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  • A "Philosophical Worldview" in Nature and Life

    Doing 'deep ecology' by any academically trained philosopher might be daunting insofar as it involves the task of conceiving environmental crisis in philosophical terms.

  • Titans at the Early CanLit Boom

    When we are at the verge of the third decade of the twenty-first century, and watching about more than ten thousand books getting published every year in Canada, it seems somewhat unbelievable that during the fifties of the last century the picture of Canadian book publishing world was very poor.

  • Kom Chena Boro Manush: Abdul Quadir

    The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar's army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming tool. "Bengalis killed local ethnics brutally", reads the caption.

  • The Waterless Sea: A Curious History of Mirages

    Mesmerised within “zones of blindness and insight,” the British anthropologist, author and multiple temporalities enthusiast Christopher Pinney has emerged with perhaps the finest homage to evanescence yet written, The Waterless Sea: A Curious History of Mirages.

  • A Reader's Guide to Writers' Britain

    Awakening your wanderlust, in hand is the ultimate travel guidebook to Britain's rich literary heritage. Here, innumerable destinations feature multiple authors, landscapes and legendary characters that transport both the studious and the curious into unforgettable literary trails.

  • Arundhati Roy and Our Reality

    Some days ago, a friend of mine who stays abroad, sent me a gift. Since he is very special to me, I was extra-eager to open the box and find out what it was.

  • The Bones of Grace: Rewriting History

    Tahmima Anam attracted an international readership when her debut novel A Golden Age (2007) won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book in 2008.

  • Poetry

    “How do I make you understand,

  • The Good Muslim: A Post-Liberation War Bangladesh

    “A novel asserts nothing; it provides a framework for thinking about things.” said Martin Amis, a British writer, in an interview with Rachel Cooke published in The Observer of 1 October 2006. Shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and long listed for the 2011 Man Asian Prize

  • The Good Muslim: A Post-Liberation War Bangladesh

    “A novel asserts nothing; it provides a framework for thinking about things.” said Martin Amis, a British writer, in an interview with Rachel Cooke published in The Observer of 1 October 2006.

  • The Ballad of Ayesha: Ayesha and Her Country

    Just like Behula, the people of Bangladesh never stopped persevering …

  • Letters to Namdeo Dhasal: Meditations of a Dalit Mystic

    Over the last decade, India has been experiencing a major geo-political shift with respect to class, caste and communal relationships.

  • UNTITLED

    No, you have no home.

  • BRUSH STROKES OF HISTORY AND A PERSONAL BRUSH

    This is an aberrant situation…well, read on. Alam, in his Itihasher Korcha, quotes the Natore-born eminent historian Sir Jadunath

  • Transatlantic Transitions: Back to Global Future?

    The term 'transatlantic relations' has emerged as a dominant paradigm in the study of relations between Europe and the United States.

  • Islam: A Short History

    History by definition denotes all the events that happened in the past but recorded, as Winston Churchill puts it, by

  • Djinn City: Myth and Mystery in Dhaka's Underbelly

    No need for a movie tonight! Grab yourself a cup of steaming hot chai, turn off all distractions, and get strapped in for the

  • A Tale of Rohingya: A Take on Dislocation and Displacement

    The life of refugee people has always been difficult, and in the current world it has taken on a monstrous form across borders.

  • Through the Eyes of Mrs. Funnybones

    Balancing beautifully between her panache and wit, Twinkle Khanna a.k.a. Mrs. Funnybones shares some insider's information of the

  • THE ETERNAL BARD

    Just the other day I was watching over CNN the celebrated journalist Christianne Amanpour prefacing her interview of the veteran

  • Nirbachito Galpa: A Reflection of Middle-Class Lifestyle

    Abul Hayat is a renowned Bangladeshi actor. Starting with Oedipus in 1969, he has acted in over five hundred plays to date. Not

  • The Best Asian Short Stories: Stories from a Changing Continent

    A son worries whether his mother, who is travelling alone, will be able to haul her luggage down from the conveyor belt. An elderly

  • A Review of The Sunset Club

    'Boorha Binch' is the term used by walkers and wanderers in the historical urban jewel that are the Lodhi Gardens in central New Delhi.

  • The Uprising of 1857

    There is perhaps no event in the long history of the British empire in India that continues to exert so strong and abiding a fascination as the great uprising of 1857.

  • Art Against Genocide: A Testament of Time

    As much as the ongoing Rohingya crisis is being extensively covered by the local and international media, the distinct lack of a serious

  • In an Old Metropolis Once We Lived

    When I put my first step

  • Pestilential Scourge - The Plague

    Published in 1947, the background of Albert Camus' The Plague is that of Oran, a coastal town of colonial Algeria. The author certainly

  • Professor Nurul Islam’s Odyssey

    This book is the story of Professor Nurul Islam, arguably Bangladesh's most famous living economist. The narrative begins with his

  • Once Upon a Night

    Surabala and I went to school together, played husband and wife, being the kids that we were. Whenever I went to their house, her

  • ECLECTIC ESSAYS

    Muhammad Zamir is a prolific writer, notably for the national newspapers of Bangladesh, and writes proficiently in both Bengali and

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