I want to thank and praise C.R.Raiyan for such a great write-up
(Mess!). It has been many years since I read something this
good. The story really appealed to my senses. The sad reality
is that these are issues that are prevalent in real life.
I have heard of even worse cases in which these unfortunate
girls end up on their death bed. It's high time we educated
our teenagers on sex-related matters. By ensuring this we
can be assured that they won't make these mistakes. I am
looking forward to reading more write-ups like this in the
I am a regular reader and subscriber of Star Weekend Magazine
and The Daily Star newspaper. I really enjoy it and cannot
imagine a weekend without being able to read it. SWM is
a great magazine on all fronts--the jokes, voicebox and
the Straight Talk column (by Nadia Kabir) are my favourites.
I would really love it if SWM published a column on the
subject of law. Most people are ignorant on this particular
subject. I hope that SWM will consider my request.
Rahman Jewel Barisal
I have gone through the excellent cover story titled "Beyond
Stage Performance" published on April 1st. Hospitality
is a common characteristic found in the indigenous people.
They celebrate their festivals and special days with great
joy. Their way of dressing as well as their language and
culture enrich our country's in every way. But they are
constantly having to fight for their rights. Many of them
have lost their livelihood, their land and their resources.
Unfortunately, they are not properly protected by law.
I would like to thank Shanaz Parveen for such an informative
article. Her article broadened our knowledge about indigenous
Mong Rajshahi University
It was amazing to read the scintillating feature "Beggars
can be Choosers," and a sequel to "The Taming
of the Beggar" by Chintito published in the last issues
author creates a wonderfully dramatic situation where he
is engaged in a discourse with the chameleon-beggar! This
limping beggar turns out to be an intimidating one who only
knows how to grab the donations all himself. He's like the
cunning fox of the fable that, in the guise of the saviour,
relishes all the chickens! He's the representative of the
beggars in that particular area and appears to be highly
philosophical in terms of donations and other concerns related
climax of the drama unfolds when this beggar boldly reports
that he's not afraid of the little donors as he has his
a big donor with him. In fact, this outstanding satirical
piece exposes the bizarre political scenario of the country.
We're as good as the beggars in the story -- we intimidate
others and get intimidated by the donors, as we can't live
without their alms. We're much too concerned about our image
abroad but least bothered about issues inside the country.
We make a mockery of ourselves through our irrelevant deeds
in all aspects of our life.
unique piece reminded me of the great writer Krishan Chandar
and his classic piece "Ami Gadha Bolchi!"
Islam Rime Agrabad, Chittagong
I would like to thank SWM for its cover story about the
Adivasi people of Bangladesh. Our constitution states that
it is a fundamental right for everyone to be seen as equal
before the law and that everyone entitled to be protected
by the law. Therefore minorities should be protected and
should enjoy equal rights. Unfortunately, crimes against
Adivasis often go unpunished. Access to legal aid is very
limited for them. Another significant aspect with regards
to legal aid is that there is no Judge Court in the three
hill districts. Instead there are magistrate courts, which
cannot settle land-related disputes or heinous crimes such
as rape and murder. Thank you, Shahnaz Parveen and SWM,
for a closer look at displacement, land rights and the problems
of living within a marginalised population.
I am a regular reader of SWM. I find that reading this magazine
gives me knowledge and pleasure. For me, every section is
good especially the Cover Stories, Books, Health and Education.
The last is my favourite section in fact because it enhances
my English knowledge thus allowing me to be more fluent
in the language. Because English is an international language
everyone needs to learn it. Otherwise our nation will never
succeed globally and internationally. So thanks SWM, for
the education section.
Thanks to Star Weekened Magazine for its excellent cover
story "Destination Bangladesh", published on March
25, 2005. It is common for our young generation to go abroad
for higher education and not bother to come back to their
motherland after completing their studies. Of course it
is true that there are a lot of gains and even more opportunities
when living in a western country as opposed to living in
Bangladesh. However, that does not necessarily mean that
they should never come back to our motherland. Our development
highly depends on our younger generation. We need the kind
of manpower who will be able to implement their knowledge,
skills and experiences for the development of our country
so that we will be able to meet future challenges. We salute
those Bangladeshis who have chosen to come back so that
they may begin a new career in their home country. We can
do everything if we wish to do so. We don't need this brain
Anwarul Haque Mirpur
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