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Dear Editor

I run an Indian restaurant and took my friends, including some customers, my accountant and business associates to the British Curry Awards 2009. They were wowed by the glitz and glamour. Some people have a preconceived notion of Bangladesh as a poor country beset with floods, which is incapable of pro- ducing anything world class. This notion was debunked by the British Curry Awards, which was named Oscars of the curry industry by the BBC, something that was echoed in Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech.

But unfortunately some people have lately been trying to join the bandwagon of British Curry Awards international fame. They have no credible criteria and sometimes give awards to their spon- sors. Any dignitaries who are invited feel dismayed by the utter unprofessional- ism. In my view the organisers are harming rather than helping the image of our curry industry as those who attend these award ceremonies get the wrong signals.

But hats off to British Curry Awards. You make Asians and in particular Bangladeshis proud. Keep it up - you have our full support!

Yours sincerely Atiqul Hoque Dear Editor,

I bought a gas cooker from a Bangla- deshi company Sylhet Welding some four or five years ago for my restau- rant. The reason I bought it from there was that a friend of mine suggested them and I thought that word of mouth is stronger than any other form of ad- vertisement.

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The cooker was working all right, but then it started leaking. I contacted Syl- het Welding and requested a service engineer to visit our restaurant but no one turned up. I tried several times but to no avail. I could not wait indefinitely and got it fixed elsewhere.

I have heard that this kind of hand made gas cookers guzzle more gas than the branded ones, but I have no way of knowing this for sure as I have never used any other cooker before.

Yours sincerely,

Abdul Hye Milton Keynes Dear Editor

Your photo feature entitled Moulaviba- zar on Pgs 44-45 of the May/June edi- tion captivated my thoughts and feelings as I visited the picturesque Moulaviba- zar town with my family last winter.

I live in Sylhet town, the capital of Sylhet district. It is the most highly populated town in Sylhet inhabited mostly by families part of which live in the UK and other countries overseas. The popular saying goes that every household in Sylhet has some of its members living abroad. In fact it comes first in Bangla- desh in this kind of reckoning followed by Chittagong and Dhaka. Expatriates overseas have built massive residential buildings and multistoried depart- ment stores in Sylhet town. They have contributed much more towards the development of Sylhet town than the government. But most of the residential houses are empty because their owners and families are living abroad. These houses are inhabited by the caretakers and the owners’ relatives from villages. Being the commercial and governmen- tal hub of Sylhet district Sylhet town


has attracted multi storied department stores and tall residential buildings but without proper planning. The traffic – cars, trucks, buses, and rickshaws - has increased manifold with burgeon- ing population and commercial activi- ties but the roads and lanes haven’t. As a result all day long you can see queues of traffic jams.

Multistoried department stores have sprung up all over. But they lack proper car parking facilities and lifts or eleva- tors. The other day I took my family to one of these. My children felt the need to use the toilet. We could smell the overpowering stench from outside and the inside was literally flooded with pee. My children could not just enter. We had to come out of the store and return home only to find a decent toilet. Are the civic authorities sleeping?

Our visit to Moulavibazar was an idyllic escapade. I could not agree more with the description you have given in your feature. The people and civic authori- ties ought to be proud of their achieve- ment and shame to Sylhet town. Most importantly unless the Sylhet town civic authorities bring about a radical change to the markets, roads and traffic the new generation of British Bangladeshis will not visit their motherland. Slowly but certainly Sylhet town will disappear from the radar of the visitors to this part of the world.

I hope you will publish my concern.

Kind regards Sadik Hussain Oldham, Lancs

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