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December 19, 2003

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Good Cover Story

SWM's last week's cover story “Icon of History” by Mustafa Zaman was a good read. It was really interesting to learn the stories behind the construction of some of our national monuments. It was also nice to learn how the artists created those immortal pieces of art. The story was very informative and as I went through it the one thing that struck me was how little I know about our national monuments. It was also sad to learn about the government's negligence to a particular monument--it only shows to which extent our political division can take us. Thanks to SWM and the writer and the photographer for doing an excellent job.


Ahmede Hussain's “Murmurs” was hilarious this week! I spent all Friday afternoon laughing out loud! SWM has, over the years, acquired a dry unobtrusive sense of humour without being condescending or patronising in the least like other magazines as such. This week's magazine was an example of that. Please give us more “Murmurs,” it really makes my Friday more enjoyable!
Hamid Alam


I was very impressed by the cover story written by Naeem Mohaiemen in the December 5 issue. His article was well informed and interesting. I feel a sense of pride when I think that a person originally from Bangladesh is doing such great things and is acclaimed internationally. Akram Khan has taken something culturally relevant to his background and used it to dazzle his audience. Finally the international performing arts world is turning in this direction and realising that we, too have something great to offer them. Thank you to Mohaiemen for covering this phenomenal person and thank you to Akram Khan for putting Bangladesh on the globe.
Saira Anam
Tejkunipara, Tejgaon

Good Article and Point Well Made

Congratulations should go to Mehzabin Ahmed for writing such an insightful and thought-provoking article. It is true that when we go to the United States and other so-called Western countries, we easily cry “prejudice” and “bigotry”, never once realising that we are guilty of the same crimes when we come back to Bangladesh. It is easy to play the victim, but do we ever take ourselves out of our positions for once and try to look at the other side? Since we understand how it feels to be a part of a targeted minority group, how can we continue to act the way we act, and not change our way of life? Change must start at home, within ourselves, before we expect the rest of the world to start changing.
Jasna Husain

Health Page

It is important that Bangalis are more knowledgeable about diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The important issue is that we should do away with the mentality that such topics are taboo and bring them out in the open. It is because we do not think such issues are appropriate to talk about that our country is suffering from a high percentage of people infected with this deadly disease. I hope that people found this week's health page as important and informative as I did. It is best to know about these things than to be ignorant. There are many misconceptions about HIV/AIDS, especially because most people associate it with sex or homosexuality. Please make sure you cover more such issues in the future.
Jamal Khan


Ashfaq Wares Khan's article "Contrast" was a very tongue-in-cheekish depiction of our so-called society. I could not help but chuckle to myself when I read his witty remarks and opinions. His blasé, sarcastic way of wording things adds flavour and spice to the article. I thoroughly enjoyed his view on the “contrast”ing ways of our society and hope to see more of his writings in the future.
Ishtiaque Ahmad

Modern Piracy

Nowadays, there is a flood of pirated CDs and DVDs into the market. I was at Eastern Plaza and it was amazing to see so many copies of the same CDs and DVDs. It is rather sad because even thought everyone is getting the latest movies and music, the people who ultimately suffers are the artists themselves. Since they sometimes get some royalty from the number of albums sold, they are losing out on a large sum of money, which is being distributed to those people who are busy burning and copying the CDs without any legal authorisation. I hope that someday, people will learn the importance of preventing piracy and get some originality back in the society.
Salehin Akbor
East Noyatola, Mokbazar

Education at Stakes

The most important step towards a progressive society is building a stable education system. The future of a nation can be foreseen in the quality of education it gives to its citizens. The appalling thing about Bangladesh is that it neither has plans for a future, nor has it stayed in the traditional path of education. In short, Bangladeshis as a whole simply miss the most important factor of this civilisation. As reader of SWM, I would like to see the writers of this magazine start taking into account the degradation that takes place in the sector of both public education as well as private. While the well off can send their children to coaching centres and take private tuition, the children from the poor hovels are facing a dire situation. I want my favourite magazine to focas on this pressing situation.
Marjuk Russel
South Kamalapur

Bussed without an Effort

The most amazing thing about Dhaka roads is that anything can ply on them. As long as the owners are paying a regular amount to the relevant authority, the eyes of the police as well as that of the pollution-control contingent from the Ministry of environment. Everything that is introduced in Dhaka, either has a mercenary motive of a few people at the helm, or is vexed to the advantage of one quarter or two. A case in point is the catalytic converter, an accessory to the exhaust pipes of cars that may guarantee cleaner emission. With this plan in the pipeline, and many more measures taken to clean the air of the city, we should feel better, but we cannot. As what we witness on a daily basis on the road contradicts the very idea that may bring back our faith in the authorities. There are incidents when a driver gets away with plying the road in a ramshackle minibus by bribing the police. They are stopped on regular basis to elicit the amount that will satisfy the attending police sergeant. There are also events when we witness buses and cars emitting dark smoke and there is no one there to keep them in check. I personally think that it is time to take issue with the minibuses and their conditions. Although the government did issue a notice last year to withdraw the old and defected buses, most of them are still on the road in newly built bodies. In fact, most of the minibuses are in a state of decay and the seats are arranged in such a way that to sit on them calls for a lot contortions on the part of the passengers. I call the attention of the relevant authority as well as that of the journalist, so that these problems would meet a solution.
Bashir Al helal
Soth Badda

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