the Cover Story
enjoyed greatly the breathtaking cover story 'The
Season of the Mowalis' in the April 23rd issue of
SWM, through the lens of Tanjilur Rahman and the narration
of Mustafa Zaman. It enlivened a real world of sight
and sound of a fading livelihood in the heart of the
mightiest mangrove forest on earth, which is so close
in distance and at the same time, so far away. Many
thanks to the laudable effort by SWM to capture this.
However, that being said, I also feel that the article
ended a bit abruptly and was a little incomplete.
It did not tell us how the "Mowalis" celebrate
their safe return home after an incredibly perilous
journey, what happens to their hard-earned honey,
how the middle-men gobble up most of their money and
how the honey ends up on our tables in Dhaka. The
story could have been more interesting if it was studded
with more anecdotes on the real life and death situation
of Mowalis in the hands of man-eaters.
A Chowdhury Mirpur
Arms are They Anyway?"
The article titled, 'Whose Arms are they Anyway',
by Ahmede Hussain was thoroughly researched. It is
quite surprising that this government (like its predecessors)
have been ignoring incidents of gun toting in our
country. Ahmede Hussain quite appropriately described
the recent arms haul a national security nightmare.
It is also not surprising that some unscrupulous policemen,
working with the smugglers, have been smuggling huge
caches of weapons into the country. What surprises
me is where SWM positioned this article. Instead of
giving the Perspective proper importance, SWM put
it on their 26th page; after mundane and unimportant
topics like Voices from the Past (A Horse at Islamabad)
and a wearisome Boishaki Dreams.
Thank you very much for a great issue this week. You
started off with a great cover story titled, 'The
season of the mowalis'. It was very exciting to read.
I found that the health page, in which we learned
about 'the benefits of cinnamon and honey' was very
informative and helpful. My father is suffering from
arthritis and after reading the health page he has
decided to use the formula which was given there.
'An interview with Yvonne Ridley' was also very interesting.
And finally Newsnotes, Dhaka Dairy this week were
I was delighted to read the excellent write-up, "The
Treasures of Sea Grass", by Aasha Mehreen Amin
on the 16th April issue. Although I was aware that
"Hogla" (local name hogole pata) is used
mainly to made for ground-mats and hut-fences but
I never realised that one can do many creative things
with it, until I read your cover story. In our part
of the world, it is refreshing to know that people
are coming up with innovative ways to utilise our
natural resources and open up a shop such as Décor
Idee". My earnest hats off to "Décor
Idee" and the writer Amin for a finely written
Md.Zillur Rahaman, Gandaria
This Week's Perspectives
Ahmede Hussain's perspective on the recent arms haul
was, in a word, brilliant! I haven't read such an
in-depth report and such powerful analysis on the
arms haul before. Bangladesh become a haven for arms-smugglers
and terrorists and the government insists on turning
a blind eye to such incidents. The country's national
security, it seems, means nothing to either of the
major political parties. It is quite interesting to
see that Awami League, which calls general strikes
even on most trivial issues, has remained observably
silent this time. Ahmede Hussain, for this exclusive
story deserves to be named among one of the best journalists
in the country. Ahmede Hussain's writing is thorough,
direct and lucid, which we only see in international
newsmagazines like Time and Newsweek. I hope SWM will
give more attention to issues that centre on our everyday
political and social life. Keep up the good work.
Khawja Irfan Habib, Baridhara
I was so happy to read the article by Sangita Ahmad,
in which she spoke about how she and her family accepted
a child into their home with as much love as she would
have had for her own child. Her true story will encourage
many childless couples to take such a bold step regardless
of staunch family traditions of "own born child
issues and family torch barriers". It bought
tears to my eyes when she compared the fortune of
her precious daughter to the poor children on the
streets. It gives me hope to think that we can help
reduce the number of homeless children this if we
wish. It is a misfortune that foreigners can accept
a child from our country as their own but we cannot
take it upon ourselves to do so because we have become
so indifferent to the issue of homeless children.
Thank you again Sangita for sharing your valuable
thoughts and experiences with us. Hopefully your article
will inspire many couples and their elders who are
in the dilemma of making the right decision to change
Azra Narveen Ahmad, Old DOHS-Banani
SWM is really the leading magazine in Bangladesh.
Its content brings continuous reading pleasure for
us. I especially like reading the jokes page. I noticed
however, that you have repeated the jokes from the
9th April issue. Please avoid making these mistakes
in the future.
Hasan Al Mahbub, Dhaka University