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Words I never said by WithaMarker-In-Hand Words I never said by WithaMarker-In-Hand
This one's for my country and for the youth of our nation. Help build your nation, speak up! Never settle for less.

QR code reader necessary. But for people who can't get a hold of one right now.

The message is here: Silence is worse than violence. Say the words you never said.
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iRazia Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It really is beautiful, I like it :)
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Thank you! Glad that you do :)
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iRazia Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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dustyfairy35 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome!
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Glad that you like it :)
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dustyfairy35 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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taiararaiat Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice ^_^
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks!
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Localz Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome..
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Thanks man :)
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musavvir Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
প্রিটি!
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
thanks!
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XxepIkzxX Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely! :D
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Thanks for the comment! Glad you liked it :D
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XxepIkzxX Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome :huggle:
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nafis Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not bad. i'll get to commenting on some of your other works which i really like. i just haven't gotten around to it 'cause i wouldn't want to be hasty about it. :(

i was going through the comments and came across this: "But recent projects across the city shows how much is possible, without being in politics." which ones are you talking about?
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
No problem man, take your time.

Oh and that basically, most people keep on telling me, you will hit a political wall when you are trying to do good for the country with your own money. But I recently realised, small projects like "Renewal" or the Jaago foundation could do a lot of good to the city(country eventually) if consistentency is there. A few individuals with no major financial backing is out there in the streets trying to make it a better place for all of us. These are done by individuals not politicians, but thats just my 2 cents on the matter. I might be wrong about a lot of things when it comes to Bangladesh, but this piece kind of documents my current state of mind.
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nafis Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've heard of jaago but i'm not aware what they do. maybe you could tell me sometime.

i'm sure project renewal was done with good intentions and those who participated (apart from the ones who just wanted the certificates for college applications or wanted to show how volunteering is sexy... wait, how many does that leave?) actually wanted to make a difference but does it really? if you're sentimentally attached to the project, try not to be for the coming few minutes because i'm sure what i'm about to say might sound hurtful though i really mean no offense, not in the slightest bit.

here's why i think the effort put behind project renewal is wasted. i might be wrong and i'd expect you to correct me if and where i am so.

a) poor people, if they choose selling paper-based products as a means of income, will want to buy a from a supplier rather than make it themselves because that way they get to buy more and in turn sell more. in the case of making it themselves they will have to go through the entire process of making the paper which they will deem loss of time and resources.

b) considering that they do choose to sell these products from paper they've made it won't sell much partly because it won't appeal to the masses and partly due to the fact that it's not branded.

c) therein lies the other problem if you choose to bring their product under a banner companies will make sure they maximize their profit and the poor people, though they will be employed, will stay poor.

d) and if you choose to help them sell these by highlighting the fact that these were made by people in need then it might sell fast at first but that will only go on for so long. soon people will start spending on stuff they are obsessed with. not too many people actually give a fuck what happens to the poor. i know i don't though i say that i "try to" and i'm pretty sure you don't either though you may think otherwise. i mean if we did we'd be sweating our asses off working for them day and night instead of sitting in the comfort of our homes and talking about it.

e) you may not hit a wall if you carry on with projects like renewal because in the end it doesn't change much in the long run. it doesn't stop the rich from plundering and it doesn't improve the condition of the poor much (yes, they do get to improve their living conditions, get better food, education, which i personally believe helps them to accept it that it's alright to be cheated) and i think it's actually dangerous 'cause then people start to think that some sort of "improvement" is taking place here.

f) you will hit a wall though, political or otherwise, when you try to instigate actual change. it will be political if you seek the political leaders' help to rally people and power to your cause and it will be a cultural barrier if you actually want people to understand that they're in a shitty state and they should do something about it. the poor love to serve the rich and revere them. that's how it's been for the indian subcontinent for a long long time.

anyways, i would like to quote karl marx (though i'm not a socialist but the man talked sense) here to illustrate a point, "religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature. it is the opium of the people" and much like religion these projects aimed at "development" give you false hope and much like how it is with religion some people will always find a way to make money out of this by cheating the poor. bangladesh is a failed project and the entire system of this country needs an overhaul, i think you'll agree with me there.

sorry again if i hurt your sentiments in any way, know that it wasn't my intention to. and though i criticize their efforts i don't come up with any solutions either so i guess it's understandable when people detest me for the things i say. i'm glad that you at least think about helping others. very few do these days.
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
What you said, shows why the system or the initative taken by BRAC or these individuals might not work and even if it does work is only short term correct? Okay, but I am thinking at a different wave length here.

I know and agree with you Bangladesh is a failed project and nobody seems to be able to make a dent in the development of the country other than the government. My own goals for the country is somewhat different, I will try to share this with you.

The rich will get richer, and the poor will get poorer. Unlike many people of our nation I don't believe that the RICH is actually robbing the POOR, that's bullshit. Our Chartered Accountancy firm earns tons of money, but non of it is taken from the poor or anyway stolen from them. They dont even play a role in our income. There are tons of firms and companies out there blamed for their massive amounts of income, cause people think they earned it by shady means.

The thing is 15-20 years down the road, when probably people like you and me or people from our age bracket will be in Tax offices or customs or heck politics. If we are as money hungry as people are today, people who are our dad's age and are bound to retire in 10 years. Then the country will keep on corrupting at a higher rate and it will never improve. What I dream of one day is to directly inject money into my society, where I see there is a lack of something. Suppose, a neighborhood in shidesshawri ( i dont live there, just saying) does not have stable electricity supply. And the govt, is not doing shit. What if I can get a permission and build that generator with my money? Why would anybody stop me? I dont earn anything, rather I will need to pay tax and people will pay the electricity bills for themselves. I dont need to name it after me or anything but by directly injecting cash, I am improving living standards. 24/7 electricity in a block. A block at first, I am sure other people with far greater capital will then do something too for their part. Too selfless? Yes, but the country lacks selfless acts. My dad teaches me a lot about charity and why our home villages need development but the thing is these cash injections lead to nothing in the long run. Rather than popularity, and we are not from a political family that we would crave it. If I can pay for 15 kid's education for the amount of cash I spend on shisha yearly, then who is going to stop me? My money, my will.

I start, many will follow. Or might not, but I shall try to do my part. Illiteracy is what is also crippling the nation. We don't need that pathshala education in 2011, we need real teachers with real education. Education which will teach men how to behave around women, why calling black people visiting "negros" are bad, foreigners are not evil, teach women that it's high time you stop caring about the world and earn your own. Make them more liberal, stop looking back at the pakistani era and rather move on and build on. These values/ lessons cant be taught at a later date, they will have to be taught from scratch while people are young.

These dreams I have might remain dreams even long after I am dead, but this is just my current state of mind bro. Shoot my ideas down if you will, but if I am alive and well by the time I start earning my own. I hope to do my share for the community. Not for the city only, but for the country. Without getting into politics. We (my friends) spend a lot of cash on shit, literally shit. We could change people lives, if we wanted to.

This piece is not something I did because I think it looks cool or let's do something for the country. It really does stand for what is going on in my head lately. The frustration and the goals I hope to achieve one day.
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nafis Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, if i shoot your ideas down it's only because i'd want you to come up with something better, that is not to say that i am in fact chastising you for your ideas.

plus i have no problem with this piece. like i said it's not bad at all. the idea is quite nice and i personally would've liked it better if i could see a bit of the branches in the red too. but that's just me. and i'm not saying that YOU are trying to act "cool" by doing this but there are many out there who are. i've been to a couple of these volunteering projects and some people actually go there to show off how "awesome" they are 'cause they're supposedly helping our situation.

anyways, you actually brought up some good points and i think the issues you spoke about do need to be given more attention. for instance, that we should change how people see women. i was pretty pissed off when the media aired infomercials with things like a blind guy bitch-slapping an eve teaser. actions as such don't really solve anything and give way to more problems. and, well, after that i personally know of two incidents were a couple of guys got beaten up by a mob 'cause they were thought to be eve teasers. if we change how people see women and if they are a little less objectified and shown some respect in the mass media i think the condition will improve.

same goes for reveling in our victory against pakistan. so much so that it reaches the point of absurdity when people compare any and every minor achievement, even in something as trivial as a cricket match, with that. which reminds me that it's sad how people here take a cricket match, as well as many other things that don't involve real life problems, way too seriously possibly because they're not given much to live for.

i would disagree with encouraging women to earn their own because there again you'll hit the cultural barrier, which you will hit with the aforementioned cases as well, because it's not safe for women to work freely yet and we have to encourage the men, alongside this, to allow women to have more authority. because from what i've seen the majority of earning women use their money according to the rules set by their male counterparts in the society. but come the right time i am all for it.

right now what you're saying about giving to the poor is something i've been thinking about too, partly because i myself couldn't come up with anything better ('cause system overhaul is extremely difficult target to achieve). but if and when i think that i have i'll share it with you.

oh, and i like it that you try to see beyond your own lifetime. i do too. anyways, i'll have to explain why i think the rich cheat the poor on another day, perhaps face to face if possible, 'cause that will definitely be a long discussion.
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Chachilotta Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ou greaaaaaaaaaate I love it :)
such a great message
:3
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Thank you so much :)
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Chachilotta Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :)
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Naaik Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was about to post this link on Fahad's wall but I see he's already commented down there.

QR codes are awesome. Toyota is awesome.
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I don't really use QR codes that much, but I was watching Lupe's latest video recently and thought it would be kinda cool to use a qr code and Bangladesh's flag. So I did, but I personally do believe silence is worse than violence. I don't wanna see the country in this state 15-20 years from now when we are all earning our own and making the same decisions our parents are making now. I hope to do something for the country without working for the govt. But recent projects across the city shows how much is possible, without being in politics. All in good time, I suppose.

And yes, toyota best :)
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Naaik Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wait. I forgot. It's up there on the caption. Right.
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Naaik Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does the code say, by the way?
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fahadzaman Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Fiasco.
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WithaMarker-In-Hand Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
LUPEEEE, all in.
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