of the week:
"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able
to pass a literacy test.''
-- George W. Bush
Hope you had a great week, barring the hartals. I am getting so fed
up of being cooped up at home, so much so, that I actually look forward
to going to my classes these days, even when they're from 9 am to 5
Okay, in case you're
wondering why I quoted Bush today, it's because February 21 is coming
up, and I guess I don't have to remind you that it's International Mother's
Language Day. I can't help but wonder what drove the good citizens of
the US of A to vote for someone who mangles their mother tongue in such
a brutal fashion…
I've started getting replies with suggestions for music albums. It seems
that a lot of people are listening to rap these days. Eminem seems to
be a popular choice…any contenders? Oh, I hear the new RAAGA album is
out. Anyone heard it yet?
And also speaking
of music, flip to page three as Maliha Bassam takes you back to the
RC Cola Live and Louder concert. Our literature lady also tells you
about the complicated structure of the high school society on the cover.
It's all music and love as we observe the mushiest Shout Out ever on
page two. Too bad many of the cool things we talked about in our previous
issue went down the drain with the hartals…yes, I do seem to have a
bee in my bonnet about them.
Anyway, I've got
to jet now. Take care, and see you next week!
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The Girl Next Doo
Top ten signs you are on a bad date!
10. Your date refused
to pay for your dinner and he didn't even let you eat anything, attacking
the food himself!
9. When he asked
you if you wanted to do something different on your first date, you
never imagined it would be an extensive fungus tour of the city!
8. Things were ok
until you realized that he was wearing neon green trousers and a pink
T-shirt with an "I Love Donald Duck" printed on it, under
that dark coat that you first mistook as being 'normal'.
7. While at the
movies he tried to impress you by eating popcorn with his toes!
6. She is the first
woman you've dated who tried to imitate Charlie Chaplin, and thinks
she's doing a pretty good job of it too!
5. When you open
the door, the second thing you noticed is the number 666 tattooed on
4. Before tonight,
you have never seen anyone suck spaghetti up his or her nose!
3. Unknown to you,
one of the conditions of the date was that her Mom, Dad, Big brother
and sister, Aunt Sokina and Uncle Ronju, and cousins Suzanna, Fatema,
Safa, Golap and Beli (she lives in a joint family), also accompany you
2. The five tattoos
spelling Barb, Bertha, Brenda, Beatrice and Betty that are scratched
on his forearm startled you--especially when your name is Bonnie!
And the number one
sign that you are on a bad date is: 1. Two words--pierced eyelids!
First of all, I need to thank all of you for making our Valentines Special
a success by sending in all your shouts. We really owe it to you. Our
Valentines Special continues this week with all your 'special' messages.
Hope we can rekindle the magic of Valentines for everyone out there.
Keep sending in your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org !
Though we're far apart, our true love will someday just attach us with
Superglue :-) jaanu, love ya. Happy Valentine's day Tahsin"
- Bimurto tomake
Dear some things are better unspoken . …. … 143
Lots of lichis…lol…bye
From - Chondrokona
You are my love.
I am really sorry for my behavior and hope you can forgive me. But it
is true that I love you. Without you I can't live or continue my studies.
SHORMI (f&b, RU)!!
On Valentines Day I just wanted to let you know that I love you very
much and always will ...Masud, mgt, RU.
I used to hate V-day, but now that you're in my life I think I'm gonna
love it! Here's wishing you our first ever Valentine's Day...I LOVE
I'm sowwy about what I said... I love you.. I wish I could be there
with you on this valentines…but that ain't going to happen... love you
sweetheart... and sowwy for everything
trying soul and hard to contact you since I heard that you broke your
leg! Hope you
start running again soon and run straight to me at my place. Call me
just as you
read this. I've got lots of yummy gossip. Stomach full, can't wait 2
throw up at
u! See you soon!
I don't know if you still remember Willes' memories; but I just want
to say that I miss you. This is because I love you a lot. I love you
more than anyone, except your parents of course.
Happy 14th Feb......smoking can be quit. USA can be left. Mercedes can
be forgone. Affluence can be left. But to leave you is impossible. My
love for you can't be surpassed by considering any worldly facts.
Bye. Big hugs.
THE HUSBAND OF MRS.SELIM
Yes you read in The Aga Khan School. Uttara. I love you. I loved you
from the first sight of you. You know me. But you don't know that I
I will tell you who I am after some time. You can mail me at this address
I knew I was in love with you when I saw the world in your eyes and
your eyes everywhere in the world. Sweetheart, whenever you draw your
breath, know that I am thinking about you. You have invaded my thoughts,
penetrated my soul, and beautified my life...extravagantly. I LOVE YOU
Thanks for coming in my life and being my Valentine. May Allah bless
you and Inshallah you will do good in your O level and also Inshallah
success will always be on your side. Take care. Love you..RBBS
Lives are for living I live for you
Dreams are for dreaming I dream for you
Hearts are for beating mine beats for you
Angels are for keeping. Can I keep you?
Happy Valentines day!!!!!
LovEyou so much.......
Don't plan to jump over 'The Flame' right in this valentine's day because
you may get burnt. LOL. Happy valentine's day to you and our sweet Bonhy
Your all time boss-shoaib
You know, even you're miles away
from me now, I still love you abnormally.
Happy Valentine's Day, sweetie.
Love ya lotz!
I wish all my friends a very happy Valentines Day! Lots of love for
Moonmoon, Alifa, Peony, Riddhi, Meghla, Tushi, Urmi, Abonty. Enjoy.
Love you guys
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A woman announces
to her friend that she is getting married for the fourth time.
"How wonderful! But I hope you don't mind me asking what happened
to your first husband?"
"He ate poisonous mushrooms and died."
"Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?"
"He ate poisonous mushrooms, too, and died."
"Oh, how terrible! I'm almost afraid to ask you about your third
"He died of a broken neck."
"A broken neck?"
"He wouldn't eat the mushrooms."
February 15 marked
the 36 death anniversary of Shaheed Sgt. Johrul Haque. He was martyred
in 1969, during the Agortola conspiracy, while he was imprisoned at
the Dhaka Cantonment. He was a strong voice in the movement against
the oppression by the Pakistani government.
Three decades later, this brave martyr is remembered through a painting
exhibition for children on February 25, at the Liberation Museum (5,
Segun Bagicha), at 10 am.
On behalf of the family of the late Sgt. Johrul Haque
Night At The Barn
A lawyer and two
friends--a Rabbi, and a Hindu holy man--had car trouble in the countryside
and asked to spend the night with a farmer.
The farmer said, "There might be a problem. You see, I only have
room for two to sleep in the house. So one of you must sleep in the
"No problem," chimed the Rabbi. "My people wandered in
the desert for forty years. I am humble enough to sleep in the barn
for one evening."
With that he departed to the barn, and the others bedded down for the
Moments later a knock was heard at the door; the farmer opened the door.
There stood the Rabbi from the barn. "What's wrong?" asked
the farmer. He replied, "I am grateful to you, but I just can't
sleep in the barn.
There is a pig in the barn, and my faith believes that is an unclean
His Hindu friend agrees to swap places with him. But a few minutes later
the same scene reoccurs. There is a knock on the door. "What's
wrong?" the farmer asks. The Hindu holy man replies, "I, too,
am grateful for your helping us out, but there is a cow in the barn.
In my country cows are considered sacred and I can't sleep on holy ground!"
That left only the lawyer to make the change. He grumbled and complained,
but went out to the barn. Moments later there was another knock on the
farmer's door. Frustrated and tired, the farmer opens the door, and
there stood the pig and the cow.
In a story titled "Coincidence" published in our Jan 13 issue,
the name of the author Tridib Shaha was accidentally dropped. We regret
the inconvenience caused.