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At a glance

Amar Dui Premika Ebong Tiktiki
Rahad Abir
Oitijjhya, Dhaka

Rahad Abir is a young journalist who does not appear to want to let go of his literary inclinations. That is quite natural, for he has been a student of English literature. The lessons learnt in class as also his experience of the national cultural perspective has led him into coming forth with this revealing, rather modern, collection of short stories.
Nakkhatrer Raat
Tarif Rahman
Jyotiprokash, Dhaka

A pretty soothing collection of poetry from one whose job is at a remove from his passions. Tarif Rahman has been a reputed photo-journalist for years. But here comes a work which reveals the inner sentiments that he has so far kept hidden, or so it would appear, for reasons that he does not speak about. But the poetry will touch your soul.
Picturing South Asian Culture in English Textual and Visual Representations Edited by Tasleem Shakur and Karen D' Souza
Open House Press, Liverpool

The work happens to be a going back to subcontinental culture as it has manifested itself in writing in the English language. It is of course a scholarly book, but intriguingly enough it is also capable of holding the attention of general readers. One will come by some good perspectives on what drives society in South Asia.
State of the Rural Manipuris in Bangladesh
Md. Faisal Ahmmed and Lakshmikanta Singh Ethnic
Community Development Organisation

The Manipuris of Bangladesh have been part of the landscape and part of culture for as long as anyone can remember. At a time when modernity and the encroachment of strangers often threaten heritage, this book serves a reminder of what remains of tradition and how things that have been lost might be reclaimed. A thoughtful work, this.

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