have been a fan of SWM from its very first issue.
In recent days it has made quite a lot of progress
and is unmatchable! I go through all its write-ups
and articles, but the "Books" segment is
one of my favourites. I really enjoy the wide selection
of book reviews both recent and old. Indeed SWM has
provided me with a lot of information about books
which I have later managed to read and could not possibly
put down even for a minute! SWM has contributed to
enriching my personal library with memorable books.
No other magazine so far has taken this kind of initiative.
I thank Sanyat Sattar and all others, who are behind
in compiling this wonderful page.
cover story on the Banglapedia was very enjoyable.
The article carried much information on the Banglapedia.
I would like to thank all the writers for their excellent
We Bangali or Indian
Bangalis love Indian film songs more than anything
else. I honestly think that Indian film songs are
very good. Not only the music but the lyrics as well.
Most of the people in Bangladesh now watch the Hindi
TV serials on the Indian channels. Everyone has noticed
one thing: on any occasion such as marriage ceremonies,
birthday parties, picnics etc. we play Hindi film
songs. In every CD store, the shopkeepers are always
playing recent Indian movie songs all the time. It
is not fair that we are giving so much consideration
and priority to Indian songs, without giving any credit
to our own Bangla songs. We are copying the Hindi
film music, lyrics and even dances! I am not saying
that we should not listen to Hindi music but why must
we play Hindi songs in our marriage ceremonies or
A Concerned Reader
Grandeur: The Banglapedia
from my cavernous heart to SWM for highlighting as
a cover story on The Banglapedia and its making by
Mr. Mustafa Zaman and Mr. Shamim Ahsan on the 12th
September 2003 issue. Our splendour, the Banglapedia
is the pioneer assignment not only in Bangladesh;
it is the first initiative in whole of South Asia.
It will no doubt fill in the much-felt gap for a standard
reference book on Bangladesh. Unfortunately the Inqilab
group's propaganda tried to find a conspiracy in our
national encyclopedia. Meanwhile, their propaganda
failed. Finally my earnest thanks to the Chief Editor,
veteran historian Professor Sirajul Islam and his
associates for our grand project -- the Banglapedia.
Md. Zillur Rahaman,
is Possible Without a Bribe
went to the National University in Gazipur to cancel
my admission. At first I tried to do it on my own
but I did not get any help from the employers of officers
of NU. I asked an employee about the cancellation
fee and he replied that it would be Tk. 700. When
I asked another employee for confirmation he said
to me “Bhai, be carful there are many brokers in NU.
Come with me.”
I was impressed with this man for being honest with
me. He introduced me to two women employees (telephone
operators) of NU. They wanted my necessary papers
and told me that the job would be done. But when I
gave them my papers they began to say that the job
would be very complicated and that they needed Tk.
1000 to be able to do the job. Without seeing any
other way, I paid them. When they finally finished
the cancellation process I found out that the fee
was only Tk. 150. I humbly appeal to the authorities
concerned to take necessary steps so that the administrative
staff don't cheat students.