Richa Jha's "The Un-Green Valley", in the September
10 issue of SWM, was a treat -- like each and every one
of her articles. "Slice of Life" is an absolute
must-read for me, not only because Richa writes so well,
but also because I feel an affinity with her observations
and perceptions. This particular piece made me feel as though
my own thoughts were being voiced on paper. It's also wonderful
how she blends seriousness with humour and a down-to earth
attitude with wit. Whatever else Richa may lack (green fingers,
warmth, etc) it is certainly not a knack for punchy words!
SWM would not be the same without Slice of Life.
Nausheen Rahman, Baridhara
I would like to thank Begum Zeenat for her letter in the
September 17 issue of SWM. I think the questions she raised
in her writing are not only important and relevant to her
but also to every conscious citizen of Bangladesh. If only
our politicians would consider answering these questions!
Unfortunately, this will never happen. In order to answer
all of these questions, political parties have to take responsibility
for their actions. Because the relationship between our
two political parties strongly resembles the relationship
between a snake and mongoose, they insist on answering questions
by blaming each other, and we are left with no solutions
after 33-years of our independence we are still lagging
behind in every aspects only because of our nasty political
matrix. Our politicians never work towards our country's
welfare. Instead, they work for their own interests. Our
country still does not have a clear definition of democracy.
Although an opposition party is a must for a democratic
country, we would rather live without the perpetual and
hazardous enmity between the two. Another fast-growing concern
is the punishment of criminals and terrorists. What did
our police do on august 21?
Md. Abdullah Imran, Kushtia
"The Best Years of Our Lives…Wasted?"
I'd like to focus on SWM's "special feature" of
September 10, written by Kajalie Shehreen Islam, describing
the present condition of the educational system of Dhaka
University. I totally agree with the condition the writer
described in her article and would like to thank her for
sketching such a painfully vivid picture about how the general
students feel. Now a days, political issues have reached
such a terrible state that so-called students(!) dare to
threaten the teachers, sometimes even going as far as to
beat them and vandalise their office rooms during their
absence. Based on extremely stupid and totally selfish political
issues, different student organisation organise indefinite
strikes. As a result, our exams get postponed day after
day. I'm a second year student now. When I started my current
session, the official date of our exam was on July 17. However,
I am still a second year student today and don't know when
the exam will actually be held. My question is plain and
simple-- if politics is for the greater welfare of the nation,
how is politics ruining our academic career benefit the
Dewan Lutful Kabir, University of Dhaka
Firstly, I would like to extend my greatest thanks to SWM
for including their newest column, "Learn English with
the British Council." I think that the majority of
people in our country are weak in English and are trying
to find different ways of improving their English skills.
This is a great joint attempt on the part of SWM and the
British Council. I am weak in English but I feel like I
am benefiting from this new column. I am a new reader of
SWM and The Daily Star. My teachers advised me to read this
publication because it would help improve my English language
and grammar. I thank SWM for the "Education" column
and its other well-written columns.
I am a new reader of SWM and for the last two months, I
have been reading it regularly. Since the first issue that
I read, I really enjoyed going through the magazine. There
is no doubt that SWM is a good publication and is the leading
weekly in our country. All the columns add to the good quality
of the magazine and they are all enjoyable in their own
way. I think that people like myself cannot help but love
reading SWM. What I find especially enjoyable is the "Dhaka
Diary" and the "Write to Mita" sections.
I find these pages the most fascinating. However, I sometimes
feel that "Write to Mita" fluctuates in standard
and that worries me. Please try to keep the standard up.
Ahmed Hasim, Iswargonj, Mymensingh
I am a regular reader of SWM. I would like to express my
heartiest congratulations to SWM. I believe that SWM is
the best weekend magazine in Bangladesh. It provides exceptional
cover stories, which I eagerly await every Friday. I also
enjoy reading "Newsnotes", "Jokes",
"Write to Mita", "Dhaka Diary", "Chintito",
"Book Reviews" and "Education". I am
also sure that many other readers enjoy these columns. I
have one request, however. Could you possibly write a cover
story on the Chechnya tragedy? Thank you very much.
Robel Ahmed (Shagar), Comilla Government
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