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At a glance

Jati Gothonkale Ak Orthonitibider Kichchu Kotha
Nurul Islam
The University Press Limited

This happens to be a highly readable book from one who has been closely involved with Bangladesh's economic planning in the country's early stages. Indeed, Islam was one of the leading proponents of economic autonomy for East Pakistan in the 1960s. That background should be good enough for readers to get their hands on the work.
Selected Short Stories of Shahed Ali
Translated, edited by Dilruba Z. Ara
The University Press Limited

The translator, daughter of the writer, has lovingly translated her father's short stories here. Shahed Ali's tales are those that bring nostalgia alive in us and all too often make us aware of the times and traditions that we may have lost already. There are instances of the pastoral in the telling of the tales. It is good translation done here.
Moving Horizons
A collection of essays
Shahidul Alam
Ankur Prakashani

Shahidul Alam takes the reader on a journey through modern sensibilities. In these essays, there is the cosmopolitan that comes through. He speaks of politics and then moves on to conversations on the theatre in London's West End. In effect, the work is a kaleidoscope of human experience, in this case personified by the writer.

This is a tale in line with the tradition set in motion after 1971. And yet there is a difference in that it does not speak of the war as such but of the changes that the war wrought in lives all around. In a number of ways, the reader who was around in the months of the war will have reason to identify with the sentiments at play here.

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