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For the Love of Tea

My baby boy snatches my empty tea mug from me and starts licking it. He was given the last few drops of tea from the mug and now he wants more. He puts his hand inside the mug, gets the boiled tea...

Did we need two Booker Prize winners?

After six months of reading 151 books longlisted into 11, narrowed down further to six, the Booker Prize judges on October 14 announced this year’s winner—the “best novel” produced in English in...

Cinematic in scope, characters pulse with life: Dust Under Her Feet

Bangladeshi writing in English has seen an encouraging surge over the last couple of years. In the arena of South Asian literature,

Who Made Frankenstein's Monster? Spoiler Alert: It's You

“I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? Tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me? I will revenge my injuries; if I cannot inspire love, I will...

A novel crisscrossing cultures and time

The Storm is a tale of multiple compelling characters from around the world but all tied back to a crucial time and place in South Asia—a storm based on the real 1970 Bhola cyclone.

The short story

Short stories are in. Or is the short story dead? Is it seeing a resurgence? The genre seems to be in need of constant justification despite established and novice writers alike constantly churning...

January 8, 2022
January 8, 2022

For the Love of Tea

My baby boy snatches my empty tea mug from me and starts licking it. He was given the last few drops of tea from the mug and now he wants more. He puts his hand inside the mug, gets the boiled tea...

October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019

Did we need two Booker Prize winners?

After six months of reading 151 books longlisted into 11, narrowed down further to six, the Booker Prize judges on October 14 announced this year’s winner—the “best novel” produced in English in...

September 20, 2019
September 20, 2019

Cinematic in scope, characters pulse with life: Dust Under Her Feet

Bangladeshi writing in English has seen an encouraging surge over the last couple of years. In the arena of South Asian literature,

September 13, 2019
September 13, 2019

More than a glimpse into a culture

Celestial Bodies is the kind of novel you hesitate to call “historical”. It’s entirely too personal. Recalling the time of his father’s death,

August 30, 2019
August 30, 2019

On loving childhood reads as an adult

I have been recovering from a very long and arduous block in my reading life, a block that could not be broken by the fattest or

August 9, 2019
August 9, 2019

Why Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a movie in prose

The Goldfinch—the written version, Donna Tartt’s third literary triumph—opens upon a Christmas day in a hotel in Amsterdam. The “I” that speaks offers a brief recap of his murky dreams and...

July 26, 2019
July 26, 2019

What do you read on the road?

My copy of Zadie Smith’s Autograph Man is special for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s the only one of my favourite author’s books that I haven’t read in its entirety.

April 19, 2019
April 19, 2019

Stranger to Myself

MD Sharif Uddin's memoir Stranger to Myself: Diary of a Bangladeshi in Singapore was awarded best non-fiction at the Singapore Book Awards in 2018.

February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019

Ekushey Boi Mela - In conversation with 4 young authors

Star Weekend speaks to four young writers about launching their books at this year's Ekushey Boi Mela, about what influences their work, and their thoughts on the state of the literary scene...

January 18, 2019
January 18, 2019

Page to Screen

Literary adaptations on-screen struck big in 2018 with Crazy Rich Asians (book by Kevin Kwan), Mowgli (adapted from The Jungle Book and the nth adaptation so far), The Guernsey Literary and Potato...