The book comprises a curated collection of essays written by Professor Fakrul Alam on various occasions for The Daily Star, starting from 1999 until now. Categorized as suggested by the title, the pieces cover Dr. Alam's critical take on a wide range of cultural and historical subjects. The personal section includes musings on Dr. Alam's Nana Bari, his introduction to Rabindra Sangeet through his father, and his memories during the Liberation War, teaching at DU through moments of peace and political upheaval, and a year that he spent in Australia. In the public section, Dr. Alam comments on the early days of the British Council in Bangladesh, the history of Dhaka through Partition, the Language Movement and Liberation, Karl Marx's writings on India, and the life and legacy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Literary section explores Dr. Alam's personal favourites—Edward Said, Jibanananda Das, Razia Khan Amin, Kaiser Haq, and Syed Manzoorul Islam, along with other literary giants—Tagore, Melville, R K Narayan, Gunter Grass, and many others.
Cover by Kazi Akib Bin Asad.
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