Shah Tazrian Ashrafi

March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021

The unfortunate Asians of Uganda

In the 1890s, many South Asians were brought to Uganda by the British Empire for administration and development purposes.

February 26, 2021
February 26, 2021

Encouraging an ethical approach to pet adoption

In 2017, Orni Hasan found a disheveled kitten around Dhanmondi Lake, deciding to keep him. Before the decision, she looked for safe adoption options, but could not find any.

February 23, 2021
February 23, 2021

Lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar launches book, ‘Olpo Kothar Golpo Gaan’

Olpo Kothar Golpo Gaan includes 200 of these iconic songs.

February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021

The heady days of history

I still remember how there was so much commotion around the language issue in East Pakistan right after the 1947 Partition. In 1948, Liaquat Ali Khan brought amendments that sought to make English...

February 18, 2021
February 18, 2021

On the Path to Publishing

Writing a book is a journey. Then, the long and arduous journey to having the book published begins.

February 18, 2021
February 18, 2021

Where folktales meet social commentary

I stumbled across a short story written by Aoko Matsuda called “Quite a Catch” in the Wasafiri literary magazine last month.

February 15, 2021
February 15, 2021

The Liberation War: A reading list

In 1971, the people of the then East Pakistan rose up against their military oppressors, firm on their goal to carve out a separate identity for themselves.

February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021

“Boi Mela-centric love for books poses obstacles for the publishing industry.”

Minar Mansur, the current director of the National Book Centre (Jatiya Grantha Kendro), was born on July 20, 1960 in the Barlia village of Chittagong.

January 7, 2021
January 7, 2021

The Metamorphosis of a Country

The epigraph of The Old Drift (Hogarth Press, 2020), taken from Vigil’s The Aeneid, briefly narrates the story of a diverse civilisation thriving on the banks of Lethe, the river of forgetfulness...

December 31, 2020
December 31, 2020

“What I read in 2020”: Writers Select

We asked some of the prominent writers and academics from Bangladesh about the books they most enjoyed in 2020. Some of them confessed that the year has been too difficult to find much time for...