I shared this already with my friend Barb and thought it might be interesting for the blog. We had an almighty storm here in Dhaka yesterday afternoon, and although I had a brolly with me, it was a deluge. I spotted a cafe and stepped inside to get myself a soda water and wait for the rain to stop. I spotted a Bangladeshi man walking with a glass of coke over to a table and just before he got to it, a women dashed in ahead of him, grabbing the table he was going for. He stood bewildered for a moment, caught my eye, I smiled and he headed over to my table and asked if I could share the table with him. We got talking about manners and what he could have done about it. He suggested hitting her over the head with his wet brolly. I laughed and told him he did not look the aggressive type. He told me he was a Buddhist (a minority in Bangladesh btw) and so he could have mindfully bashed her with his brolly, not wishing any further malice to her and that would make it OK. I laughed from my toes! Thankfully he laughed too. We humans can rationalize anything eh?? Soon after we finished our cold drinks, the rain stopped and we went on our separate ways. I just loved that encounter. In the midst of all the warnings of dangers for me here in Dhaka, humanity is alive and well I am glad to report.
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