A's and O's of Success
would like to extend my appreciation to the Star Weekend
Magazine and Ahmede Hussain for the great cover story
published on 31 October issue of SWM. I myself am
a product of the English medium school system in Dhaka.
While I did go to teachers for private tuition both
during my O-Levels and A-Levels, I am a strict opponent
of this. I believe it is high time that all the English
medium schools in Dhaka take up the responsibilities
that come with running a real school - i.e. teach
the students properly, not expecting them to go to
private tuition classes to learn what they need to.
Too long have teachers from English medium schools
in the country taken advantage of the system, drawing
paycheques, both from the school and from the students.
Salman Sohail Chand
Ahsan has done it again! Congratulations for writing
such a brilliant cover story. As usual SWM has succeeded
in taking a topic that everyone can relate to and
informing us more on it, as well as giving us the
“nitty-gritty.” The article was extremely informative
and helpful as well as interesting to read and well
written. Please keep up the good work, SWM!
Problems with Shopping
is certain that we, the city dwellers enjoy the openings
of various supermarkets like Agora', Nandan, PQS and
others. The overall systems, the goods and the goodies,
the staff and the services provided are commendable.
But there are some tiny issues that drew my attention.
For example, the width of the lanes provided between
two shelves of items are inadequate (especially when
two-way traffic is involved). The people involved
in its designing should have kept it in mind that
this is just the beginning and there would be scores
of these kind of stores in only a matter of years
proving them eventually inefficient. One of the other
things that bug me is the attitude of some people
who would not bother to steal your queuing space even
if you accidentally budge an inch off your line. It
gets even worse when you find some people peeping
at your trolley and scrutinising the stuff you have
in it. Maybe they don't do it mindfully, but wouldn't
it be nicer if people just minded their own business
and make the shopping environment more pleasant?
loved reading Aasha Mehreen Amin's article on the
stinginess of ice cream parlours in Dhaka. It is really
true they are so stingy with the scoops of ice cream
(or anything else for that matter). The problem with
people in this country is that they think that the
only way they can make any money is by conning people
(thus we win the title for being the most corrupt
nation in the world and people wonder why?) The concept
of giving someone what they pay for is foreign, whether
we as the consuming citizens are paying for ice cream,
car repairs, or even batteries. One always has to
double check to see if they are being tricked and
cheated. What I want to know is whether it is because
we are corrupt, or because we just don't know any
better? Thank you Aasha Mehreen Amin for bringing
this to my attention and making me think.