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  • 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

  • what can i give

    What Can I Give?

    Abook in memory of the country s most loved teacher. DrKalam is often remembered as a teacher par excellence, whose words, thoughts

  • The Cosmic Detective: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe

    This slim primer on Cosmology for general public is an Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009, declared by the UN

  • History of Bangladesh By Abul Maal A. Muhith

    Quest for knowing and understanding Bangladesh

    This book traces the history of Bangladesh from ancient times in just over 400 pages. History of Bangladesh: A Subcontinental Civilisation has been written over a period of twenty two years by Abul Maal A. Muhith, a former high civil servant and currently Finance Minister of Bangladesh.

  • The underwater wonders revealed

    The underwater wonders revealed

    It was more than 15O years from now that Captain Nemo travelled across the seven seas in his submarine named Nautilus when no one could think of an underwater ship in his wildest dream.

  • Purple Hibiscus

    Purple Hibiscus

    Purple Hibiscus is set in Nigeria at a time when the country was on a verge of a military takeover.

  • Flash Point

    Flash Point

    An explosive yet poignant account of the lives of those who walk the red carpet and those who photograph them.

  • A Tribute to Indira Gandhi

    Indira Gandhi was one of the most charismatic public figures. She was also probably the most enigmatic and intensely private in her

  • Women Empowerment in Bangladesh of the Forest, Tree & Grassroots

    The issue of emancipating women raises obvious questions: Is there a final point; indeed, is the starting point similar across countries;

  • The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience

    THE idea of Pakistan stands riddled with tensions. Initiated by a small group of select Urdu-speaking Muslims who envisioned a unified

  • Essays on an esoteric subject

    On 2 August 2006, Selig Harrison, a highly-regarded American journalist, wrote an op-ed piece on Bangladesh in The Washington Post

  • The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament

    ON 13 December 2001, the Indian Parliament was attacked by a few heavily armed men. Eleven years later, we still do not know who was

  • Verses of Concealed Agonies

    Poets, authors and playwrights have all along expressed different dimensions of feelings through their literary works. Tales that we

  • Too much happiness

    It's all about happiness

    The trademark of a great writer like Munro is that her words never get old. While I have read many of the short stories of this collection, and immediately recognized many of the titles, and as I kept on reading these many of the characters, names, and plots seemed familiar, I can't say I felt bored or had the urge to skip a line or two as I had done earlier.

  • Once a Saint

    Sometimes the sinner, always a saint!

    ...the book is not just about being the Saint; in fact it's about the life of a man whose entry into adulthood was marked by an adventure which would only be right for someone who would eventually go on to play the slightly unorthodox Simon Templar.

  • Why humans need to communicate

    Two concepts—communications and communication—mistakenly or unknowingly are used interchangeably in the applied filed of communication in Bangladesh.

  • A 'solipsistic' epic…

    This is the third of the six-volume autobiography of the global sensation Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgaard. His magnum opus “My Struggle” has been compared to French novelist Marcel Proust's philosophical musings in “In Search of Lost Time”.

  • Mahabharata viewed in a new perspective

    MAHABHARATA, an ancient Indian epic, literally means 'Great India' and propagates 'eternal truth' for humanity. Of all the epics of the

  • Bangabandhu rejuvenated for children

    Amid a plethora of books on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Husne Ara Shahed's “Amader Priyo Bangabandhu” comes as a praiseworthy venture.

  • Mankind's power to overcome adversities

    The novel “Mysterious Island” by Jules Verne is an adventure fiction which mixes mystery with mankind's power to overcome hostile circumstances. It was first published in 1874 written in a classical narrative form. This is really exhilarating for me to review this book after 150 years of its publication. Certainly, its writer Jules Verne has been successful that people still remember his works with honour which are still alive and unquestionably entertaining.

  • Stroll along a beaten path

    Mahmudul Huque, a Professor of History, Chittagong University, has edited a substantial volume of essays (in his words, a festschrift) written in honour of Professor Alamgir Muhammad Serajuddin, Professor Emeritus of History, Chittagong University, and its former Vice Chancellor.

  • Dark Destinies, Dark Ships

    Thanks to “Literary Encounter,” a programme initiated by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with The Reading Circle...

  • Journalism: Offline Online

    The history of journalism in Bangladesh is largely non-academic as people with different educational backgrounds have come up and joined this exciting profession without any career plan.

  • A glimpse of Indian society

    The very beginning of Aarushi by India based eminent journalist Avirook Sen reminds me of the opening lines of The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing.

  • Talking about mundane things

    Pother Pore is a book of poems about human love and relationship.

  • Celebrating adolescence in enigmatic past

    Even people with little idea about the settings of a cadet college would tell you that life inside it is a cautious catwalk on a shuddering ramp.

  • When river turns red

    The book 'River of my Blood' is divided into ten chapters, each named after the months in Bangla. The story starts in the month...

  • A plea for personal space

    Ever since the Ekushey Boimela this year, friends have been posting excerpts from a book, Nimishei Nishiddho Tumi.