in Cover Story
In your cover story about Qazi Abdul Alim the author wrote
the name of the then Dacca University "Chancellor"
as WA Zenking. As an old DU graduate I would like to point
out that the writer has made two mistakes; the name and
the position are both wrong. He was the Vice-Chancellor
and also his name was not Zenking but Jenkins. I hope you
will check the records accordingly.
S. Faiyazuddin Ahmad
A month ago, a Barn Own was sent to me by someone for treatment.
The Barn Owl unfortunately has not done well. After a month's
recuperation is still to be hand-fed and remains unfit to
be released. An unknown disease has permanently ruined her
feet, the limbs that feed her in the wild. She has to be
hand fed as long as she lives. My home is not a good place
for her since I leave home too frequently. She needs a home
where there is someone to feed her every day (about 100
mg boiled meat once after sunset. I will be very happy if
Enam Ul Haque
Nature enthusiast and
I am extremely amazed going through the unique and rare
feature "Harbingers of the New" written by the
versatile writer Neeman Sobhan published in the Dec.31,
2004 issue of SWM.
During the Christmas holidays mother and son are together
and after the brief discourse between them on different
topics the mother gets completely merged with the very spirit
of hers - her son. She depicts his aesthetic love between
the son and mother with the most befitting words that reflect
the universal bond in a vibrant way! Through the allusion
of Yeats' great words she completes the finishing brush
on the canvas! The very striking point of her presentation
is its stunning beginning line that epitomizes her total
message and the amazingly embellished concluding words that
take the readers to a realm of surprise, wonder and dream!
Rafiqul Islam Rime
I eagerly await every Friday for SWM to come out. I think
that it is one of the best magazines in Bangladesh. I enjoy
every column, namely Chintito, Musings, Jokes, Write to
Mita, and I especially like Newsnotes. As a regular reader
and an avid fan, I would like to make one suggestion. I
find that drug addiction is a major problem in Bangladesh.
We all want to make our society a drug free one. I think
that SWM can help this cause by doing a cover story as an
anti-drug campaign. I would like to thank SWM's staff who
are working hard to improve its magazine and would please
ask them to consider my request.
Md. Toufiqur Rahman
The trend of students going for their higher studies abroad
has become like a "gold rush" in our country these
days. Everyone is on the run for studying abroad. We often
go abroad for better quality education which means better
methods of teaching, better education and facilities such
as good accommodation and scholarships. In our country all
this is very limited so our choices of career and opportunities
are also limited. In nationalised universities there are
frequent session jams due to political reasons and experienced
teachers who are paid low salaries are negligent towards
the students. As a result, students who are usually high
achievers, but from a low-income family background face
a lot of difficulties. In the case of private universities
although the educational facilities are better, the affordability
needed to study there is beyond the reach of most needy
students. There is nothing wrong in studying abroad but
we should not plan to settle there. Instead we should try
to use the quality of education achieved by us for the development
of our country which is possible only by settling in dear
I am pleased to see that SWM is continuing to run its education
column, which is in association with the British Council.
Undoubtedly, this is a really good idea and is doing wonders
to aid SWM's readers to understand and become more fluent
in English. I would like to request the authority of SWM
to keep it up and continue with the British Council without
Stars are still Shining
The cover story in the year-end issue of SWM was on a few
of the "achievers" of 2004. Many newspapers came
out with negative events that took place throughout the
year whereas SWM was different. Every day newspapers come
out with news that fills us with sorrow and anxiety. After
thirty three years of independence, our low profile achievement
as a nation makes us frail before the world. The past years
have been a long drawn history of our failures and uselessness.
However, with all of this negativity, there still remains
hope for us to go ahead. There are some individuals that
are struggling to make a better future for us. All we need
is a push in the right direction. All we want is a little
courage to fight against injustice. SWM has done a great
job in bringing these achievers to our attention.
Firstly I would like to thank Sanyat Sattar for his excellent
work on Books in SWM. However, being a regular reader, I
face a problem while reading this section. Though a splendid
discussion is given about the books, the writer does not
mention where we can find these books. Please take this
matter into consideration the next time you publish the
Letters to the Editor, Dhaka Diary and Write to Mita, with
the writer's name and address, should be within 200 words.
All articles should be within 1,200 words. A cover letter
is not necessary, but every write-up should include the
writer's name, phone number and email address (if any).
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it cannot accept the responsibility of their loss or damage.
SWM does not return unsolicited articles and photos. Response
time for unsolicited write-ups range from three weeks to
two months. All articles submitted are subject to editing
for reasons of space and clarity.
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It is recommended that those submitting work for the first
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