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December 12, 2003

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A dancer's fascinating rise to fame

This week when I saw SWM's cover I was quite intrigued by the unique and interesting composition of the picture. Then I saw the title and was even more mystified. The story itself was excellent and it was fascinating to read about a British Bangladeshi dancer's remarkable achievement. I am a big fan of dance and feel proud to think that a Bangali has made the news for a talent that is not so appreciated in this country. I will certainly look forward to seeing Akram on stage when he comes to Dhaka in January. Thanks SWM for this nice surprise!
Shireen A. Khan


I really enjoyed reading Aly Zaker's article “Ruminating on Sermons. I have been following his writings for the last few months in which he has been writing for SWM. I am very happy that he is a regular contributor for the magazine. I feel that we need more minds like Zaker's in the public spectrum of Bangladesh. His writings give a clear, succinct and down-to-earth perspective on thought-provoking issues.
Tanveer Salauddin

On Eid Issue

I read an article two weeks back on 'Eid at Home' by Srabonti N. Ali. That article has really touched me because I am studying in Chicago and I know too well how the people there feel about other religions, especially to “damn Moslems”. I spent my Eid holidays at home, in Bangladesh, and had really enjoyed myself. It was as Srabonti had so wonderfully put it “simply Eid, back home in Dhaka.”
Mohshen Reza

Internet Version of SWM

SWM has come a long way since it began seven years ago. Being abroad, I always make a point to read the internet version on Fridays. I know that it is impossible to expect a carbon copy of the magazine to be on the web, but I sometimes feel that your stories are not finished, or that there pieces of the articles missing. I realise that this is due to a lack of space but I feel like SWM should pay more attention to and cater to its overseas readers as well as its readers in Bangladesh. We don't ever get the full story, which is sometimes frustrating for us. Is there anything that can be done about that?
Sumaiya Rashid

A Suggestion

The graphics are really improving. Look-wise the SWM is getting better. As a reader, what I miss in my favourite magazine is the news clips both from national and international fronts. I would love to see writers reflecting on things of political importance, but more importantly, it is the cultural milestones that the magazine should give recognition to. The works in the front of the writers, artists and especially in the arena of the singers are often reported in a manner where every artist is brought to the limelight. But there are talents in this field who needs appreciation and critical feedback. I would like SWM do this.
Safi Omar

Islam's Plight

Aliya Khan Munir has written on issues that have been on my mind for a long period of time. Like her, I always question my vision on Islam and other religions. The problem is that West perceives Islam as a religion of terrorists and this is our fault. Islam is a complete code of life that instructs us on everything i.e. peace, justice, good manners and all others which a man has to possess. Since we don't know enough about our religion we cannot follow it and thereby the result is us being labelled as terrorists and fanatics. My ardent request to all Muslims to learn more about Islam by studying the religion more instead of preaching.


I live in Chittagong. The transportation system of Chittagong is hazardous now. A large number of public buses and so called human haulers are plying in the street. The drivers compete with each other to go first and they drive very roughly. The staff behave roughly with the passengers. Sometimes there are quarrel between the passengers and the staffs. The authority should pay attention in this matter to ease people's life slightly.
Serajuddin Haider


Is there no peace to be had in Dhaka at all? I can't stand the horrible traffic. People are rude and drivers seem to think they own the streets. Nobody will ever let anyone else go ahead, car drivers insist on driving in three different lanes because GOD FORBID someone should get ahead of them, truck drivers and bus drivers look like they are going to fall over from their sharp turns and even rickshaw-wallahs and baby taxi drivers have no fear and often drive ahead of a car causing even more chaos than is already there. How can we make traffic etiquette a must in Dhaka?

Arms Haul and Our Indifference
About a year ago a huge cache of arms was recovered in Bogra; bizarrely, in a pond. Funnily, after that discovery both the ruling Four-party Alliance and a hartal-savvy Bangladesh Awami League started blaming each other. The ammunitions have been “accidentally” discovered in Kuril in downtown Dhaka, in a place alarmingly close to several foreign consulates. According to newspaper reports, two Police officers on patrol became suspicious and peeped through a window of that house, and after the gunfight that followed, discovered the ammo. The incident indicates how sloppy and lethargic our intelligence agencies have become. If you keep them busy on the opposition these sorts of lapses are sure to happen.
Mahmudul Islam
On email

The Boy Girl Syndrome
This is in reference to all the MITA letters which say things like “I am a 25-year old-boy in love with a 20-year-old girl.” First of all, when one reaches 25, which is seven years after reaching adulthood, he r she is a man or woman, not a boy or girl. The very fact that such terms are used indicate how immature people are. They call themselves boy or girl and by doing so they think they are teenagers. This is probably why they “fall in love” at the drop of a hat or chase after minors calling it “love.” Obviously men and women in our society are not allowed to interact normally, which give them distorted or exaggerated notions of love and romance. I must say that MITA is a very sensible and tolerant advisor for dealing with many of the inane questions. As for the letter writers, one wishes that these men and women would just “grow up!”


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