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  • Revisiting Banaphool's Stories

    No life can simply be subsumed under a single category- nor is it possible to come up with a single term to define life's fluxes or


    Rada was a lot of hard work interspersed with a good deal of pressure releasers. Talk about the right doses of work and play—RADA

  • Two Poems by Maruful Islam

    The last traces of water evaporate from the beak of the wind

  • Through Time and Tide

    Boats: A Treasure of Bangladesh acts as a paean to the ancient, yet now sadly dying craft of naval carpentry in Bangladesh. Its roots in the region go back far enough for Ibn Battuta...

  • Of Jean Paul Sartre and Imposture

    In October 1964, Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, a French philosopher and novelist, was declared winner of the Nobel Prize for literature for that year.

  • Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim “Other”

    As Bangladesh continues to grapple with the massive influx of Rohingya refugees, an unprecedented spotlight has been shone on the

  • Rediscovering Origin

    These two questions happen to be at the heart of human knowledge and rationality, and the focal point of Dan Brown's ground-


    This book's subtitle, Sketches from my Life gestures helpfully at the book's content for it is about the full and colorful life lived by its

  • Efflorescence of South Asian Sci Fi?

    I have long been a reader of science fiction. Not just for entertainment, but also for insights useful for my research and teaching.

  • Church Bells and Darjeeling Tea

    The title of the book entices the reader. We all love Darjeeling tea, but why 'Church bells?' Zeena Chowdhury's experience of

  • Is It Truth or Dare?

    Those familiar with Nadia Kabir Barb's column Straight Talk in The Daily Star will be pleased with her short fiction debut Truth or Dare.

  • An Impression of Some Turbulent Days

    First published in 1973, Amy Geraldine Stock's Memoirs of Dacca University: 1947-1951, is not just another memoir. The current

  • Partition, 1947—Whodunnit?

    On August 26, 2017, DS brought out a special supplement on the1947 partition of Bengal. It contained fine articles on the subject by

  • Stories from the Edge

    A perfect read for the month of our victory, Stories from the Edge is an anthology of personal and deeply emotional narratives of our


    This is the fourth installment of the six-volume autobiography of Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard and has been translated

  • The Art World is Essentially Male

    In 1666 Margaret Cavendish wrote a science fiction work titled The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World, although it

  • The Vanishing American Adult

    Benjamin Eric Sasse aka Ben Sasse is a freshman Republican Senator from Nebraska. A doctorate in American History from Yale, Sasse was named President of Midwestern University, Freemont Nebraska in 2010.

  • Art and Poetry Makes Singing in Dark Times More Relevant

    The poet may be the priest of the invisible if we are to concur with Wallace Stevens. When art and poetry intersect, the invisible suddenly turns into the visible truth and this visible art is the skein that keeps the freedom of expression


    Anuk Arudpragasam has been announced the winner of the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage at the Dhaka Lit on the 18th November, 2017.


    I wrote this for you, Mamma—for being insufferable on Day 1,

  • Using Fictional Techniques to Write History

    The Last Mughal: the Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple is the most engrossing book that I've read recently.

  • 9/11 Cataclysm and Sustaining Fear

    The other day I was reading Deepa Kumar's Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire while traveling on a bus from Rajshahi to my home

  • Edward W. Said: An Anniversary Tribute

    Edward W. Said (1 November, 1935 - 25 September 2003) – former Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia

  • Poetry with Emily Dickinson

    Recently, the Fifth Amherst Poetry Festival, held in tandem with the Emily Dickinson Museum, had downtown Amherst abuzz with

  • Was Marx Really Right?

    Readers familiar with Terry Eagleton's work would have no doubt from the title of his Why Marx Was Right that it would offer a strong

  • Some Scattered Thoughts on the Russian Revolution

    It seems our era has just stumbled upon its second major crisis—one brought about fascism. The rise of xenophobic racism, religious

  • October (1927): A Historical and Visual Retromania

    Let's imagine some frames from the 80s or 90s - a small group of activists watching a film in their semi-dark Communist party office;

  • Intriguing Statecraft and Enigmatic Politics

    Looked at from a political perspective, Bangladesh will always seem to be a land of democratic upheavals and agitations that has

  • The Forty Rules of Love

    This Turkish author has made her presence felt in the global literary scene with her ten novels over the last two decades. Among her

  • How Cute Button Eyes Are, Really?

    There are "children's" books which will make you travel down memory lane, and then there are "children's" books which will make you