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  • The Dhaka Masterpiece Paintings

    My friend Charles Greig is a distinguished British Art historian and scholar. He was born in 1955 of aristocratic British and

  • Huseyn Shaheed SUHRAWARDY: An icon of democracy

    Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, known for his pivotal role in championing democracy in the Indian subcontinent, was born into an

  • Setting a trend

    I was into scientific instruments and my profession helped me to interact with world class scientists in USA, UK,

  • Bismillah of India

    In a delightful paradox, the man who best represented the holy Indian city of Varanasi was Bismillah Khan. Born on March 21,

  • Syed Waliullah Existentialism, Nostalgia, Nationalism

    Syed Waliullah was born on 15 August 1922 at Sholashahar in Chittagong. His father, Syed Ahmadullah, was a government officer whose postings took him to different mofussil towns in Bengal...

  • Songs from the River called Titas

    Titas has covered up the entire Brahmanbaria region like a finely meshed fishing net. The Harinber Turn still reveals the sightlines of the Zaminder Bari on the bank of the river that attracts thousands of people every year. During the monsoon, the long road from Sarail to Nasirnagar through the large haor turns into a source of beauty.

  • Bengal's 'Ocean of Knowledge'

    Compared to Ram Mohan's approach of creating a separate society (Brahmo Samaj) as social reformation to rid society of practices he condemned, Ishwar Chandra had a more inclusive approach. Arguably his greatest achievement was the role he played in the passage of the Widow Remarriage Act.

  • The lost histories of the Bengali Harlem

    Vivek Bald reconstructs the forgotten stories and communities of Bengalis in America from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

  • Shahidullah's sadhana

    “Archimedes once made the remark: give me a farm spot to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world. Archimedes strived for the impossible. But I am making a realistic claim to you: Give me a dozen writers imbued with fresh thoughts and I will move Bangladesh"

  • A dream within a dream

    If you are ready to go forth on a journey in the spirit of adventure, sauntering through the woods and over the hills,

  • When the Santhals rebelled

    The Scottish historian William Wilson Hunter, who was also a member of the Indian Civil Service, in his book Annals of Rural Bengal

  • Mouhamad's journey

    Mouhamad, a 40-year-old dentist and poet, lived in Aleppo, Syria, for many years. In his dental clinic, he offered

  • Jihan's Story, Greece

    Like so many others, 34-year-old Jihan was willing to risk everything in order to escape war-torn Syria and find safety for her family.

  • Saving Our Drowning Humanity

    In the last week of May, at least 1,050 migrants and asylum-seekers died in the Mediterranean Sea, victims of the international


    There are many faces of magic in literature. Prospero's art, Keats's 'charm'd magic casements,' the satirical sylphs in Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock,' Yeats's occultism are some of the faces of magic that we meet in the syllabuses of the English departments. We are comfortable in dealing with magic as a component of fantasy fiction—a long tradition that includes Homer and Apuleius, the Holy Grail, The Faerie Queene. We are happy to see the re-emergence of magic in the works of contemporary author such as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling and others.

  • The Inheritance of Loss

    This is a story of a journey into the past of Tongibari, an important part of the incredible Vikrampur civilisation. Once known as the

  • An awakened village

    It's 8:30 on a cloudy Friday morning and I am having freshly baked cookies with coffee. It feels like home except that I am not.

  • Dhaka University: Can it still lead us?

    Professor Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka, talks to Amitava Kar about how the spirit of Dhaka University remains intact despite many limitations

  • Anwara Bahar Choudhury - Breaking Traditional Shackles

    The Daily Star looks at the life of a great Bengali Muslim educationist who dedicated her whole life for the education and empowerment of women.

  • The World's Bishwa-Kobi

    A little less than a hundred years ago, Bishwa-Kobi Rabindranath Tagore, wrote a poem that he had titled simply “Shakespeare”.

  • The Khapra Ward Day: The Moment and the Movement

    April 24, 1950. It was a sunlit Monday morning. There were 39—according to some, 42—political prisoners in the famous Khapra Ward

  • Once in a blue moon

    The beauty of a full moon shines upon us every month and is ubiquitous in poetry and music. A blue moon,

  • Muktijuddho: Polyphony of the Ocean

    As a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University with a research focus on Bangladesh history, I paid close attention when media reports came out about a draft bill that would punish any distortion of the history of Muktijuddho.

  • Where is home?

    Bangladesh as a nation just observed the forty-fifth anniversary of its glorious independence. While it is time for celebration for most

  • The Burden of Dis/honour

    Reena's parents were shot by the Pakistani army in front of her eyes. She didn't know where her brothers were, or even if they were alive

  • Pawn Power

    Bob Dylan's timeless 1964 song Only a Pawn in Their Game about the assassination of Medgar Evers, the black civil

  • Do political parties support women's political empowerment?

    At first glance, one definitely has to appreciate the current key political positions held by women in Bangladesh: head of the

  • Revisiting Dhaka’s Treasures

    History is about what is written of it, often about the way the rulers wanted it to be written. In 2006, everybody was scrambling to

  • 'I am human'

    Language represents locality, kinship, clan, lineage and other socio cultural aspects of all human societies around the world. And in our

  • The Origins of the Language Movement

    Principal Abul Kashem is an unforgettable entity of the history of the Language Movement. On September 1, 1947, under his leadership,