Fakrul Alam

Fakrul Alam is a Bangladeshi academic, writer, and translator.

May 1, 2021
May 1, 2021

A. K. Fazlul Huq’s English Prose

In “Gandhi and Nehru: The Uses of English,” an essay written by Sunil Khilnani from the 2010 collection of essays edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, A Concise History of Indian Literature in...

March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021

Bangabandhu’s writerly skills

Soon after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Oshomapto Atmojiboni (Unfinished Memoirs)came out in an English translation as well in the original Bangla in 2012, I heard at least a few people...

January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021

Shashi Tharoor Looks Through A Glass Darkly, For Democracy

This is a must-read book for anyone worried about the vulnerability of democracy in our time and the rise of authoritarian governments everywhere.

January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021

A Bangladeshi Babu Like No Other

Numair Atif Choudhury’s Babu Bangladesh is a tour de force of a novel. Exuberant, extravagant, learned, zany, ingenious, whimsical, irreverent and provocative, this is a work of amazing merit.

August 15, 2020
August 15, 2020

Poetry of Nirmalendu Goon

How Freedom Became Our Own Word

July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020

The road to DU’s opening day

In these pandemic-plagued times, ceremonies commemorating the beginning of the celebrations of the University of Dhaka (or DU) that were to culminate in July 1, 2021 have been scaled down...

May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020

Rest in Peace, Dear Aniusuzzaman Sir

It was probably on a day in the second week of March that I last saw and heard professor Anisuzzaman—our Anisuzzaman sir—speak publicly.

May 9, 2020
May 9, 2020

Friends Forever in a Happening Place!

There were six of us, bosom buddies who had studied together in the same school and college, friends for years—“good” boys. And there were the same number of them, if not more, from the same Dhaka...

April 25, 2020
April 25, 2020

London’s 17th-century plague and our global pandemic

Art has always been both a mirror of and a balm for human experience through disaster. In this short series, an author of Daily Star Books—our book publishing imprint—will periodically explore a...

March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020

Bangabandhu’s Vision of Independence

One of the most striking characteristics evident in The Unfinished Memoirs is how the young Sheikh Mujibur Rahman showed