am a regular reader of SWM. I do enjoy most of it,
but lately the jokes that you give aren't that funny
and besides, it always has loads of mistakes. I was
wondering why SWM doesn't have a page for poetry for
amateur poets. I'm sure many readers enjoy reading
poetry, especially when they are in a pleasant mood
or when they want to relax. Some of them may also
like to contribute their own poems in SWM. So in my
opinion, if poetry could step into the world of SWM,
it would make life a lot better for me.
thank you for your nice reply. I recently made a suggestion
to you to change the name of the 'Dhaka Diary' column
to include the experiences of those living outside
the capital and in reply, you told me to take the
initiative by sharing my own stories. I really feel
that anecdotes from all over the country, and not
just Dhaka, will add variety to SWM. Contributors
too, could take the lead by sharing incidents from
their daily lives with the SWM readers. I myself have
tried to write a diary piece and am going to contribute
to that particular section in future.
of the youth
cover story “Youth in Despair” was very thorough and
in depth. The writer addressed a disconcerting issue
and did a lot of research into the possible reasons
behind criminal behaviour among Bangladeshi youth.
Just a few months back, I read in the newspaper that
a teenager hired a hit man to kill his own mother.
Then there was the equally appalling incident of a
schoolteacher being killed by two of his students.
The cover story included interviews of young men,
and their candid opinions revealed how disillusioned
most of them are about the country's present situation.
The writer is absolutely correct: we need to hear
the voices of the young people and try to deal with
the kind of problems they are facing. We need to ensure
that they don't turn to crime out of frustration and
instead, help them to lead positive lives. But most
importantly, we need to act fast.
Anam's article on the 18th of July was indeed succinct.
I totally agree with him. We should not vilify the
mayor's right at this moment. We will firstly have
to ensure his power. Then, and only then can we expect
something creative from him.