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  • Boimela Picks: A poet always leaves a mark

    Poet Syed Ali Imam did not compose any poem in the last 53 years. He had lost everything -- the entire collection of 11 years of poetry writing -- during the liberation war of 1971. Suddenly, the occasion of February 21 in 2015 stimulated him to write again.

  • Ten Cities that Made an Empire

    The final embers of the British Empire are dying, but its legacy remains in the lives and structures of the cities which it shaped.

  • Ghost Ship

    Kurt Austin, head of the numa special assignments team, is no stranger to danger, either above or below the waves.

  • A book of unsolved mysteries

    Atrick Modiano, the French language novelist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature,is an enigmatic

  • Delightful deliberations on Dhaka

    Any book or journal on or about Dhaka would immediately draw the attention and interest of people who were born in this 'impossible' city and who continue to live here despite the daily dose of swearing and grumbling.

  • BRAC through insider lenses

    DRIVING Development: A Story of BRAC's Evolution and Effectiveness, Mahabub Hossain, Shib Narayan Kairy, Abdul Bayes, eds., United Press Limited.

  • A girl's struggle against child marriage

    Love in Teary Eyes' is a novel by Shahazada Basunia depicting the love story of Aurnob and adolescent Tripti who revolted against the social taboo of child marriage.

  • A dream-come-true for Torontonian Bengali Literati

    It is not the story of any Scrutiny or of any F R Leavis or L C Knights. It is actually the truth about BLRC Literary Journal, published by Bengali Literary Resource Centre, Canada, hitting the stand.


    It was no one-off that the sword and the pen ran parallel. As a subaltern Sir Winston Churchill hardly twenty three made his maiden venture into the world of literature,” The Story of Malakand Field Force” published in 1897.

  • Contours of passion in poetic expression

    It was undoubtedly a challenging task and, I must say, it has been accomplished properly, by virtue of the tremendous confidence, acumenand ability of the vested quarter.

  • Story of a subcontinent unchanged

    Bollywood has implemented the idea in my mind that the world of Sharatchandra Chattapadhay is one big glittering film set. Dancers swish and swirl on marbled floors, surrounded by music, hookah and intoxicants.

  • An Illuminating Book on Nazrul

    The national poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam was a versatile genius who had left his indelible marks in all branches of Bangla literature and culture.

  • The Mystifying Muslin

    As the title suggests, Saiful Islam's book 'Muslin: Our Story' is a detailed study of a traditional craft. However, it is considerably more than that, as he uses the subject to elicit a much broader cultural history of Bengal.

  • A Political History of Bangladesh

    There is an entirely justifiable lament in Bangladesh regarding the lack of sound scholarly materials on the country, particularly those produced by Bangladeshi academics themselves.

  • A Black Diamond and Shayista Khan

    Ihave always been intrigued by the historical novel. Some of it is composed around real historical figures, events, and locations,

  • Tale of successful individuals and communities

    It has always seemed to me that nonfiction books are not as popular in this part of the world as their fiction counterparts. By this I mean both how nonfiction does not seem to be as visible in bookstores, and also how there does not seem to be that many people writing nonfiction.

  • Mad Genius: A Manifesto for Entrepreneurs

    This is a manifesto about ideas. Big ideas, small ideas, and outlandish ideas. Ideas that innovate, ideas that disrupt markets, and especially ideas that irritate. More than ideas, though, Mad Genius is about how ideas are born and the role they play in entrepreneurial thinking.

  • The Fall of the Ottomans

    The final destruction of the Ottoman Empire - one of the greatest epics of the First World War, from bestselling historian Eugene Rogan

  • A portrayal of different stages of life

    Short stories by Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013, are a veritable delight to read.

  • A study on corporate social responsibility

    To use a hackneyed expression, times change. As has for the world of corporate business practice.

  • When expectations are limitless

    Whenever I lay buried in a fat volume written by a long 'extinct' writer, the great minds of today often ask me, “Why are you reading that?

  • A look at communalism and fundamentalism in society

    He points out quite correctly that communalism and fundamentalism have always been two important facets of social history and have in their own way influenced the evolution of culture and civilization.

  • A Deathless Life: Tagore and the “Daughters of Jorasanko”

    Chakravarti's vision of the pain and beauty of desolation and loss, the wrench of memories and “the sense of a world slipping away” is masterly.

  • Omni Books

    Derelict is fascinating story of Sudhir Sebastian Rosario, a “native” Christian who was born in the village of Kanakpur, Noakhali but who goes to High School in Pahartali, where his father works for the Bengal Assam Railway.

  • Sriti Bisritir Ami

    The author goes on a time travel through the streets and alleys of his mind in search of the golden moments as he went on his journey of life.

  • Essays on Bengal of a Bygone Era

    Essays on Bengal of a Bygone Era

    Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was at the forefront of providing educational opportunities for the Bengalis. He wrote, according to Chandicharan Bandopaddhay, 52 books, of which 30 were in Bangla, 17 in Sanskrit, and 5 in English. He was also in service of the British government. Allegations were rife that he used his position and closeness and influence with the British to push for his own books to be incorporated as school textbooks.

  • Hans Christian Andersen: The Story of His Life and Works

    This book includes some sketches by Hans Christian Andersen and surprisingly, there is an illustration of some dancing dervishes which reminds of a philosophical trajectory marked by the mystic thoughts of Jalal Uddin Rumi, the most famous Persian scholar of all times.

  • Corrigendum

    In an article of Book Reviews page titled “Valiant freedom fighters of the soil” published on September 26, 2016, the word should have read “Melaghor”, instead of “Khelaghor”.

  • A saga of love, sacrifice and the French Revolution

    Atale of Two Cities is one of the greatest novels by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). It tells the story of the French Revolution that had a

  • Valiant freedom fighters of the soil

    Of the few books written in English on the liberation struggle and the war of independence of Bangladesh, some cover either a specific