short story

June 30, 2022
June 30, 2022

A Room in the Corner

Why did she whisper? She isn’t the whispering kind. Nargis can’t remember the last time she heard Rakib Bhai’s wife whisper.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

EVERY TIME IT RAINS

Every time it rains, I am reminded of the story that started but never really had a proper ending.

June 16, 2022
June 16, 2022

The Second Species

A hundred years ago humans welcomed a new species of their kind, Homo debilis-sagax.

June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022

Eurocentric Standards drilled into a Brown Child’s Head

Throughout my not so long life, I’ve always wanted to be called beautiful.

May 8, 2022
May 8, 2022

And I was born

Twenty-eight years ago, on an overcast day, an astrologer, sitting at the porch of our ramshackle house, had predicted that my mother would never give birth to a male child.

May 2, 2022
May 2, 2022

The Sehri Tales prompt is a Rorschach test for participants

If there is one thing that worries me a little, it is that the strong trend for themes of sexual violence that began to appear during lockdown, continues to be favoured by a significant number of our domestic writers.

April 25, 2022
April 25, 2022

Shagufta Sharmeen Tania shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

“My story concerns the lost souls of a metropolis”, the author tells The Daily Star, “those magnificent beasts that cannot find their places in a growing, sprawling cityscape.” 

March 31, 2022
March 31, 2022

The Whole Kahani’s ‘Tongues and Bellies’: A promising literary confection

Tongues and Bellies, published by Linen Press (2021), is described by its blurb as an anthology where “sensual and surprising stories play a tantalising game of hide and seek with lies and truth”.

December 23, 2021
December 23, 2021

Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Christmas Tree and the Wedding": The uglier side of holiday parties

Two years ago, I read Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Christmas Tree and the Wedding”(1848), and even though I don’t celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense,

December 23, 2021
December 23, 2021

Diversity and nuance mark the Bangladeshi experience in Sohana Manzoor's 'Our Many Longings: Contemporary Short Fiction From Bangladesh'

So many words have been used to describe this nation in the last 50 years. Started from a bottomless basket, and along the way we’ve been called resilient, passionate, corrupt, greedy, full of warmth.