Sarah Anjum Bari

Sarah Anjum Bari is Editor of Daily Star Books. Reach her at sarah.anjum.bari@gmail.com and @wordsinteal on Twitter and Instagram.

July 23, 2021
July 23, 2021

‘There’s something very old school and romantic about books. They are such a special part of my life.’ - Kishwar Chowdhury

At every step of her journey in the MasterChef kitchen—from her fried sardines with beetroot and blood orange to a date-nestled, ice cream infused paan and panta bhaat with aloo bhorta—Kishwar Chowdhury has talked about writing a cookbook for Bangladeshi recipes as her ultimate dream. In this episode of Star Book Talk, Daily Star Books editor Sarah Anjum Bari talks about food, books, and cookbooks with Kishwar Chowdhury.

July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021

Star Book Talk: What's Kishwar Cooking Up?

From watching the judges taste her fried sardines with beetroot and blood orange to witnessing the triumph of a a date-nestled, ice cream infused paan and panta bhaat with aloo bhorta, the journey of Bangladeshi-Australian Chef Kishwar Chowdhury has been one of pride and inspiration to everyone watching.

July 11, 2021
July 11, 2021

“I want to give the message that we are a very diverse tribe” - Tahmima Anam

In an episode of Star Book Talk aired live on Friday, July 9, author-anthropologist Tahmima Anam and DS Books Editor Sarah Anjum Bari discussed Anam’s latest novel, The Startup Wife (Penguin India, 2021). They discuss writing tactics, feminism in literature, and Anam’s influences on the path to becoming an award-winning author.

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

Love and feminism in the world of tech

Earlier this week, in a break from work-related correspondence, I sent author Tahmima Anam a personal email. I told her I was writing to her “as a reader” this time, because after months of scarfing down books for the sole purpose of writing reviews, The Startup Wife (Penguin India, 2021) made me forget that I was reading it for work.

June 24, 2021
June 24, 2021

Colm Tóibín takes Henry James for a ride

In a detour from all the genres and topics that we review on this page, this monthly column on short stories is a little treat to ourselves—a short and delicious reminder of what the simple act of storytelling can accomplish.

June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021

Today we are 1

It was during the peak of the coronavirus crisis, amidst the punishing heat of June, that we geared up to launch Daily Star Books on this very day in 2020.

May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021

Friends Reunion: 17 years later, still beautiful and imperfect

Nostalgia, yes, but also a degree of ambivalence.

May 27, 2021
May 27, 2021

'Murder at the Mushaira': A poet, a murder mystery, and a vivid portrait of 1857 India

In 1857, a wave of uprisings sparked through India in a bid to overthrow the British rulers. The Sepoy Mutiny was the first time Indian soldiers rose against the British East India Company in the face of corruption and unjust social reforms—including ruthless land taxes that unfairly penalised the working class.

May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021

Life and literature in footnotes

“Kichudin jabot Dhakay cholchhe prochur gorom, abar eki shathe shaolar gondho chorano brishti hochhe.” The incessant heat and rainfall, the month of May, the lull of Eid holidays and the call of books, films, and music are just some of the elements that make Apurba Jahangir’s Footnotes (Subarna, 2021) a fitting read for this time of the year.

March 25, 2021
March 25, 2021

Battle cries and sound waves

“Muktishongram-e ami jog diyechhilam bishuddho ekjon biplobi hishebe”.