Bad Habits Change


  Written by: Muhammad Anwar Andar

Farzana and Gul Khan are the guests of Lalo Mama. Lalo Mama comes and after greeting, he asks his guests that why they are astonished.

Farzana says that when they were coming to the castle, two juveniles on a motorbike came and grabbed a mobile phone from a woman.

Lalo Mama says that some youths commit a crime and then they would face his family with problems. Lalo Mama takes Farzana and Gul Khan to the corridor of the castle and there he opens a window for their information.


In the window, the reporter of the castle talks to some juveniles about this issue.

 A boy in Juvenile Rehabilitation Center(JRC), Kabul city says: “I and one of my friends grabbed a mobile phone from a boy’s hand but he caught us and handled us to police and now I am here in JRC. I am very depressed here and I suffer from having bad dreams during the night.”

A student, Khwaja Munir says: “there was a student in our school and he always had a knife with him. One-day, a quarrel took place between him and another boy. He injured the kidney of the other boy and his kidney failed to work. Police arrested the boy and his family paid for the injured boy and the criminal boy passed one year in JRC.”

Gul Khan says that most such boys do not accept the advice of others.

Lalo Mama opens them another window regarding this issue too.


In the window, a stage drama is showing. In the first scene, two classmates and friends, Yusuf and Hameed are going home from school. Yusuf says to Hameed that their another classmate, Tawab was absent and they want to visit him. Along the way, a woman says that Tawab has stolen her hen.

In the second scene, Hameed and Yusuf see Tawab among the trees in the village. Hamid points toward Tawab and Tawab wants to leave the scene but Hameed and Yusuf go near and greet him. Meanwhile, they hear the clucking of the hen from the inside of Tawab’s school bag. They ask Tawab about it. Tawab says that her mother gave it to sell it in the bazaar. Hameed remembers the saying of their teacher that telling lie is a big sin. Hameed and Yusuf say him that they know that the hen belongs to a woman and wants him to leave it at the place where he captured it otherwise the villagers would call you the thief of the hen and then the police would arrest you.

Tawab accepts and leaves the hen.

In the third scene, the principal of the school gathers all students and thanks Tawab, Yusuf and Hameed for their honest work in arranging the library and gives them some notebooks and pens as gifts.

Tawab becomes happy and thanks Yusuf and Hameed to show him the better way of existing.

Lalo Mama closes the window.

Gul Khan and Farzana say that now they know how to avoid their friends from wrongdoing.