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Take Another Look, Chintito
Chintito should have looked around Dhaka city roadside shops more seriously before giving his verdict on rating our city ("Would you like to ride on your own ass", SWM, December 24, 2004). I remember seeing one interesting signboard of a tailor-shop on Elephant Road. The name of the shop declared the signboard rather candidly, 'Clad Tailors'. How would Chintito react, if, on entering a tailor-shop, he found the 'master-cutter' and others sitting there unclad?
A Z M Abdul Ali

On Western Traditions
This is in reference to an email published in SWM on December 31, 2004. I completely agree with the writer about the consequences of western traditions on our culture and behaviour. It is true that Western traditions are vastly focused on most of the urban Bangladeshis. Some people feel proud to follow those traditions even though they don't think in depth about their consequences. According to them, life is only for enjoyment! The writer concluded that it was up to the young generations to choose what is best for them. I want to add here that the older generations are also responsible for guiding the younger generation towards the right path of life and teach them about our own culture, tradition, society, norms and values. The younger generations are not experienced so they cannot predict the consequences of Western culture. But the obsession with satellite culture confuses me in terms of who to regard as older and wiser and who not to. Hindi soap operas as well as English movies all influence people in their formation of bizarre relationships and the cultures they follow.
Md.Habibur Rahman
East Bashabo

Long live SWM!
On the New Year 2005, I heartily applaud SWM for its outstanding contribution to the society in terms of continuously giving us relevant news about the outside world as well as our country. In this connection, I highly praise your efforts in trying to establish the truth and focusing on important issues. The SWM team deserves salutes from its readers for their inexhaustible effort in this regard. I, wish you a A Happy Brand-New Year and strongly hope that the SWM team will continue its endeavour with even more vigour in the days to come in the year 2005.
Rafiqul Islam Rime
Agrabad, Chittagong

Best of 2004
I enjoy reading SWM very much. I did not miss a single issue of the magazine in 2004. As the year ends, I would like to remember the writings, which impressed me the most. Actually, there are many such write-ups but I will name those which are hard to forget.
Neeman Sobhan was fantastic throughout the year. But I think her best articles were "A New Day" (Jan. 2) and "A Gentle Animal" (May 28) issue. The first one rejuvenated the mind on new year's eve while the latter one was simply unforgettable. Then comes Nadia Kabir Barb's article titled "Lasting Impressions" (Jan. 16) which depicted the pains of a very young girl in a touching manner. Richa Jha is a writer who reveals the truth through her wit and humour. Among her articles, "In Love and Out of It" (Sept.24) and "Vision-Revision" (Nov. 5) were highly enjoyable. As far as Chintito' s writings are concerned, it is difficult to decide which one is better than the other. But the three best ones were "Change Thy Attitude" (Sept.10),"Papa Don't Preach" (Dec.3), and "Bangladeshi Idle" (Dec.17). Again, "A Chant" written by my favourite writer, Iffat Nawaz in the June 4 issue was extremely touching. The fiction I liked the most was written by Tanvir Manzoor Hussain called "Everything" (March 12). Among foreign writers, Dr. Anabel Jensen's "The Princess with the Glass Heart" (Sept 3) was praiseworthy.
SWM was wonderful throughout the year 2004 and I hope it will continue in this way in 2005. I wish its writers and readers a happy and prosperous new year.
Wajahat Anwar

Why not "Desh Diary"?
When I was not a regular reader of SWM I thought of the magazine as a means to boost my English language skills. But since becoming a regular reader it has become an important part of my daily routine. SWM has excellent sections with everything I want to see. But I also believe it has some responsibilities toward its readers. "Dhaka Diary" is a colourful and attractive page with real life write-ups from readers and interesting anecdotes. Unfortunately, however, the page is Dhaka-based. What about other people around the country? We also want to tell our stories. My suggestion is to rename the page "Desh Diary". I hope the SWM authorities will take this proposal into consideration and will no longer deprive us.
Biddut Khoshnobish

Absolutely Stunning!
I congratulate and heartily thank SWM for bringing out a true picture of Bangladesh through the Photo Feature "Dying Durgapur" captured in still which made me nostalgic. I would like to give special thanks to Khaled Mahfuz Saeed for digging out the hidden treasure (i.e., natural beauty) of our apparently ruined country. This is because, I was really embarrassed when I saw photos of Bangladesh in foreign websites. In one of the photos--I saw many passengers were trying to get up in an over-crowded bus (rather than any scenic beauty of Bangladesh ). This is not the only thing worth photographing. We all should come in front of the world and say that we have many other things to show , besides overpopulation.
Md. Shamiul Haque
Dept. of English,University of Dhaka

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