"My Weekly Diary"
I enjoyed reading Richa Jha's wonderful feature My Weekly
Diary in the December 10 issue of SWM.
The author wonderfully splits the time-period of a night
before her "Hysterical" Saturday working day!
She appears to be extremely anxious to the point where she
has nightmares because of her search to find a topic. She
is mortally afraid of the editor lest she should fail to
send her write-up to the editor before the deadline!
In her whole journey in search of a topic, she makes a brilliant
use of words, digresses from the main track very much befittingly,
which makes her story a very interesting and pleasant one!
She never ceases to unleash The Hubby in her journey! By
bringing out the moral of the story she heightens the essence
of the story in a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek way! That
is her mastery! At the very first glimpse of her title I
was reminded of Nikolai Gogol's classic piece " Diary
of a mad Man!" Her choice of the titles is always excellent
that befits her mood wonderfully! Congrats on a great article!
Rafiqul Islam Rime
Traditions and their consequences
The western media has a direct influence on our young generation.
Programmes like Poorman's Bikini Beach and Hot and Wild
on AXN and some movies in HBO show explicit images. This
explains why it is not uncommon to see two people engaging
in public displays of affection in many English medium schools.
These types of programmes proroke unruly behaviour and lead
to a breakdown in society. Knowing all the effects and consequences
it is up to the young generation to choose what is best
A worried teenager
This is in reference to Manifa Osman's article in 17 Dec
issue of SWM titled "Patriotic". As an 'A' level
student I also have similar questions. English medium schools
hardly have any counselling services for the students, to
help them find a profession where they can help their motherland
with the knowledge and skills they acquire in their educational
institutions. As a result, after completing 'A' levels most
of us are left with a minimum knowledge on what to do for
the development of the country, thus leaving no other options
but to go abroad. This is really a very critical matter,
because if this brain drain continues, then our future generations
(people, who will not be leaving but staying in the country)
will have to work much harder than necessary to find an
obscure silver lining for our future.
On the other hand it is not fair for us to only blame the
educational institutions and the students for this brain
drain. The saviours of our land -- the leaders , must also
take accountability for this crisis. It is because of the
poor state of the country that we all want to go to a better
place with more opportunities. Who wants to live in a place
which is so infested with crime? In addition to that we
have the examples of law enforcers, who are great candidates
for the "Bangladeshi Idle" as proposed by Chintito.
The reason students like us are settling abroad is because
we have nothing to hold us back here. But if we all want
to go to a better place then why did we liberate our land,
shedding so much blood, in the first place? Although there
are many young people who want to make a difference in the
country in pursuit of a better life; there is the question
of safety and security. When I take a view of my country's
portrait, all I see is corruption, human rights violation
and the lack of respect towards humanity. I used to have
high ambitions for doing something for my country and I
still do, but all these factors seemed to have weakened
my ambition and my faith in my country.
5 A K Sen Lane, WARI, DHAKA
I am a casual reader of SWM, and I may not be an avid one,
but I want to tell you that whenever I take the opportunity
to go through the magazine I almost read through the entire
issue, from cover to cover. I feel if you keep it up this
way, you will win over millions of young hearts, who are
your target readers. But I would like to express the opinion,
as did some others, that SWM would be an even better magazine
if the writers were bold, but remained neutral and unbiased.
A F Rahman,
I am a regular reader of SWM and would like to make a complaint.
Recently I have noticed to my dismay that you have stopped
publishing the "Write to Mita" column. This is
one of my favourite pages and I'm sure many of your fans
will agree with me. In fact I find that this page is one
of the best in SWM. In this section the readers can express
their feelings as well as get some advice from a professional
person. The fact that it is also anonymous also helps because
people can get advice without having to say who they are.
Please do us the favour of bringing Mita back. It is a very
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