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Shopping in traffic: Top 5 things to buy at a traffic signal in Dhaka

Being stuck at a traffic signal is not ideal, but it is a great opportunity to check out the various items being sold by street vendors. From refreshing beverages to the latest novels, there is a multitude of items one can buy while sitting in the annoying Dhaka traffic. Here are the top 5 things to buy while stuck in a traffic signal.

June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022

ULAB Literary Salon in discussion with Saad Z. Hossain, author of ‘Cyber Mage’

The English and Humanities Department at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) is organising its second session of ULAB Literary Salon on June 18, 2022, from 5 to 7 pm, at the ULAB Research Building auditorium in their Dhanmondi campus. In discussion this session is the critically acclaimed novel, Cyber Mage, which will also be launched at the event. ‘Cyber Mage’ is a new novel by Saad Z. Hossain, who is amongst some of the most remarkable English fiction writers of modern Bangladesh. He has been published by top imprints in South Asia and the world. His novel, Cyber Mage, is proudly published in Bangladesh by ULAB Press.

June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022

“Sundarer Taane Mongol Shotru”: Not just a passion project

Over the turn of pages, readers will realise how the Sundarbans have become a muse for the author from being just a mere passion project of documenting the lives of the region’s people.

June 6, 2022
June 6, 2022

5 books to read after you’re done binging 'Stranger Things'

These books, full of horror, humour, grisly monsters, and misfit kids, are the perfect remedy to fill the gap in your time until the show returns with more episodes. 

June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022

Salman Rushdie named Companion of Honour for Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List

Indian-born British-American author Salman Rushdie has been named Companion of Honour, an exclusive club of 65 members honoured for their services to the arts, science, medicine, and government. Rushdie is leading the list for his longstanding services to literature.  

June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022

'Untranquil Recollections': Reviewing the memoir of Rehman Sobhan, an incurable optimist

The second volume of Rehman Sobhan’s memoirs, Untranquil Recollections: Political Economy of Nation Building in Post-Liberation Bangladesh (University Press Limited, 2022) deals primarily with the years of 1972 to 1975,

May 30, 2022
May 30, 2022

Why the backlash over the Percy Jackson reboot casting is unnecessary

As a long-time fan of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan, there could be no better news than Disney+ announcing that they will be rebooting the fan-favourite series with a new, talented cast. As expected, everyone was hyped about the reboot and fans started coming out of the woodwork with their years of Greek mythology knowledge. But then, all hell broke loose in the fandom when Riordan announced that 12-year-old Leah Sava Jeffries would be joining the cast as the character of Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Goddess Athena.

May 29, 2022
May 29, 2022

What’s extraordinary about the ordinary?

In Pathak’s book we see instances of how the distinctive ordinary tendencies of everyday life are dipping and are capitalised under different industrial markets.

May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022

Geetanjali Shree's Partition novel 'Tomb of Sand' wins International Booker Prize 2022

Indian writer Geetanjali Shree became the first author from the country to win the International Booker Prize for her Hindi novel set in the aftermath of the 1947 Partition of the Indian subcontinent.

May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022

Marketing pills or monetizing pain? One family’s greed destroys thousands

Empire of Pain is a wondrous achievement of investigative journalism.

May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022

Ira Mukhoty's ‘Song of Draupadi’: An inside story of the Mahābhārata heroines

Their voices were muffled; everything the women said became ventriloquism. Mukhoty lets us hear those voices.