Absurdism, reality, and Franz Kafka

Kafka’s world is chaotic. His stories, no matter how bizarre their plots, are always ones that we can connect to. 

Rubaiya Murshed’s ‘Nobody’s Children’: UPL publishes book on struggles of street children

 Nobody’s Children is a collection of “ten real stories” of homeless children living without any of the support or privilege we take for granted.

Durian Sukegawa’s ‘Sweet Bean Paste’: On second chances and the plight of leprosy patients

Sweet Bean Paste (2013) by Durian Sukegawa is a tale of friendship and redemption in an unforgiving society.

The Locksmith’s Luck

Azhar was a forty-year-old bachelor and an expert locksmith. He also owned a hardware store. He was generally considered to be a good citizen even though fifteen years ago, he went to prison for stealing jewels. But since then, he has been very careful about not getting caught. The stolen money helped him travel around and enjoy the small luxuries of life.

Budget 2022-23 and the fate of our publishing industry

The protruding question we’re left with is this: is the allocated sum for purchasing even merely enough to support our publishers in this grave time?

The much awaited “The Sandman” series premieres in August

As someone who is a big fan of The Sandman series, I was ecstatic at the announcement, with only a little bit of dread over whether the adaptation will do right by the comic series.

June 13, 2022
June 13, 2022

The story behind “Everyday Stories”

Each of them represented a unique crisis that women in our country are most frequently faced with, and when I had their stories assembled, I knew this was what I was looking for. 

June 11, 2022
June 11, 2022

The Locksmith’s Luck

Azhar was a forty-year-old bachelor and an expert locksmith. He also owned a hardware store. He was generally considered to be a good citizen even though fifteen years ago, he went to prison for stealing jewels. But since then, he has been very careful about not getting caught. The stolen money helped him travel around and enjoy the small luxuries of life.

June 11, 2022
June 11, 2022

The Return of the Repressed

As someone who writes novels, writes about them, and generally works in the medium of prose, I’ve always had an unspeakable envy and admiration for literary forms that take on the moving body of performance.

June 9, 2022
June 9, 2022

Budget 2022-23 and the fate of our publishing industry

The protruding question we’re left with is this: is the allocated sum for purchasing even merely enough to support our publishers in this grave time?

June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022

The much awaited “The Sandman” series premieres in August

As someone who is a big fan of The Sandman series, I was ecstatic at the announcement, with only a little bit of dread over whether the adaptation will do right by the comic series.

June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022

“Sundarer Taane Mongol Shotru”: Not just a passion project

Over the turn of pages, readers will realise how the Sundarbans have become a muse for the author from being just a mere passion project of documenting the lives of the region’s people.

June 6, 2022
June 6, 2022

5 books to read after you’re done binging 'Stranger Things'

These books, full of horror, humour, grisly monsters, and misfit kids, are the perfect remedy to fill the gap in your time until the show returns with more episodes. 

June 4, 2022
June 4, 2022

Ma’s Saree

“The Khans are pretty generous. This year, they have distributed over 1000 pieces of clothes, all new.”

June 4, 2022
June 4, 2022

Waves

Peach seas murmur with the colours of the setting sun. There are no peach trees here — only

June 4, 2022
June 4, 2022

Anis

She was about to throw me along with her old clothes. Only at the last minute, she grabbed me by my nape, and pushed me inside the washing machine.