ESSAY / Where are Bangla literature’s female detectives?

During the mid 20th century, when female wordsmiths somewhat flourished with their newly published works, they were still suppressed under the dominance of male authors.

The scattered legacies of Bengal's Sufis

Sufis have a long history in this region, bringing Bengal into contact with Islamic thought and practice before Bakhtiyar Khalji’s conquest in 1203.

Naeem Mohaiemen discusses ‘Midnight’s Third Child’ at ULAB and Bengal Institute

Naeem Mohaiemen called the book and its selections, which comprise fairly short essays and editorials on contemporary matters, “an argument for somehow recording all that seems ephemeral, so we can then look back and trace what was happening.”

BOOK EXCERPT: NONFICTION / Toward Ladyland: On the life and work of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Her 1903 piece “Alonkar na badge of slavery” marked the start of Rokeya’s explicitly feminist writing.

‘Nil Chhaya’ reconjures ghosts of Bengal’s Indigo Revolution

‘Nil Chhaya' connects the Indigo Revolt to the oppressions faced by present day garment factory workers in Bangladesh.

‘Sisters In The Mirror’ deconstructs the concept of "oppressed Muslim women"

"While the book is based on academic research, I've tried to write it for the 'interested educated reader'".

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / A history of this subcontinent, woven in jute

The book reveals how in mid-19th century colonial East Bengal jute first emerged “as a global commodity”

Hardback edition released of ‘Inherited Memories’, Goethe-Institut and Zubaan Books’ project on the 1947 partition

Zubaan Books has released a hardback edition of Inherited Memories: Third Generation Perspectives on Partition in the East, concerning the still-felt ramifications of the 1947 partition.

46th DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM / Radio, ghazals, and “Islami gaan”: What Nazrul’s shift to music said about his syncretism

The adoption of the ghazal by Nazrul, with renewed fervour in the late ’20s and ’30s, signaled an understanding that his earlier literary and linguistic world was an impermanent one, as was a politics in which the unity of Hindus and Muslims was achieved through an appeal to a shared culture and language.

August 29, 2016
August 29, 2016

West Bengal Assembly passes resolution to change name of state

The West Bengal Legislative Assembly passes a resolution to change the name of the State to ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangal’ in Hindi and ‘Bangla’ in Bengali.

August 21, 2016
August 21, 2016

Bangladeshi descent Margarita Mamun wins gymnastics gold

Bangladeshi descent Russian world number one rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun wins gold in the women's individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics event at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Arena.

June 4, 2016
June 4, 2016

Bangladesh I Love You

37 years ago on February 18, Muhammad Ali, the “greatest heavyweight boxer ever,” came to Bangladesh along with his wife for a five-day visit. During the visit, wherever Ali went, he was greeted wholeheartedly by tens of thousands of fans.

May 27, 2016
May 27, 2016

Mamata takes oath as West Bengal’s chief minister

Mamata Banerjee takes oath today as West Bengal's chief minister for a second term. It's the biggest oath ceremony Bengal has ever seen, reports NDTV.

September 2, 2015
September 2, 2015

Imtiaz Ali spreads positive buzz for Bengali film 'Teenkahon'

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has taken a keen interest in promoting adman Bauddhayan Mukherji's feature debut "Teenkahon".

August 12, 2015
August 12, 2015

Did you know why Alexander did not proceed to conquer ancient Bengal?

At around 300 BC, when Alexander the great came to conquer Bengal—then known as Ganga Rashtra, meaning Nation on the River Ganges, alias Gangaridai—he abandoned the idea of going further considering the military strength of the then ruler.

August 7, 2015
August 7, 2015

Bengal famine: Remembering WW2's forgotten disaster (video)

In 1943, during World War Two, Bengal in British-run India was hit with a severe shortage of food.

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