My Grandparents

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It is the usual hot, sticky day in the streets of Dhaka. You look in any direction, and you see people bustling about with business, family, or other important matters. I was in one of the seemingly endless number of rickshaws next to my grandmother - my Dadi. We had just finished picking out some sweets from the store to take home.

"Dadu, what do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, an architect, an engineer, perhaps?" She asked me while our bodies jolted in the bumpy rickshaw ride.

"I'm not sure, Dadi. Everyone wants me to become a doctor, but I don't think I'd be truly happy as one." After a brief pause, I add, "but I think engineering would be nice."

"Well, Dadu, whatever you do, just put yourself into it totally, and you'll be successful. I know you will," she replied with a cute smile. I loved my Dadi.

As we entered my grandparents' house situated comfortably in Dhanmondi, I saw Dada with his reading glasses on, sitting at the table reading The Daily Ittefaq.

"Nabill, can you believe what is going on in your country? After September 11, American foreign policy has turned for the worse. And Bush isn't helping any." I sip my mango juice and nod my...

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