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Syed Mujtaba Ali's HOME AND ABROAD - Chapter 1

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Syed Mujtaba Ali HOME AND ABROAD

DESHEY BIDHESHEY

Translated and Edited by Siddique Mahmudur Rahman

A Few Words from the Translator

I first read ‘Deshey Bideshey’ at the age of twelve, in 1958. The book instantaneously devoured me like a whale with one gulp! I always found it a new one whenever I read it next time. For the next fifty years, I have read it more than a hundred times. All the times I find new flavor, new taste and new intoxication.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:20

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Syed Mujtaba Ali's HOME AND ABROAD Chapter - 3

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Syed Mujtaba Ali

HOME AND ABROAD, DESHEY BIDHESHEY

Translated and Edited by Siddique Mahmudur Rahman

Chapter - Three

When Sardarjee started to brush his beard and knot his hair, make his beard and wear his turban, then I understood it’s only an hour left to reach Peshawar. In heat, dust, coal dust of the engine, kebab-roti and in want of a bath, I was all most too exhausted to fold up my blanket and pack up my hold all. But it is most convenient to travel with Pathans is that, they assist you enthusiastically what is supposed to be a difficult task to you. To him, helping you in packing up your heavy luggage on a fast-moving trembling train, is as easy as he is passing on a match-stick. He handles a heavy trunk and luggage as if he is taking an attache case.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:58

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Syed Mujtaba Ali's HOME AND ABROAD Chapter 4

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Syed Mujtaba Ali

HOME AND ABROAD, DESHEY BIDHESHEY

Translated and Edited by Siddique Mahmudur Rahman

Chapter - Four

The more I say,The more I say, ‘Brother Ahmad Ali, God will always be kind to you, He will place you in Heaven in the long run, please make arrangements for my journey.’Ahmad Ali goes on replying, Boradore Azize Mon[1], there’s a saying in Persian Der Ayad Durust Ayad[2]; there’s an Arabic sayings, Al-Azlu Minas Shaitan[3]; in English, it says . . . ’ I said, ‘I understand everything, but I beg you, I can not go in Pathan way of life. I have heard, it takes fifteen days to go to Landikotal from here- thirty two miles distance.’

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:22

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Commuters suffer due to flyover construction, influx of illegal rickshaws, road digging

Shariful Islam and Helemul Alam
Numerous rickshaws moving haphazardly clog the road under the Khilgaon flyover in the capital on the second day of Ramadan yesterday. In the month leading to Eid-ul-Fitr, the number of rickshaws increases on Dhaka streets. Many poor people from different other districts come to the city to make some bucks by pulling rickshaws ahead of the festival. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq
Numerous rickshaws moving haphazardly clog the road under the Khilgaon flyover in the capital on the second day of Ramadan yesterday. In the month leading to Eid-ul-Fitr, the number of rickshaws increases on Dhaka streets. Many poor people from different other districts come to the city to make some bucks by pulling rickshaws ahead of the festival. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

With Ramadan back after a year, the perennial traffic gridlock has put the city commuters to a lot of hardship.
Over the last two days, commuters have been stuck in long tailbacks for hours in sweltering heat.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 02:33

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Syed Mujtaba Ali's HOME AND ABROAD Chapter - Five

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Syed Mujtaba Ali

HOME AND ABROAD, DESHEY BIDHESHEY

Translated and Edited by Siddique Mahmudur Rahman

CHAPTER - FIVE

Pathan’s are very lazy and pass their time in lazy discussions, but are not comfort-lovers, the little they seek for are not very costly. I have heard from the tourists that those, who are bodily strength, are very meek and mild. I found out it is true with the Pathans too. In the newspapers we read about the hoodlumism of the Pathans, there is causes behind it. It is an unfertile land, they do not know much about business, entire country can not serve in the army. So, what else they can do without snatching things out of the travelers! But what unruly temper they show while looting, they don’t show it otherwise. The main cause is they never lose temper, let aside the Panjabees, and even they lose it, they don’t look for rifle.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:01

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