Rememberance: September Days
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.
The University of Asia Pacific
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?
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!
Peer General Practitioner
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.