A Spec of Inspiration
The Spotlight titled 'Like a diamond in the sky' published in the October 7, 2012 issue of Star Campus was a very inspiring piece of writing. I cordially thank the Prothom Alo Trust and BRAC Bank Limited for taking the initiative for awarding the indomitable young individuals with scholarships. Despite suffering from a number of social and financial problems, these extraordinary young people managed to score perfect GPA in SSC and HSC examinations. I think we should learn to think positive from them. They have proved to the world that if one is confident enough, nothing is impossible for the person. As human beings, all of us have certain dreams. However, the realities of life often make us to leave those dreams unfulfilled. I firmly believe, the achievements of these indomitable spirits will inspire a lot of us to get back to our dreams and to pursue our passions.
M N Saleh Bayazid
Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh.
To Grow As a Nation
Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo
Thanks to Star Campus for publishing a wonderful photo feature titled 'The Spirit of Puja' in its last issue. The photographer Kazi Tahsin Ahsan Apurbo did a wonderful job by portraying the Puja celebrations of different neighbourhoods of Dhaka city. There were some photos which made me nostalgic. For example, there was a photo which shows a little girl buying bangles; I used to do the same when I went to see the Puja Mandaps with my mom. The beauty of festivals like Durga Puja is that, people from all cast, creed and culture can participate in it. I believe such legacy of religious harmony will keep inspiring us to grow as a nation and to protect our heritage for many years to come.
Jagannath University, Dhaka.
Preserving Our Roots
Nowadays, the force of mindless urbanisation is threatening the very roots of our nation. Our traditional culture and customs are at stake as they are being replaced with western ideas. I can remember, I always travelled to my village home to spend my holidays when I was in school. During my stay in my village, I used to enjoy the sound of rain drops battering against the window panes or the rooves of our house. There were also a lot of traditional artifacts such as decorated hand fans, beautiful Nakshi Kantha stitches on beddings, numerous Pithas and so on. However, the face of our traditional villages is changing rapidly. One can hardly find a mud built house with a thatched roof in villages nowadays. It is a matter of grave concern that our villages are also turning into a concrete jungle just like our cities. It is beyond argument that we need development. But the development shouldn't cost us the sustainability of our environment and lose of our traditional way of life.
Abdullah Al Mahmud
Chittagong Collegiate School and College, Chittagong.
Tastes of Eid!
The article titled 'The beef conundrum' by Sumaiya Ahsan Bushra, published in the last issue of Star Campus was a tasteful one! Though I am not a big fan of all the slaughtering and butchering that Eid-ul-Adha involves, I can't help getting tempted by the prospect of endless supplies of delicious beef curries during this time of the year. I am obviously going to try out some recipes mentioned by the writer in the article. Especially the recipe for the sandwich with the slices of cooked beef has been my absolute favourite. On a different note, despite all the feasting and celebrations, we shouldn't forget the sacred objective of Eid-ul Adha, which is to sacrifice our ego and to share our resources with the less privileged ones of the society.
Uttara University, Dhaka.
ZAHIDUL HAQUE APU
1. Bolte na para kotha - Fuad featuring TJ
2. East Side Story - Bryan Adams
3. Bhalobashe na - Rumi
4. Rode Jole Shohor - Aronno (Dipto)
5. Beche thakar gaan - Rupom Islam
6. Raat Kade - Parvez
7. Uru uru mon - Aurthohin
8. Ghum Ashe na - Bappa Mazumder
9. Keno Kadish - Ehsan Rahi
10. One more night - Maroon 5
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