SWM is turning out to be the leading weekly magazine
in our country because of its printing quality, brilliant
graphics and first-rate write-ups. I especially enjoy
its regular contributors and think they are worth
reading. Of them, I really admire Mr. Shawkat Hussain
whose column is witty, humorous as well as a bit satirical.
At times, I wonder how he brings out so many crucial
issues from such trivial topics. A fine example of
this kind is his last piece "Dreams and Reality”.
This shows his sheer writing brilliance. I am looking
forward to reading more of his sharp, compact articles.
I thank SWM for including him in their domain.
Md. Nazrul Islam Sumon
Dept of English
University of Dhaka
national security nightmare
Recently a huge cache of arms has been retrieved in
the commercial capital Chittagong. Arms smuggling,
it seems, have been going on for years; while subsequent
governments have remained blissfully ignored of such
incidents. The most frightening thing is the government's
indifference to these sorts of arms haul. Instead
of forming a neutral inquiry commission the government
has tried to politicise the event. Our national security
has never become so vulnerable before. I hope SWM
will make a cover story on it.
Bibesh Ranjan Bhowmick
I really enjoyed reading the Travel article on New
Orleans written by Samia Islam. I found the entire
piece utterly fascinating -- it all seemed so foreign
and other-worldly! I think the writer has a great
style of writing and is very clear in her thoughts.
It is nice to get a glimpse of other places and cities
around the world from a Bangali person's perspectives.
SWM should really continue their Travel page because
it makes those of us who cannot travel very often,
or at all, in fact, feel like we too have an open
window to the outside world.
The cover story of your March 26th issue was really
well done and my sincere congratulations goes to all
the writers, Aasha Mehreen Amin, Shamim Ahsan, Ahmede
Hussain, and Mustafa Zaman. I think the concept of
having various writers doing small features on different
topics, and then compiling it into one cover story
gives a very strong and balanced perspective on whatever
you are writing about. Although some of the articles
were stronger than others, I still feel that you were
able to balance each other out. It is important to
speak out against the problems we face in our society
and government and analyse the harm we are causing
ourselves by allowing these issues to go unsolved.
Thank you SWM for giving us the opportunity to do
Although Shamim Ahsan's cover story on Noise Pollution
was very informative and a great topic, I think that
you could have definitely done more with it in terms
of your photos. I didn't understand the relevance
of half the pictures featured in the cover story.
I understand that it is hard to show noise pollution
in pictures, but I feel that a renowned magazine such
as Star Weekend Magazine can make more of an effort.
Photo Features Please
I really love your photo features -- I feel like they
add more colour and life to the magazine. Although
I think your magazine is great, sometimes it is a
little too heavy for a Friday morning. Having a photo
feature sometimes takes the heaviness away from the
rest of your columns and gives me the incentive to
read more of your articles. Just to give some of us
some eye relief for the weekend, can you please consider
making your photo features a regular in the magazine?
English language is a huge priority for literate people
not only in Bangladesh, but all over the world. With
the rapid expansion of information technology and
as citizens of global villages, the importance of
the English language is increasing gradually. Nowadays,
being fluent in English is important in order to get
a lucrative job. Star Weekend Magazine helps us learn
English by publishing its articles. It publishes various
contemporary articles on many different topics such
as events, travel, personalities and so on. Most of
these provide us with valuable information and reading
pleasure, which also makes us more resourceful people
as a result. However, lack of proper and effective
knowledge of English among many of us makes it hard
for us to understand it all the time. If SWM published
some reading, writing and speaking tips and strategies
for beginners, it would be very helpful to the average
readers. We are all enthusiastic language learners
so on behalf of them I hope SWM will take this into
After the World Cup '99, people all over the world,
including Bangladesh lost their interest in the game
of cricket to some extent. The reasons behind that
might be the match fixing allegations against same
famous players, lack of good cricket performance in
the field and ban of bilateral series between teams
like India and Pakistan. But the year 2004 brings
with it the previous excitement of cricket in its
full form. Aside from the good cricket being exhibited
during the series between India and Australia, Bangladesh
also performed remarkably well in the ODIs against
Zimbabwe. After that cricket lovers had the opportunity
to enjoy the drama of cricket between the two arch-rivals
-- India and Pakistan. During the month of March,
cricket reigned everywhere in Bangladesh. It has certainly
made a comeback in this region. In addition it is
just the beginning as this year also features the
Asia Cup, ICC Champion's Trophy, and more. So cricket
lovers, get ready for more action.