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  • Diversities in Diasporas

    Keeping in view the dichotomy of diversity within unity and unity within diversity, the Department of English, Independent University

  • Men, Memories and Missing Pieces

    Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami, ISBN 9780451494, Bond Street Books, 2017

  • A Liberation War Novel for Our Time

    The title of Habib's work is suggest why did our valiant freedom fighters liberate this country? Why did the martyrs go through hell for

  • Writing Dhaka

    You can judge a book by its cover, banal stereotypes notwithstanding. The red lines on the slightly green graph paper, featuring on

  • Excerpts from The Book of Dhaka

    “There is no sound inside the bus now. The thumping in the passengers' chests gets louder in the quiet and the sound throbs inside

  • Adventure, Nostalgia and Puran Dhaka

    Shahriar Kabir, one of the first and finest children's and "Young Adult" authors of Bangladesh, hails from Old Dhaka. Most fictional works

  • A Linguistic Examination of Twelve Stories

    As part of the Library of Bangladesh series, Dhaka Translation Center (DTC) has published a translation of twelve stories written by Hasan Azizul Haq, one of the most prolific writers of contemporary Bengali literature.

  • The Burdens of Translation: Nawab Faizunnesa's Rupjalal

    In 2003, while getting ready for my PhD oral examination on English women writers of the British Raj, I read Sonia Amin's The World of

  • Unique Glimpses: A Portrait of Bangladesh Through Their Eyes

    Until recently not many people were aware of autism or thought about it. The subject was a social taboo. No one talked about it and

  • Tahmima Anam Wins O Henry Award

    Tahmima Anam's short story "Garments" is one of the winners of the O Henry Award this year. She is one of a group 20 writers so

  • One Indian Girl, Many Indian Girls

    Chetan Bhagat's latest creation, One Indian Girl is rather unique when compared with his previous works since it is written from a

  • Blue Venom and Forbidden Incense

    Blue Venom and Forbidden Incense are translations of two novellas, Neel Dongshon and Nishidhho Loban, by the eminent Bangladesh

  • Scientific Outlook in Education for Social Progress

    Literature is full of delicate perceptions that help fill up voids existing in our minds. Its purpose is more than pleasure; it promotes

  • 1971: A New Horizon in History

    “I could hear the incredible voice of Sheikh Muzibur Rahman, 'Make your homes forts. Fight with whatever comes handy. Our struggle will

  • If Only Job Charnock Knew!

    If only Job Charnock was prescient enough to know that some three hundred years after his death a thriller would be written based on

  • Unprincess Manjula Padmanabhan

    Manjula Padmanabhan's Unprincess is as feisty as its back cover suggests it to be. This petit book is a collection of three short stories,

  • Karagarer Rojnamcha: A Jail Diary with a Difference

    Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's entire life bears testimony to his lasting love and passion for Bangladesh and Bengalis.

  • Still Young at Heart and Eloquent

    At 80, which he reached on May 19, Hasnat Abdul Hye can look back, and certainly feel a sense of pride, accomplishment, and joy for a productive life, where he has not only been a leading bureaucrat of the country, but also a prolific author of distinction.

  • Portraits of Bengali Life in a Bygone Era

    Light, heavy, or both? History offers the reader a choice among all three, or a combination of them.

  • Aphorisms of Humayun Azad

    Mohammad Shafiqul Islam's book of translation, Aphorisms of Humayun Azad appears to be almost as pithy and barbed as the famous

  • Islam in Performance: Contemporary Plays from South Asia

    As its title suggests, this is a collection of plays from South Asia which deal with the social and political performance of Islam in the

  • Their Lives Written with Blood

    Published as early as 1978, Rizia Rahman's Rokter Okshor is an acclaimed fictionalization of prostitution in post-Liberation War

  • Weaved through history

    Publisher: Picador Publications Date of Publication: July 2016. Price: 6.99 GBP

  • The Power of Humour

    Fun, pun, humor and satire are what characterize most of Syed Manzoorul Islam's works and his newly published Bichitra Swader Galpa(2017)ceases to be an exception.

  • Our Lifeline

    Professor Anwarul Karim, a noted educationist and researcher, is best known to the people within and outside the country as a very

  • Extreme Food - What to Eat When Your Life Depends on it...

    "There's no getting away from it; i've eaten some pretty extreme things in my time - live tarantulas, raw goat testicles, elephant dung,

  • Times Food Guide Kolkata 2014

    The Times of India Guides are targeted at both Local Residents, and Domestic and International Tourists.

  • Migrant Souls

    Untold Stories of Migrants: Dreams & Realities is a book of immense contemporary relevance. The theme of the book—the experience

  • A tour de force

    The success of a novelist lies in unfolding the complexities and different hues of our lives. Hansdsa Sowvendra Shekhar seems to be

  • Kathmandu

    One of the greatest cities of the Himalaya, Kathmandu, Nepal, is a unique blend of thousand-year-old cultural practices and accelerated urban development. In this book, Thomas Bell recounts his experiences from his many years in the city—exploring in the process the rich history of Kathmandu and its many instances of self-reinvention.