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On "My Weekly Diary"
I enjoyed reading Richa Jha's wonderful feature My Weekly Diary in the December 10 issue of SWM.
The author wonderfully splits the time-period of a night before her "Hysterical" Saturday working day! She appears to be extremely anxious to the point where she has nightmares because of her search to find a topic. She is mortally afraid of the editor lest she should fail to send her write-up to the editor before the deadline!
In her whole journey in search of a topic, she makes a brilliant use of words, digresses from the main track very much befittingly, which makes her story a very interesting and pleasant one! She never ceases to unleash The Hubby in her journey! By bringing out the moral of the story she heightens the essence of the story in a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek way! That is her mastery! At the very first glimpse of her title I was reminded of Nikolai Gogol's classic piece " Diary of a mad Man!" Her choice of the titles is always excellent that befits her mood wonderfully! Congrats on a great article!
Rafiqul Islam Rime
Agrabad, Chittagong

Western Traditions and their consequences
The western media has a direct influence on our young generation. Programmes like Poorman's Bikini Beach and Hot and Wild on AXN and some movies in HBO show explicit images. This explains why it is not uncommon to see two people engaging in public displays of affection in many English medium schools. These types of programmes proroke unruly behaviour and lead to a breakdown in society. Knowing all the effects and consequences it is up to the young generation to choose what is best for them.
A worried teenager
On Email

In Reference
This is in reference to Manifa Osman's article in 17 Dec issue of SWM titled "Patriotic". As an 'A' level student I also have similar questions. English medium schools hardly have any counselling services for the students, to help them find a profession where they can help their motherland with the knowledge and skills they acquire in their educational institutions. As a result, after completing 'A' levels most of us are left with a minimum knowledge on what to do for the development of the country, thus leaving no other options but to go abroad. This is really a very critical matter, because if this brain drain continues, then our future generations (people, who will not be leaving but staying in the country) will have to work much harder than necessary to find an obscure silver lining for our future.
On the other hand it is not fair for us to only blame the educational institutions and the students for this brain drain. The saviours of our land -- the leaders , must also take accountability for this crisis. It is because of the poor state of the country that we all want to go to a better place with more opportunities. Who wants to live in a place which is so infested with crime? In addition to that we have the examples of law enforcers, who are great candidates for the "Bangladeshi Idle" as proposed by Chintito.
The reason students like us are settling abroad is because we have nothing to hold us back here. But if we all want to go to a better place then why did we liberate our land, shedding so much blood, in the first place? Although there are many young people who want to make a difference in the country in pursuit of a better life; there is the question of safety and security. When I take a view of my country's portrait, all I see is corruption, human rights violation and the lack of respect towards humanity. I used to have high ambitions for doing something for my country and I still do, but all these factors seemed to have weakened my ambition and my faith in my country.
Saifur Rahman
5 A K Sen Lane, WARI, DHAKA

A Casual Reader
I am a casual reader of SWM, and I may not be an avid one, but I want to tell you that whenever I take the opportunity to go through the magazine I almost read through the entire issue, from cover to cover. I feel if you keep it up this way, you will win over millions of young hearts, who are your target readers. But I would like to express the opinion, as did some others, that SWM would be an even better magazine if the writers were bold, but remained neutral and unbiased.
A F Rahman,
On e-mail

Don't Drop Mita
I am a regular reader of SWM and would like to make a complaint. Recently I have noticed to my dismay that you have stopped publishing the "Write to Mita" column. This is one of my favourite pages and I'm sure many of your fans will agree with me. In fact I find that this page is one of the best in SWM. In this section the readers can express their feelings as well as get some advice from a professional person. The fact that it is also anonymous also helps because people can get advice without having to say who they are. Please do us the favour of bringing Mita back. It is a very important page.
Raqibul Alam
On Email

The SWM team would like to wish all its readers a Happy New Year! We hope that this coming year brings you joy and prosperity!

Letters to the Editor, Dhaka Diary & Write to Mita with the writer’s name and address, should be within 200 words. Articles should be within 1,200 words. Articles and photos submitted will not be returned. Plagiarised articles will not be accepted. All materials should be sent to: Star Weekend Magazine, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka-1215, Fax: 8125155, or e-mailed to <starweekendmag@gmail.com> Articles may be edited for reasons of space and clarity.


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