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What to expect from Harry Potter “Return to Hogwarts”

HBO Max released the trailer of the 20th anniversary special episode.

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A TERRESTRIAL OMNIBUS: When the Mango Tree Blossomed

When the Mango Tree Blossomed is a voluminous compilation of, as the book’s subtitle proclaims, fifty short stories from Bangladesh, edited by Niaz Zaman.

‘Potrika Porbo’ magazine fair underway at Bengal Boi

Bengal Boi is hosting a magazine fair, ‘Potrika Porbo’, at their premises in Dhanmondi until Saturday, December 4.

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The grey area between books and screen adaptations

Reading and viewing stories have become something of a package deal.

Scenes from a Radio-Active Age

As my siblings and I grew up in the first half of the 1960s, the radio set was the most sought-after device in our house. Till Baba bought a television set for us towards the end of the decade, it...

Echoes

I roll and roll and roll, Till I reach my desired goal. The branches grow forth, Till my body aches and is sore. My body turns old.

October 30, 2021
October 30, 2021

ULAB hosts colloquium, “From Kabuliwala to the Fall of Kabul: Afghanistan in Popular Imagination”

The Department of English and Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has organised a two-day International Virtual Colloquium on October 30 and 31 entitled “From ‘Kabuliwala’ to...

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

The Shelf: New in nonfiction this month

Amitav Ghosh traces back to the lineage of nutmegs originating in the Banda Islands to argue how colonisation deeply influences the geopolitics even in the contemporary world, a violent phenomenon...

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

In "Taxi Wallah", Numair Atif Chowdhury takes us, once more, through the cartography of a homeland

The version of Bangladesh we received in Babu Bangladesh (2019) was astonishing.

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

Matthew Salesses demystifies the craft of writing

Storytelling is a space in which, as writers and readers, we experience the ways of how we know the world and interact with it.

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

Tanveer Anoy explores gender roles and identities in his second novel, ‘Duradhay’

Tanveer Anoy’s second novel, Duradhay (Anandam, 2021), felt like a punch to my stomach; a wake up call, to be more precise.

October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021

Is book blogging in Bangladesh a privilege?

You walk into a room and come across stacks and stacks of books neatly arranged on shelves lining the walls, a couple of pristine white bedsheets, an intricate marble backdrop, and the smell of...

October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021

Remembering Shamsur Rahman

Yesterday marked the 93rd birth anniversary of poet, writer, and journalist Shamsur Rahman, widely regarded as a pivotal figure in Bangla literature in the latter part of the 20th century.

October 23, 2021
October 23, 2021

From Shahaduz Zaman’s docufiction Ekjon Komlalebu

Like a reptile emerging from the dust of centuries, Kolkata’s Ballygunge Down tram is snaking its way towards Rashbihari Avenue. Ghon! ghon! chimes its bell, ringing out in the last of the fading...

October 19, 2021
October 19, 2021

Ujan Book Review Contest 2021 announces winners, reviews Korean literature in translation

Participants reviewed Bangla translations of two significant works of Korean literature—Korear Kobita (Korean Poetry) translated by Chhanda Mahbub, and Korear Golpo (Short Stories of Korea), edited...

October 17, 2021
October 17, 2021

Breakthrough: A tale of love and prejudice

Suhail Aziz’s book, Breakthrough (Book Guild, 2020), is a memoir of a British Bengali and his intertwined personal story of love and prejudice. Aziz is best known within the UK Bengali community...