Star Weekend

Review of Arundhati Roy’s Things that can and cannot be said

After I finished Things that can and cannot be said, I stood in awe of how much power I held in my hands. In this slim volume were the musings, passing insights, and finally, the long-awaited...

Mohammed Hanif and the voices in his head

The Guardian's review of Mohammed Hanif's Red Birds points out how Momo, one of its characters, “complicates our picture of helpless children in refugee camps.”

Anna Burns' Milkman Takes Place Wherever You Are

We read about this girl. That she may have a name doesn't matter. What matters is that she is a'middle-sister', 'middle' as in relative, as in younger sister to someone,...

August 23, 2019
August 23, 2019

Review of Arundhati Roy’s Things that can and cannot be said

After I finished Things that can and cannot be said, I stood in awe of how much power I held in my hands. In this slim volume were the musings, passing insights, and finally, the long-awaited...

November 23, 2018
November 23, 2018

Mohammed Hanif and the voices in his head

The Guardian's review of Mohammed Hanif's Red Birds points out how Momo, one of its characters, “complicates our picture of helpless children in refugee camps.”

November 2, 2018
November 2, 2018

Anna Burns' Milkman Takes Place Wherever You Are

We read about this girl. That she may have a name doesn't matter. What matters is that she is a'middle-sister', 'middle' as in relative, as in younger sister to someone,...

October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018

Contextualising Islam, the social and the political

The issue of Islam in Bangladesh is complex, sensitive and fraught. It has problematised the sense of national identity of Bangladeshis into a schizophrenic duality driven by the tension between...

October 5, 2018
October 5, 2018

Fear and loathing in the White House

"Fear" is an important book not only because it raises serious questions about the American president's basic fitness for office, but also because of who the author is.

July 6, 2018
July 6, 2018

Through the doors

There cannot be a book more for our times than Mohsin Hamid's Exit West which came out last year, at the peak of the European migration “crisis”. Hamid's earlier The Reluctant...

June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018

Resurrection of an emancipator

Ours is a society of cultural amnesia, so it is not surprising that Alamgir Kabir is not a part of our usual reminiscences.

May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Jiboner Bone Bone - A memoir that depicts Bangladesh

Jiboner Bone Bone (In the Forests of Life) is a heartfelt autobiography written by Nuruddin Ahmad (1920-2010), one of the first Bengali-Muslim officials of the Indian Forest Service (IFS). The...

March 16, 2018
March 16, 2018

War, in all its suffering

"Most children have two whole legs and two whole arms but this little six-year-old that Dinesh was carrying had already lost one leg, the right one from the lower thigh down, and was now about...