| FOND MEMORIES: Growing up in India some 60 years ago, I have fond memories of going to the movies in Calcutta. It breaks my heart to discover that most of the cinemas like the Globe, Lighthouse and Tiger are now closed. New Empire (picture above) was the place my ballet school put up a wonderful performance every February. - Maureen Haig, Canada
The taxi “gang” in front of South City is a real menace. Many of the drivers keep their meters running and when asked they say a passenger has kept them “on wait”. But as soon as they get someone going to a destination of their choice, they are ready to go.
I feel vulnerable to approach a taxi in front of South City. My plea to the authorities concerned: Please post a permanent traffic constable to ensure this gang does not harass passengers.
The Metro report ‘He said: I’ll take you where I want’, June 28 shows what Calcuttans have to face daily. A few days ago, I tried to take a taxi to my Park Street office from Chetla. The cabbie refused and the way he spoke showed he was not bothered about cops.
Kudos to Metro for highlighting the awful state of SSKM Hospital (All sewn up; reality of state health care, July 13). Unless government hospitals are expanded and an adequate number of doctors and nursing staff recruited, the health care situation in Bengal will remain pathetic.
Incidents like the strip search (Teacher strip-searches girl, July 14) at the Bongaon school are unfortunate. How can a teacher be so inhuman?
These teachers deserve severe punishment so that they never repeat the crimes. Instead of acting as a friend, philosopher and guide to children, they enjoy ridiculing of pupils and themselves as well.
Amrita Mallik, Salt Lake
Apropos the question “Who is to blame for Burrabazar remaining a tinderbox?” July 9, we should understand that it is much easier to prevent a fire than to fight one.
Unfortunately, the administration seems least bothered to ensure that fire prevention measures are enforced strictly in all buildings including those in Burrabazar.
Dhoni the champion
M.S. Dhoni’s tale of triumph in Indian sport is remarkable (Is Dhoni’s the most remarkable triumph of Indian sport?, July 10). Dhoni’s eventful cricketing career entitles him to be encomium.
Dhoni wields his bat with confidence and strength. More importantly, his role as a rescuer in times of crisis has made him what he is today. He is our champion.
P.B. Saha, Salt Lake
Dhoni’s is the most remarkable tale of triumph in current Indian sport. The Metro report talks about his determination to achieve victory and, most importantly, humility after doing so. The fact that he is one of the more successful Indian captains hasn’t changed him much. It shows how great a human being he is.
Eshita Dey Dum Dum
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