British Council Branches
is related to Mr. Juad's letter published on SWM's
24/10/03 issue. Apart from the British Council's library
on Fuller road, there are no other branches of the
library in Dhaka. This is indeed a problem for readers
like us who live far from the place. We are deprived
of the facilities that they provide. Perhaps the British
Council would open a few more branches around the
city, so that we get the opportunity to take advantage
of the facilities -- having access to the good quality
books that the British Council keeps in their library.
Interpretation of Islam
would like to thank the editor of SWM for choosing
such a contemporary as well as important speech, (“Returning
to Islam's Roots”) to publish in the Magazine. Mahathir
Mohamad is known as the spokesman of the Muslim world.
He reveals the crucial problems of the Muslim nations.
He pointed out that the Muslim world is turning weak
and desperate due to neglect and misinterpretation.
I think his speech is a milestone for the guidance
of the Muslim ”ummah.” I also agree with Mahathir
that only a rational change among the Muslim people
can rescue the ill-fated Muslims of the world; not
by suicide attacks and angry messages. If the Muslims
don't return to the real teachings of Islam, their
misery will know no bound.
proposal of a new name
am a regular reader of SWM but I have been observing
for the past few weeks that many people are writing
about Dhaka Diary. Many people suggest chang of name.
Meanwhile Dhaka Diary and Khulna Diary are printed
together. So I think the name Dhaka Diary should be
changed and I hope name B.Desh Diary (Bangladesh Diary)
will suit SWM.
Md. Abdullah Imran
Kushtia Government University
reference to the article “ENGLISH MEDIUM STUDENTS:
How Do They Do So Well?” by Ahmede Hussain, published
in the Star Weekend Magazine dated October 31, 2003,
I would like to clarify a point. Quoting from the
article 'Enayet Mawla, a Sunbeams graduate, believes
“the schools have been very 'commercial' and teachers
are not teaching properly in the schools in order
to attract more students to their home.” Interestingly,
though Mawla's school does not permit its teachers
giving private tuition, he went to a coaching centre
for “extra help.”
These lines portray a very wrong image of Sunbeams
school. Enayet Mawla had talked about schools being
very commercial as a general view and that Sunbeams
is totally different in this case. While talking to
the writer Enayet had also mentioned that being in
Sunbeams, I required very little private tuition and
that teachers are not allowed to teach Sunbeams students.”
the letter it is quite clear that the writer has rightly
quoted the concerned student. Any question of vilifying
Sunbeams school does not arise; because, from the
above quote, it is quite clear that the student has
been referring to all English medium schools in general.
Though being in Sunbeams, he required “very little
private tuition,” and the teachers are not allowed
to teach Sunbeams students, Enayet has also told the
writer, as he is being quoted as saying, that he went
to private tutors immediately before his exam to get
'extra help.” SWM stands by its cover story.
Star Weekend Magazine