News of: Saturday, 21st of February, 2009
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A Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative in handcuffs exploded an improvised grenade at the police superintendent's office in Gazipur yesterday, injuring at least a dozen people, mostly policemen and journalists.
The violent attack by an arrested Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadre at a press briefing in Gazipur SP office yesterday could be made due to callousness of police.
Five members of a family were burnt alive in a fire at a house in Sitakunda upazila early yesterday.
The nation today pays glowing tribute to the Language Movement martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue 57 years ago.
The graves of two of the five officially recognised martyrs of the Language Movement have been lost due to neglect by the authorities concerned.
Noor Jahan, one of the females, arrested at the JMB den at Ghortoil in Gazipur, took a SIM out of a cellphone and broke it into pieces with her teeth in the blink of an eye when police raided the place.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it has become imperative to bring changes to the country's politics and economy, and to the outlook of the people as well, to ensure democracy.
The Daily Star yesterday celebrated 18 years of its publication through a programme attended by a galaxy of politicians, academics, artistes, businesspersons, media and civil society members.
The Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday witnessed the milling crowd in long queues to pass through police security points to enter the fair compound.
The world has lost Manx in the Isle of Man, Ubykh in Turkey and last year Alaska's last native speaker of Eyak, Marie Smith Jones, died, taking the aboriginal language with her.
A day after launch ML Fahmida Happy Express went down in the Kirtonkhola near Barisal, at least 26 people are still missing.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ringleaders had ambitions well beyond Mumbai and had placed India's financial hub in a list of 320 worldwide locations as potential targets for commando-style terror strikes, the Guardian has said in a report published on Thursday.
Reconstructing Zimbabwe may cost as much as five billion US dollars (four billion euros), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday as he opened his hands to neighbouring countries.
TODAY is a day of renewed pledges, and as millions of Bangalees trek barefoot to the Central Shaheed Minar, the place hallowed by the blood of the martyrs of the Language Movement, to pay homage to them and renew their pledge, it would be well to be conscious of the very important fact that we are the only nation that shed blood for our mother tongue.
AN investigative report in this paper on Thursday brought to light a rising trend in smuggling of firearms of variegated types in the country's southwestern region. The extent to which the clandestine activities are taking place is quite worrying. Arms traffickers are said to be active in at least 29 points in six border districts such as Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, Jhenidah, Jessore and Satkhira.
FOR any Bangalee, the months of February and March are sources of joy and inspiration. February initiates spring and also symbolizes the re-affirmation of our rich cultural tapestry associated with our mother tongue. March on the other hand, stands not only as an emblem of the great sacrifices made by the people, but also as the validation of our emergence as an independent nation.
ON February 21, 1952 the valiant soldiers of the language movement shed their blood for the recognition of our mother tongue Bangla. Prior to that, in 1948 Nayeemuddin protested against the utterance of MA Jinnah who said in a meeting at Curzon Hall "Urdu, only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan". Nayeemuddin was not a leader or worker of any party, he protested on behalf of general mass and general students.
A15-YEAR-OLD girl committed suicide in Karnataka after being humiliated by the Bajrang Dal, the tirshul side of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), for having talked to a Muslim boy, riding with her in the same bus. The police refused to register a case against the Bajrang Dal men on the ground that if it were to do so, there would be communal riots.
Just when it looked safe for football and cricket to settle down at their respective homes, the long-lingering ghost returned.
Pakistan's newly-appointed captain Younis Khan said his new-look team would not be under pressure when they take on Sri Lanka in their first Test in 14 months starting here Saturday.
England and West Indies drew the third Test on Thursday when play was called off due to bad light with the home side on 370-9 and with four overs to bowl at the Antigua Recreation Ground.
Two key players who helped West Indies draw the third Test against England on Thursday felt it was one of the team's finest performances in recent memory.
India arrived in New Zealand on Friday, with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni adamant that the lures of lucrative Twenty20 tournaments have not sidetracked or preoccupied his side. India have not won a Test in New Zealand since 1976 and Dhoni, on his first tour to the country, said the international game was top priority.
Bangladesh Army and BKSP won their respective matches in the Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament at the Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Expressing concern over lack of practice matches for the Indian cricket team on the tour of New Zealand, former skipper Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the visit will test Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership ability.
FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar edged Grandmaster Abdullah Al Rakib in tiebreakers to become unbeaten champion in the Shaheed Dibash Rapid Chess tournament, sponsored by Spain Probashi Daba Samaj in assistance with Bangladesh Chess Federation.
Harinsinga High School defeated Islamia High School by 130 runs in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket competition at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that having to settle for a draw in the third Test against West Indies on Thursday was hard to take.
Virginie Razzano reached the biggest final of her career when she produced her fourth successive upset win to earn a showdown with one of the Williams sisters in the WTA Dubai Open on Saturday.
Texas financier Allen Stanford, accused of a 9.2-billion-dollar fraud that prompted governments to shut his banks and seize assets, was tracked down in Virginia, as investigators Friday probed his reported auditor in Britain.
England will know the extent of Andrew Flintoff's injured hip, when he undergoes a medical scan in Barbados on Friday.
Pakistan great Javed Miandad said Friday that Afghanistan had invited him to help further the country's high-flying cricket team's bid for a World Cup debut.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday terminated all contracts with Allen Stanford, the ruling body of the game here said.
Maghbazar Modhubagh Shaheed Lt Selim Shikshalaya celebrated their Annual Sports Day and Prize Distribution Ceremony at the T & T High School ground yesterday.
FC Copen-hagen's Martin Vingaard hit an injury-time goal to force a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City in the UEFA Cup on Thursday to inflict another blow after coach Stale Solbakken accused the English side of "destroying football".
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may have labelled Manchester United "untouchable" but Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt insists the title race is not yet over.
Spanish champions Real Madrid warm up for Wednes-day's Cham-pions League duel with Liverpool with a home match against Real Betis on Saturday as they continue their bid to reel in runaway leaders Barcelona.
Carlos Tevez could be on his way out of Manchester United after the Argentina striker's owners admitted they are 'studying other options' for his future.
Barcelona, runaway leaders of Spain's Primera Liga, has defied the global financial crisis with a surge in profits in the first half of the season.
Argentina coach Diego Maradona became a grandfather on Thursday when his daughter Giannina gave birth to a baby boy, Benjamin.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss Sunday's clash with Manchester City, Anfield manager Rafael Benitez confirmed on Friday.
Russia wants to intensify its microcredit programme to cushion the adverse effects of global financial meltdown, said the visiting Russian Deputy Minister for Economic Development Anna Popova at a press conference at Grameen Bank Bhaban in the city yesterday.
Frederick Roche, deputy director general of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) South Asia Department, has reiterated ADB's strong support and cooperation in helping the new government implement its development priorities.
The remarks of State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud on exchange of terrorists between Bangladesh and her neighbouring countries were not reported correctly by local and international media, said a foreign ministry official yesterday.
Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission yesterday started a two-day visit to three hill districts to see by itself the real situation of human rights, democracy and land rights of the indigenous people.
A photographic exhibition on state language movement began on the Dhaka University campus yesterday to commemorate the supreme sacrifices of the brave sons of the soil in 1952.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for ratifying the Local Government Commission (LGC) Ordnance in parliament to strengthen local government system.
Speakers at the concluding ceremony of a regional conference in Khulna yesterday said that the Asia and the Pacific are highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.
Shipping Minister Dr Afsarul Amin yesterday said the present government of Sheikh Hasina is giving utmost importance to quality education to turn the future generation into skilled human resources and achieve Digital Bangladesh by 2021.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested 19 people, including an Indian national, from Nabatkati, a bordering village in Sadar upazila, while they were crossing the border illegally.
As many as 19 crime-related incidents took place every hour in 2007 mainly due to poverty, growing unemployment and illiteracy, revealed a research book yesterday.
Speakers at a discussion called for exploiting and utilising minerals and other natural resources for the country's development instead of leasing out fuel, gas and coal blocks to foreign companies.
The second inter-university debate competition started at Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Thursday.
A moderate earthquake felt at 9:48 am yesterday at the Seismic Centre of Bangladesh Meteorological Department at Agargaon in the city.
The second session of a workshop on Mohiniyattam dance, a lyrical classical dance tradition originating from Kerala in India, will begin at Dance and Music Training Centre of Indian High Commission at Dhanmondi in the city today.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought Chinese investment in power and road communications sectors as a six-member Chinese delegation, led by CPC central committee vice-minister Liu Hongcai, met her at her Jamuna official residence in the city yesterday.
Seiko Hashimoto, state secretary for foreign affairs of Japan, will visit Bangladesh on February 22-23 to talk to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other ministers.
Key leaders of BNP yesterday said they would oppose the singing of any treaty with any country that would go against the national interest.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia yesterday issued separate messages on the occasion of Amar Ekushey, paying homage to the memories of the valiant sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice to establish their mother tongue as the state language.
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was shot dead in Khanpur area of the town last night.
Illegal collection and sale of rocks from hills, waterfalls and canals in eight upazilas in the district is going on unabated posing serious threat to environment and ecology.
Rahima and Zohora, who lost their parents in Thursday's launch capsize in the Kirtankhola, are still waiting on the riverbank for their missing brother.
A tense situation is prevailing on the Rajshahi University campus over holding Ekushey programme as Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) RU unit and Shibir-backed Bikalpa Sahitya Sangsad (BSS) announced to hold their programmes at the university Central Shaheed Minar at the same time.
Unidentified criminals strangled a college student at Kulchura village under Sadar upazila of Chuadanga on Thursday night.
Defying physical challenge, Razia Begum is attending the running SSC examinations writing with her left leg at Baliadangi Samiruddin College Centre.
The Sri Lankan government is "slaughtering" civilians with indiscriminate shelling in its effort to eradicate Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's northeast, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
A frank US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned North Korea Friday to stop being provocative, saying its "war of words" with the South would not help it forge a new relationship with Washington.
Iran is continuing to enrich uranium, a process potentially used to make an atom bomb, but has slowed down the expansion of its enrichment activities, the UN's atomic watchdog said Thursday.
Refuting reports of an alliance with BJP, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday said that his party was against BJP and there was not even a remote chance of an alliance.
Sri Lankan security forces seized another village from Tamil Tiger rebels, the government said yesterday, as international concern mounted about the plight of civilians caught in the shrinking war zone.
Kyrgyzstan ordered US forces yesterday to depart within six months from an air base key to military operations in Afghanistan, a move complicating plans to send more troops to battle rising Taliban and al-Qaeda violence.
Thailand's prime minister reaffirmed yesterday the need for a "regional" solution to the fate of hundreds of Muslim boatpeople from Myanmar who have washed up in neighbouring nations in recent months.
A suicide bomber attacked the funeral of a slain Shia Muslim leader in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing 30 people and triggering deadly rioting, officials said.
With Lok Sabha elections round the corner, BJP's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani on Friday kickstarted the poll campaign from his Gandhinagar constituency, from where he has won for four times.
Hawkish Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked on Friday with forming a new Israeli government, fuelling concerns that a right-wing coalition could torpedo the Middle East peace process.
The US space agency's Fermi telescope has detected a massive explosion in space which scientists say is the biggest-ever gamma-ray burst, a report published Thursday in Science Express said.
The United States on Thursday expressed concern to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari that a deal allowing Sharia law in the volatile Swat valley amounted to a possible capitulation to Taliban militants.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the terrorists have found "safe haven" in Pakistan, a country, which she said is now under greater pressure because of the economic crisis.
As the world watches Pakistan's truce with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has hit out at the ISI.
Arts & Entertainment
Years ago, prominent cultural figures hailing from Barisal, were invited over for the centennial celebration of Brojo Mohon College, popularly known as BM College. The ship was to start at 6 pm and we hurried for the Sadarghat terminal.
More than 150 poets from all over the country, including some from the capital, read out their verses at the National Poetry Festival to fans and avid enthusiasts. The festival organised by Jatiyo Kabita Parishad began with the slogan "Joy Jonotar Joy Kobitar" at Central Library Premises, Dhaka University on February 18 and ended yesterday.
Mads Nissen is a Danish photojournalist who was an eyewitness of what happened in Tibet during a massive unrest that began on March 10, 2008. On that day, a series of demonstrations began in Lhasa to mark the 49th anniversary of an unsuccessful Tibetan uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959. Many Tibetan groups observe it as the Tibetan Uprising Day.
A two-day exhibition featuring masks by Mukul Chandra Burman began at the Shaheed Minar premises on Rajshahi University (RU) campus last Wednesday. The exhibition was part of the programme observing International Mother Language Day.
As part of the special programmes on Ekushey February, ATN Bangla will telecast a documentary on Language Movement veteran Syed Abdul Matin. The programme, titled “Alor Shiri,” will be aired tonight at 11:30 pm. The documentary has been directed by Aslam Shikdar.
A special docu-drama "Ekusher Din Badaler Shurjo" will be aired tonight on Ekushey Television at 10:10 pm. Planned by Abdus Salam, Masud Ahmed has written the play and K.M. Khurshid has directed it.
Special TV play "Morichika Ebong Ekti Bangla Raat" will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9:10 pm. The play is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's "Tash-er Desh" and the Indian film "Rang De Basanti." Farhad Lemon is the writer, while Muktadir Ibne Salam is the director of the play.
"Ekusher Galpo," an adaptation of a Zahir Raihan story, will be aired tonight at 8:15 pm on Banglavision. Kawnain Shourabh has adapted and directed the play.
Documentary programme "Shedin Ki Ghotechhilo" will be aired this afternoon on ntv at 4:10 pm. Nazmul Huda Shapla is the producer of the documentary.
THE prime minister's categorical denunciation of extra-judicial killing comes as a very positive development. To this scribe and many law-abiding citizens, those untenable custodial killings of recent years were a burden on the nation's conscience. As such, the chief executive's forthright resolve to punish the guilty and the foreign minister's international commitment at Geneva to put a total stop to extra-judicial killings give cause to hope.
THE gruesome murder of a eight year old girl after rape by some unidentified hoodlums has shattered the nation. To violate an eight year-old girl who did not understand the meaning of sex is simply barbaric. On the morning of February 4 when people read the news, a chill ran up the nation's spine.
ON Tuesday, this past Nov. 4, I voted for John McCain for President of the United States. On Wednesday morning, I woke feeling glad that he lost. Had McCain won, a spirit of gloom would have spread over the land, a deadening feeling of "Oh, God, business as usual," part of that business being that a man tied to failed economic policies was once again at the helm and a nonwhite candidate for president still hadn't a chance. But Barack Obama was our new president. Great day in the morning; a new age in American politics is upon us.
WE have reverted to the 1996 phobia syndrome hovering around possible transit agreement between AL government and India. No sooner had AL formed government in 1996 staging a comeback after 21 years than the rightist camps both extreme and moderate were found active fanning the flames in a frantic attempt perhaps to fish in troubled water. The issue that immediately came up as a debatable one related to transit to India. The then AL government deferred the issue for some ostensible reason. The opposition tried once again to upset the AL led Mahajot government from the very beginning using transit question as a favourite topic of their anti-government campaign. This is to create a lot of furore among the public on transit issue. It is as if the ruling AL is a synonym for transit. The opposition still thins that people nourish anti Indian sentiment.
Adequate and uninterrupted supply of energy is the basic demand for economic growth and development of any country. Earth's energy crisis and global warming from energy sector, day by day, enhance the demand for renewable energy. Although several options of renewable energy have been discovered, Biogas and Solar are the most prominent renewable energy sector still now. Biogas technology is most popular throughout the world because it not only produces energy but also ensures better and hygienic environment, good health and other socioeconomic benefit as the technology convert the biodegradable organic waste from agriculture, industries, municipalities, livestock etc. to energy and supplies the slurry as a by product that can be used as organic fertilizer.
The 5th World Water Forum, the world's largest water-related event, will convene in Istanbul, Turkey March 16-22, 2009, to push the worldwide water crisis onto the international agenda. Held every three years, the Forum gathers together interested parties from every horizon to find sustainable solutions to the world's daily water challenges. With more than 3000 participating organizations, attendees will include international heads of state, United Nations representatives, parliamentarians, local authorities and other government officials, as well as water professionals, activists and other interested parties. The Forum is a unique platform where individuals from both inside and outside the water sector interact and debate to create broader awareness for water-related issues and find solutions. During this year's forum, the United Nations' World Water Development Report will be unveiled giving insight to freshwater resources.
Indoor environment is a somewhat narrower concept in the paradigm of environmental sciences. It is manifested by many factors. The ambient environmental condition depends basically on several fundamental factors such as air quality, sound pollution and temperature. Factors of ambient environmental conditions include: Temperature, Humidity, Dust and Particulate matter, Toxic gases, Harmful radiation, Microbial spores, Sunlight and other light , Sound pollution, Atmospheric pressure.
The Indonesian government, confronted with a collapse in demand for biofuels and resistance from state fuel distribution company Pertamina to continue to sell biofuels at a loss, is pushing a proposal through the House of Representatives to allocate $71 million dollars to subsidize locally produced biodiesel and bioethanol.
Note: There is hardly any Bangladeshi writing in English, creative or academic, prose or poetry, on Ekushey. All outpourings on this theme remain exclusively in the domain of Bengali. This fact is not surprising, given that it happened at a time when English creative writing was relatively unknown in these parts, and the truth is it is only lately that English creative writing is also being nudged by popular emotions and themes. English writing tends to remain aloof and cerebral, at a distance from the nation's teashops and streets, and the passions that can ignite and rule the streets. It is only with time and an enlargement of the subjects and topics that Bangladeshi English writers deal with will it engage with the nation's popular imagination and furies.
Rising trend of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) has emerged as major threat to tuberculosis (TB) control programme in Bangladesh. Experts identified inappropriate and irregular treatment beyond programmatic control, lack of diagnostic facility and treatment of existing MDR cases as the contributor of rising number of MDR-TB patients.
Diabetes nutrition focuses on healthy foods. But you can eat sweets once in a while without feeling guilty or interfering with your blood sugar control. The key to diabetes nutrition is moderation.
Nearly 50 years after it was first introduced, the contraceptive pill is still the subject of widespread myths and misconceptions. Following is a look at the truth behind some of most common and enduring myths.
It may be possible to predict which breast cancer patients will be helped by tamoxifen based on changes in so-called breast density, researchers reported.
A few minutes of intense exercise a week is just as good as a half-hour of moderate physical activity a day for reducing a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes — and may actually be even more effective, new research hints.
THE Indian Foreign Minister's day long visit to Dhaka on February 9th ended with more questions than having answered any. The media hype before the visit about possible agreement on transit and joint task force to combat terrorism created a great deal of interest in many quarters. While land transit is an old issue, the joint task force is a new one floated by Sheikh Hasina soon after becoming the Prime Minister that the BNP interpreted as an attempt to allow Indian security and intelligence presence inside Bangladesh. In the end, neither agreement was signed although from press interview given by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, it was clear that on task force on terrorism, India did not have much interest.
RECENTLY it has been noticed that the print and electronic media have been focusing quite well on the resources of the Bay of Bengal. Of course these may have different meanings for our people. Coastal people might be thinking that it has something to do with the fishery resources at sea and may be their unending sufferings due to straying over the non-delineated maritime boundaries will come to an end and possibilities of landing into jails of neighbouring countries and thus loosing their costly nets and the only means of livelihood may decrease. Environmentalists may be relating the issue to the ecology of the coast, health of Sunderban mangroves and other coastal habitats. Some of the academicians may be hinting at the potential of minerals, oils and gas likely to be found in the deep and shallow water blocks of the Bay. Some may be worried about the security of maritime areas and the need for proper surveillance through the Navy or Coast guard. However, these issues generally discussed did not confine to only 12nm of the Territorial Sea, over which Bangladesh has total sovereignty, or on another 24 nm of Contiguous Zone over which we have rights to prevent the infringement of laws on custom, fiscal, immigration and sanitation but mostly with another extended belt of water known as Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extending 200nm from the baselines for exploitation of the living and non living resources of sea. It also included important issues like settlement of maritime boundary with our neighbours and the submission of our Continental Shelf (CS) claim extending over 350nm and allowing us exploitation rights of all non living resources and sea bed living beings. The term CS actually brought fore the important concept of the “continuum of the Bangladesh's land mass under the Bay of the Bengal”.
In a democratic environment, after a landslide victory a rise in aura of confidence in the mind of the leadership or in party members is quite natural and justifiable. Unfortunately, the victor always misses the determination to win the next election as parochial self and party interest overpowers the national interest; the interest, for which people voted them to power. Therefore, every time a landslide victory turns into an avalanche of defeat by the end of the term. When a party is in power, it has the scope to do well for the people but not while in opposition. But surprisingly it is always the opposition who wins the election, not the party in power. Why is it that every time the mass opinion sways so much from the party in power to the party outside the power? If the defeat by the ruling party is natural then how did Jyoti Bashu's communist party remain in power in West Bengal for as many as 25 years or Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia for 22 years till he left voluntarily to his successor? It is not that our party in power wants to retire for next 5 years, handing over the power to the opposition; rather they try tooth and nail to remain in power but fail miserably.
Star Books Review
The objective of the book is to examine various facets of FDI inflows in the developing economies, China, India and the Caribbean in specific. The rationale behind taking up two large economies like India and China for the study is the strategic shift of both countries development from inward to outward orientation, whereas comparatively smaller economy like the Caribbean has been taken up to show how they require to take up FDI as an alternative source of capital and investment after the withdrawal of concession from countries like US, Canada and EU and their response to this global challenge.
The message of Colm Toibin in his novel, The South, can be translated as “Follow your heart and see where it leads you.” It takes courage to break away from the familiar surroundings of one's family and home and go to a new place. Kathrine Proctor, an artist found her heart growing restless, she wanted to escape the everyday routine life of her home. The bondage of home, her husband and even the child was choking her. Suddenly she wanted to be free. An unknown adventure, an uncertain future seems to be beckoning her. Leaving her home in Dublin, leaving her husband Tom and her ten year old son Richard for an unknown destination was like a wild goose chase. And yet her heart called out to the wild wishes. She felt as if an inner force was driving her to the far, wide world. And she made no secret about it. She told Tom that she was leaving him, going where; she herself did not know.
Imagine a man attempting to understand a woman. He would fret over the complexities of female psychology, scratch his head in frustration and waste uncountable pages and pens. There would be several rewritings, broken threads of reason, sparks of emotion and passages of to-and-fro analytical narrative. And in the end after implementing much intelligence our diligent writer would come up with something very similar to 'The Golden Notebook'.
It's all in the eyes of Maria Modig, eminent Swedish writer, who on a life-affirming observation, has had a look over the insights and outward feelings of a child's sound growth in her book 'Att vara med barnbarn' (To Be With Grand Children).