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Published Date: December 15, 2014
Anisuzzaman's Autobiography: Kaal Nirobodhi and Amar Ekattor

Anisuzzaman's Autobiography: Kaal Nirobodhi and Amar Ekattor

Anisuzzaman. [2003] 2008. Kaal Nirobodhi. Dhaka: Shahitya Prokash. I was lucky enough to wind up in Chicago, the same city—“city of big shoulders” (Sandburg)—where Anisuzzaman, my great teacher and mentor, once lived, lectured and celebrated Thanksgiving at a large, quintessentially American, farm in rural Illinois (Geneseo). He hung out with funny guys like Edward Foy, formed lifelong friendships with such luminaries as Edward C Dimock and Ronald Inden, watched all the Hollywood classics that came his way, met Buddhadeva Bose in Bloomington (Indiana), and endured the torture of translating Sudhindranath's air-tight prose into English at the request of Edward Shils (p.389-90). His home was the historic “International House” (located exactly eight blocks down...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
The 'Baromashi Tapes'

The 'Baromashi Tapes'

Book Title: The Baromashi Tapes Publishers: writers.ink 2011 MOST rural based fictions deal with the social and traditional elements found within the ethnic atmosphere of the land and its people, their life style and related conflict and complexities. The usual plot unweaves a series of events inspired by incidents involving people from different levels and walks of life unraveling beliefs and trends that reflect the  society. The technique  usually used follows a set format that divides the plot into its different areas of activity.  'The Baromashi  Tapes' ( Twelve Monthly)  by Dr. Niaz Zaman, is a novel depicting the traditions and social atmosphere of rural Bengal and sketches images of a poor...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
1971 — A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh

1971 — A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh

By Srinath Raghavan, Permanent Black, Pathok Shomabesh, Shahbag, Taka – 1650 IF an author had spent some 74 pages out of a 358 page book on preparing the list of notes, bibliography and acknowledgements, then he must have done some form of serious research. Yes, Srinath Raghavan has done a commendable task by writing 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh. May not be for the first time, but to understand the emergence of Bangladesh through a wider international context never appeared so cohesive and systematically organised. However, 1971 is a narrative about the most significant geopolitical event of the Indian subcontinent since the partition in 1947. Beginning with a couple of...

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Published Date: December 15, 2014
One book tells it all

One book tells it all

In the words of the author and Harvard educated Princeton Professor Gary J Bass, “This book is about how two of the world’s great democracies—the United States and India—faced up to one of the most terrible humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. The slaughter in what is now Bangladesh stands as one of the cardinal moral challenges of recent history, although today it is far more familiar to South Asians than to Americans. It had a monumental impact on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh—almost a sixth of humanity in 1971. In the dark annals of modern cruelty, it ranks as bloodier than Bosnia and by some accounts in the same...

Published Date: December 15, 2014
On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare:

On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare:

In On Western Terrorism from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare Noam Chomsky, one of the most celebrated authors, linguistic scholars and philosophers of the current world focuses on the manipulation of power and propaganda by the western states. Andre Vltchek, an eminent American journalist born in Russia and the co-author of the book adds a broad spectrum of historic allusions to make the text a substantial one. The knowledge and experiences of both these writers expose a lot of things about global politics that often remain concealed to most of the people worldwide.     The authors expand their vision to behold the chameleonic forms of neoimperial authoritarianism exercised by a handful of countries in...

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