• Abdul Karim's discoveries - Origins of modernity in Bengali literature

    Abdul Karim discovered that there existed also Muslim writers of quality in Bengali literature and, what's more, their quantity also is far from negligible. In diction their works, for instance, those of the 17th century lauraetes Kazi Daulat (1600-1638) or Syed Alaol (1607-1680) are no less 'elevated and dignified,' i.e., Sanskritized in measure than Bharatchandra Ray's (1712-1760) or Madhusudan Datta's (1824-1873) of later fame.

  • Unlocking Dhaka's Gridlock

    It seems a measure of how badly things have gone out of hand that Montu Sardar peddles lemonade beneath a foot bridge, 5 Taka a glass, amid the piercing horns of the line of traffic he is blocking.

  • A Purist's Struggle

    My participation in the Language Movement was not an isolated incident. While I was involved in politics, I studied

  • Sarigaan: Male Domain, Female Paradigm

    With references to dehototto (esoteric knowledge of the human body), symbols and metaphors of the human body are commonly used in Bangla folk songs.

  • Reading Nazrul Islam after Walter Benjamin

    ‘Early in his life, Kazi Nazrul Islam, the most notable Muslim poet of modern Bengal, edited and published a weekly Bengali journal named Dhumketu, the Comet.


    A 14-year-old girl got on the wrong bus on her way to Dinajpur from Dhaka. Upon realising her mistake, she stepped out of the bus, and was looking for another way home, when a police van stopped in front of her.

  • On the Eve of the Emergence of Bangladesh

    Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay (1898-1971) was one of the great modern Bengali novelists. His works depicts his

  • Sultan -- Artist of the land

    Sheikh Mohammed Sultan (better known as SM Sultan) was a type by himself as a painter in the artistic tradition of

  • The Violence Of Greedy Matrimon(e)y

    Just three months after Salma Begum was married off to Khalil, she was set on fire by her husband when his demands for a substantial


    Ask anyone, and they can tell you that you cannot put a price on the Sundarbans. The people who live in and around the Sundarbans,