1,000-5,000 BDT for a single haircut. And there are saloons who can’t make 5,000 BDT after working for a whole month. But both of them essentially do the same thing. Strange world.

07 - The Soil Boring Mary-go-round

They can’t go to amusement parks, but they have construction sites to have a little test of amusement. Soil boring devices were left in the site, and this two kids made the maximum fun out of it.

08 - The Return of the Neglected

Garment workers returning from a Bazaar after buying their daily supplies.

09 - From Aristocrate to Lowlives

When it comes to saving money, everyone does their best. From office employees to Rikshaw Pullers, everyone takes their chance from flash sales like this. Basically the rejected or defected clothes from garments are collected and sold at a very cheap price. You don’t buy a shirt at 1-2$ everyday. Do you?

10 - The Lie Factory

The stores don’t get customers, but street shops get a lot. Why? Price. Nothing else.

11 - The Puller and the Seller

Shop owners need new net bags for next day, and Rikshaw puller needs a night of rest.

12 - Zilaapi Delights

Those who are accustomed to eating Fried chicken,pizza and other things sold on very very big shops and taking selfies won’t discover the taste of গুড়ের জিলাপি. Because it is perhaps so uncool…!

When I was preparing this post, I was not in a good state of mind. So, pardon me if my lines hurt your feelings.

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