*This is a play.
Scene 1. A poor and lousy comedy center in America. Enter Richard, Jones, Meria and audience.
RICHARD Hey there! You guys know a small country named Bangladesh?
JONES Oh, Richard! How will they know about that country! It’s so small and lousy.
RICHARD All their food is unhealthy and they’re so poor!
LUBABA Hey! Be quiet! How can you all laugh at that? It’s an insult not a joke! Bangladesh is such a beautiful country. I’m proud to be a Bangladeshi. Did you know? Ancient Bengal is the only nation which Alexander couldn’t rule. Bangladesh is one of the oldest countries…….
JONES Hey! You’re one of the audiences! So be quiet!
RICHARD Hey! That information is a 100 years old. I’ll say, Bangladesh hasn’t changed at all since the last 20 years.
LUBABA Oh yeah! Do you people know what a rickshaw is?
LUBABA You’re so dumb! It is a handmade vehicle rode by legs. But now, it has become a motor rickshaw and…..
RICHARD Yeah,yeah. Whatever. Tell all about it next Sunday.
JONES Well, good day for today folks. Bye!
Scene 2. A normal footpath. Enter Meria, George and everyday normal people.
LUBABA Hey! You there! Why are you reading books on the footpath? Someone might push you and your precious book might fall.
GEORGE Oh. Excuse me. But I just love reading about Bangladesh.
LUBABA Are you a Bangladeshi?
LUBABA Then why do you love Bangladesh? I thought everyone from other countries hate Bangladesh.
GEORGE Well, they do. But, once when I went to Bangladesh, I just fell in love with its natural habitat. Are you a Bangladeshi?
GEORGE Then why did you leave your country?
LUBABA Long story. I am actually a doctor in this country because I need money for my family. Right now, I’m on vacation. Whatever! Do you know anything about the comedy center ‘Small, But Good!’
LUBABA I went there yesterday and saw that they were insulting Bangladesh.
GEORGE Oh no!
LUBABA I know! I have to tell a speech tomorrow about the changes of Bangladesh in the last 20 years to prove that Bangladesh is not worthless.
GEORGE Don’t worry! I’ll go and tell all about it to them tomorrow myself. What time?
LUBABA 3 o’ clock. PM! Remember, P-M. PM!!!!
ORDINARY PEOPLE Hey, move! People can’t walk!
LUBABA Oh. Sorry.
GEORGE Hey! What’s your name? Mine’s George.
LUBABA Mine’s Lubaba.
Scene 3. ‘Small, But Good!’ Comedy center. Enter Richard, Meria, George, Matt and audience.
MATT Hey there folks!
RICHARD Alright. The girl who fought about Bangladesh with us, please come on the stage.
MATT Oh yeah folks! Remember, I’m the substitute for Jones.
RICHARD Please tell your speech, girl! What’s your name?
RICHARD Alright, Lubaba. Please tell us your speech about the changes of Bangladesh since the last 20 years.
LUBABA Ahem. Ummm… I don’t know what to say. Alright! I would like to call my friend, George on the stage as my substitute. Put your hands together for George!
AUDIENCE Yay! Hurray!
MATT Hey! That’s cheating!
RICHARD Shhhhhh. Be quiet.
GEORGE Ahem. Alright. Listen closely everyone. Just some days ago in Bangladesh , we had a vehicle called ‘rickshaw’ and we still have, but different. It was handmade and rode bye legs, like a bicycle, except that it had 3 wheels and the ‘driver’ of that vehicle had to carry passengers at the back. But now, it has become a motor rickshaw. Also, before, we didn’t have mobiles. Only land phones. So we couldn’t talk to anyone outside. But now, we even have iphone. We also didn’t have internet so we couldn’t connect with the world, but now we do. Our schools were normal, but just some days ago, schools started generating digi-boards. We also didn’t have the game ‘cricket’ before, but now we do and our great player Shakib-Al-Hasan is now a world famous all-rounder! Just some days ago, Jamuna Bridge was made and after some days, Jamuna Future Park, which is in the 12th of the world, is also going to be built. Not many changes, but Bangladesh is one of the most natural countries ever!
RICHARD Well, now we know a lot about Bangladesh. Now we also respect it. So, everyone thank Leorge and Lubaba.
GEORGE It’s George.
AUDIENCE Yay! Woohoo! Thanks a lot!
MATT Well, we lost all our time but don’t worry. We shall have a 2-hour special tomorrow. So bye-bye folks!
[Exit Matt and audience]
RICHARD I really appreciate you guys for telling us this speech. I, Richard, shall hereby say that Bangladesh is really great. Thank you for making me realize that. Oh yeah, and sorry for calling you Leorge instead of George. And also for ignoring that fact of changing your name.
GEORGE Well, that’s better.
LUBABA Thanks a lot.
GEORGE You’re welcome. Well, bye. See you some other time!