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October 10, 2003

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On Rememberance: September Days

This letter is to express my warmest thanks to Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury for her superb write up in the above column of the SWM, published on September 26, 2003. Her well-written article made me read it again and again, and once again convinced me of the quality that the SWM is committed to. The author's plain expression of fond memories of her mother in exquisite literary prose was extremely moving. This particular piece touched me more also because I bear the same hollow inside as I lost both my parents in a brief interval. Indeed the author rightly noted, these feelings are too raw to be distilled clearly. Let me request the SWM as a consistent reader to continue with Shawkat Hussain's satirical column which has already made a good number of fans through his awesome writings, full of exuberant humour and literary abundance.

Takad Ahmed Chowdhury
The University of Asia Pacific

Misplaced joke

In a recent issue of SWM (19-9-2003), in a joke, a man seems to feel obliged to pay another man whose mother-in-law he rescued from drowning instead of having a reward. That is indeed a worthwhile joke in the west where mothers-in-law, being refused by their own sons, have to stay with their daughters' families. Their culture, sometimes, has a tradition of having hard-to-stand their mothers-in-law as well as mothers. Things are quite different here in the east. Our mothers-in-law usually don't have to seek a shelter in their daughters' homes as long as they have their sons to provide for them. The sons-in-law find it disreputable to express their disgust if they have any. So, is an alien joke like that worth publishing, which one can get only with much difficulty unless he is familiar with that rather unfamiliar culture?

Zaki Ahmed Choudhury
Mirpur, Dhaka


Bravo for a very well-written article by Kajalie Shehreen Islam about a remarkably focused and compassionate physician! We know that there are many such Bangladeshis who are not consumed by politics, greed, or corruption and so it is very good to hear about these selfless people in the local press. Please continue this series of articles to highlight other "heroes of our country". And, may we be inspired by such lives to personally continue to serve a caring God by caring for His people!

Jean Sack

The Peer General Practitioner

Four years back in September 1999 in a national daily (the Ittefaq), I read an open letter of a Child Heart Specialist Dr. Devi Shathi (who was once the physician of Noble Laureate Mother Teresa) from B.M. Birla Heart Research Center in Kolkata. I had a notion that this type of doctor would not be found to in the the clinics or government sickbay in Bangladesh. I was proved wrong when I read The Samaritan Healer by Kajalie Shehreen Islam in the 26th September 2003 issue of SWM. Dr. Abdul Qader is a man of exceptional value to all kinds of people, especially those of the destitute class. Earnest thanks to Dr. Qader and may be lives longer to continue to serve the destitute.

Md.Zillur Rahaman
Dhaka University

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