books

September 28, 2022
September 28, 2022

Shaheen Akhtar’s ‘Beloved Rongomala’ (trans. Shabnam Nadiya) in a new edition from Westland Books

Based on an 18th century legend from Bangladesh’s Noakhali region, Beloved Ronglomala tells the story of one Queen Phuleswari, a child bride, and of Rongomala, a woman of legend.

September 28, 2022
September 28, 2022

Shabnam Nadiya, Wasi Ahmed only Bangladeshis among English PEN Presents shortlist

Shabnam Nadiya was selected for The Ice Machine, her translation from the Bangla of Bangladeshi short story writer and novelist Wasi Ahmed’s Borofkol. 

September 26, 2022
September 26, 2022

Hilary Mantel gave richness to historical fiction

She wrote with vitality, a realness that seemed somewhat dangerous on paper. 

September 25, 2022
September 25, 2022

'Bangladesh is divided along cultural fault lines', Professor Mohammad Azam discusses at Gyantaposh Abdur Razzak Foundation

The culture and traditions of the country have been colonised. Thoughts which originate in Kolkata are being accepted in Dhaka’s society without due consideration. 

September 24, 2022
September 24, 2022

Books to read about the oppression of women in Iran

To understand the socio-political context and the country’s present state of affairs—one which gave birth to such daring dissenters—it is important to read books and stories which unveil the experience of individuals chained by Iran’s despots. 

September 23, 2022
September 23, 2022

Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall trilogy, no more

Hilary Mantel, British author of the Tudor series of books known as the Wolf Hall trilogy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 22, Reuters reports. The twice Booker Prize-winning author was 70. 

September 23, 2022
September 23, 2022

Connecting generations through stories

Some of my most fervent memories from my chaotically loving childhood is of my Nanuji gathering all of us cousins, big bowl of rice and curry in hand ready to be prepped into balls and stuffed into our ravenous mouths, while reading Sukumar Ray’s 'Hajabarala' and 'Abol Tabol'.

September 22, 2022
September 22, 2022

Race and unease in Mohsin Hamid’s ‘The Last White Man’

In The Last White Man, Hamid uses an anodyne, clinical voice to set an atmosphere of unease of a white society panicking within, as a wave of darkness intrudes their skin, turning them impure, perhaps wild.

September 22, 2022
September 22, 2022
September 16, 2022
September 16, 2022

A new reader’s guide to Agatha Christie’s world of crime

Published in 1920, this was Christie’s debut novel that introduced readers to her unconventional detective, Poirot.