Remembering a Great Novelist
November 13, 2016 was Humayun Ahmed's 68th birthday. He was the most famous novelist of our country. On the other hand, he was also a successful filmmaker. Many popular TV serials and films have been made based on his novels. His great contribution to Bengali literature makes us proud and his writings are great inspiration for emerging writers. On his birthday, I would like to express my gratitude to him. Still he is the most popular author in Bangladesh even after his death. We really miss him a lot. His death was a great loss for Bengali literature. We should conduct thorough research on his writings. I pray and hope that Allah showers His blessings upon his family, and may his soul may rest in eternal peace.
Curing the Fear of English
The article titled “Curing the Fear of English” published in Star Weekend on November 11, 2016 helps me find the answer to my question, “Why did I have to struggle in my first year of university? And the answer is I was afriad of communicating in English. I learnt communicative English in my university, which I needed to learn at the SSC or HSC level. The way of learning any language should be communicative so that students can achieve all the basic skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing at the same time. I congratulate the initiative of IER,DU, English in Action and Open University, UK for finding out the reasons behind Bangladeshi students' poor performance in English and for launching a communicative learning approach. If this initiative achieves its goal then after several years we will be able to be more efficient people and will be able to compete in this fast paced world. And, I am optimistic that this initiative will abate the fear of learning English.
Save the Rohingyas
The Rohingyas, a minority Muslim community of Myanmar, has been facing persecution in the country's Rakhine state for decades by the state machinery. The article titled “Save the Rohingyas: Why and How to Move Forward” published in Star Weekend on 25th November, 2016 explained it well that why and how all the Muslims in Myanmar, especially this minority community who live along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, have been persecuted systematically. Women and children are the worst victims of this genocide. Under this circumstance, UN and powerful nations must exert pressure on Myanmar government to establish peace and normalcy in the Rakhine state and recognise its native Rohingyas as their citizens. If a resolution on this issue can be passed in the Security Council, Myanmar government will be forced to retreat from its genocidal activity against the helpless Rohingyas.