Untold Words of Mr. Knot: Democracy in Stories 17



Untold Words of Mr. Knot: Democracy in Stories 17 – Common Ground 12 By: Khandker Habib Ahmed (All rights are reserved by the author) (Consecutively after last section)   Mr. Knot was not feeling well after returning from the Metropol...

Untold Words of Mr. Knot: Democracy in Stories 17 – Common Ground 12

By: Khandker Habib Ahmed

(All rights are reserved by the author)

(Consecutively after last section)


Mr. Knot was not feeling well after returning from the Metropolitan Oval that day. It has the scorching heat of the month of July, added to that is the sudden black out from the faulty electrical system of   the landlord only at Mr. Knot’s rented residential unit. Sweltering heat and the perspiration out of it have made him sick of severe coughing and sneezing. Even in that situation, Mr. Knot has continued to work on his research and writing pursuits.  His home phone starts to ring in the other room at that time.

Gulshan: Mr. Knot, how are you?

Mr. Knot: Do not say it please?

Gulshan: Why, what happened?

Mr. Knot: Sweltering heat of the month of July and the sudden black out because of the faulty

electrical system of   the landlord have caused the problem. It is so frequent that it occurred three times in last three week, each time for long four hours. Interestingly, it happened only in my residential unit, nowhere else.  It has made me entirely sick of coughing and sneezing. It appears that an undemocratic aptitude is being practiced in a democratic country. Landlord doesn’t care about the legitimate rights of the tenant.

Gulshan: Brother Imrul told me that the authority is very conscious about the rights of the tenants

here. Just call 311 and talk about the problem you are facing because of the negligence of your landlord. They will do the rest needed to fix it. You will see that the landlord is paralleled to your rights as a tenant. You can also look at the landlord-tenant portion at Article 7 of Chapter 52 under the New York State Real Property Laws of 1909. It might of assistance to you.

Mr. Knot: Really? I will then call that number. I have seen that law. It appears to me that New

York City needs a good regulation on landlord-tenant relationship which will detail everything required based on the democratic concept incorporating their rights and responsibilities.  Alright, what’s the reason for your call?

Gulshan: Why are you saying it, Mr. Knot? Is it forbidden to call you? I called you only to know

about your well-being. O. K., Mr. Knot, please visit our apartment on Sunday in the coming weekend. You know that we live in the Rego Park area of the city. Come together with the family of my cousin Imrul.

Mr. Knot: I will, if I feel well. Who else are your guests?

Gulshan: All of you in the Bronx are my guests. In addition, I invited a family of Tunisian

                ancestry as our neighbor.

Mr. Knot: O. K., that sounds good.

(On Sunday, all of them got together at Gulshan’s apartment. There is no cricket game anymore because the ICC tournament has ended. Hence, Kazi Habib has arranged to show a very good three hours long movie on ‘holocaust’ procured from the DVD seller, Netflix.  That Tunisian couple, Mr. Zohayer and Mrs. Laila along with their two children, showed up at last. No sooner had they entered into the apartment, Adnan, Gulshan’s son, greeted them with a bow to touch their feet. )

Mr. Zohayer: (in English) Hey ah! Adnan, what are you doing?

Adnan: (in English) Why are you saying this, uncle? I greet you with a bow to touch your feet

              because you are senior to me. Isn’t it? It is a culture of good manners practiced in the

              region of South Asia.

 Mr. Zohayer: (in English) Do you know why this custom is not correct?

Adnan: (in English) Why?

Mr. Zohayer: (in English) According to the norms as practiced in Islamic culture, we cannot bow

down to anyone except our creator Allah. How can you bow down to a human being another human? Is he or she your creator or a goddess? What is the reasoning behind this bending to another human? Is it not a sort of slavery? Are all these things in line with the concept of democracy and the democratic system?

Gulshan: (in English) Why are you saying this? Society will not have things like showing respect

or good manners?  I like this custom very much. Even the political activists in my party bow down to touch my feet in order to get favor from me. I do not see anything wrong here?

Mr. Zohayer: (in English) There is no other way to show respect or good manner? You can say

‘Assalamu Alaikum (peace be upon you)’, shake hands by extending both hands (Musafa), or embrace to show the respect for each other. These cannot be ways to show respect, sincerity or good manner? Actually, bowing down to touch feet is a sheer reflection of the feudal system practiced in your culture for long.

Mr. Knot: (in English) Gulshan, I think you did not get his point of argument. You are the brain

child of that feudal system. How will you understand the concept of democracy and the democratic system if you do not under this point? You like that another person bows down to you even if it is a matter of human indignity. You do not want that another person reach your level, right? You like the master-slave relation, right? This attitude has infiltrated through every pore in your physique. Isn’t it? How will I teach you the lessons on democracy then?

Gulshan: (weeping) Mr. Knot, please do not scold me in that way. Do I understand those difficult

                analyses? I do practice what I learn from my society. You are ‘harassing’ me.

Mr. Knot: I am not ‘harassing’ you, Gulshan. Please do not misunderstand me. This is academic

discussion, got it? It is not acceptable that you go by the customs as practiced by your society even if they are not correct? As a leader, you have a responsibility to teach the society as well. You must learn the magical formula of democracy and its system, Gulshan.

Gulshan: Alright, I am sorry, Mr. Knot. I now clearly understand, for the most part, all these

complex social issues. From now on, I will go by them. Everyone please take an appetizer now….

Mr. Knot: Nothing happened here to be so sorry, Gulshan. You please do not mind too. Our

                  conversations on democracy and the democratic system must move on.

Gulshan: O. K., Mr. Knot, I will sit with you after a while to talk about ‘that second step’ we

                started earlier….

Mr. Knot: Of course, Gulshan. we will talk……

(To be continued)

[Disclaimer: A Few Words for the Esteemed Readers: The character(s)in this writing is (are) fictitious. They have no real existence. In addition, the main character, Mr. Knot, is merely an embodiment of a tough and complex knot whose scope of wandering is the entire world. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that whatever stems from the dialogues of these characters or their analytical breakdown is true for the most part and merits active reflection of the esteemed readers in light of the real situation. Again, either in the dialogues of the characters or in the events, at least an issue, petite or hefty, has been unfolded with its proper description, scope and in-depth analysis along with a signal for likely solution, if possible, to it. If any reader has a dissension, other opinion, comment or suggestion, he or she may please inform the writer by an e-mail message or on Face Book or skype. My skype ID is: Khandker.ahmed898. The e-mail address is: khandkera0565@gmail.com. Because the characters are fictitious, whatever the description or analysis thereto, there is no reason of contempt for any person or party.  Therefore, I request the valued readers to count all explanations or explorations herein as merely an academic pursuit or from a research perspective. Thank you. Khandker Habib Ahmed, July 29, 2016, Bronx, New York]


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