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Essay / Rethinking Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, the humanist

Despite his caste-consciousness and critical depiction of the social prejudices of colonial Bengal, he never directly opposed them; in his real life, he was an upholder of traditional Hindu patriarchy and Brahmin-dominated caste society.

Interview / Unravelling Bangali feminism and female rage

Feminism and literature share a profound connection as literature gives voice to the experiences of women, allowing us to understand their perspective. However, despite the abundance of information in the technological age, the promotion of feminist books remains a challenge in Bangladesh, often facing criticism from conservatives.

INTERVIEW / ‘Bangladesh has failed to foster an environment that encourages creative and intellectual freedom’: Badruddin Umar

How writers and their consciousness evolve in a country is largely dependent on that society’s intellectual development, their freedom of expression, and if their intellectual development is encouraged or discouraged.

Tagore’s 'Shesher Kobita': A timeless exploration of love and freedom

There are times I envy Labanya, sometimes I wish I could be as rebellious and as free-spirited as her; other times I feel empathy for her, it makes me believe and accept myself more as an individual

My first foray into fiction with Feluda

Growing up, I never analysed what drew me to the Feluda novels. It is only now that I marvel at how Feluda remained the fiction novel read at leisure by a self-proclaimed Bookworm such as myself for so long in my childhood.

ChatGPT and Writing: A Deadly Combination!

When it comes to writing, ChatGPT is a BIG nothing

A tribute to Akhtaruzzaman Elias on his 80th birthday

Born on 12 February 1943 Akhtaruzzaman Elias was much like a firework.Khoabnama and Chilekothar Sepai, the literateur's two novels, are often mentioned with admiration amongst ardent readers.

ESSAY / Finding myself in Orhan Pamuk books

It is also etched in the corners of multiple pages of the notebook I am writing this draft in. It is on my passport, also on my pajamas. It is the word the world knows me by—my name. Specifically, my last name, Nuri.

ESSAY / Loneliness, and what I gained from a Creative Writing degree

The workshops were the sessions I’d look forward to. Someone actually reading your work, studying it, telling you what you do well, telling you what you can improve on, all phrased constructively (“I like this!” was a banned phrase). If you’re pursuing writing, workshopping—on some level or another—is what you’ll need.

May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury’s body to arrive in Dhaka May 28

The body of prominent writer and columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka under the state management on May 28, 2022.

May 19, 2022
May 19, 2022

Lyricist of “Amar bhaier rokte rangano” Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury no more

Eminent journalist, writer and lyricist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury passed away today.

May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022

Tagore’s idea of nationalism

If you look for a definition of the word ‘nationalism’ on Google, or in an encyclopedia, you will find quite a few.  However, this word, like many such words, is ‘notorious’ in its own way, as no single definition seems to define it thoroughly.

February 27, 2022
February 27, 2022

Sadat Hossain, Amin Al Rashid, Chanakya Barai win IFIC Bank Kali O Kalam ‘Torun Kobi O Lekhok’ Award 2021

IFIC Bank and Kali O Kolom jointly hosted the annual ‘Torun Kobi O Lekhok’ Awards at 7 pm on Saturday, February 26, in an online telecast. The ceremony was aired simultaneously from IFIC and Kali O Kolom’s Facebook pages.

August 28, 2021
August 28, 2021

Submissions for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize to open September 1

The prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize competition returns for its 11th iteration, opening its doors for short story submissions from September 1 to November 1, 2021 (11:59pm in any time zone). 

February 29, 2016
February 29, 2016

She dodged traffickers, can’t break social prejudice

Ayesha Siddika who was kidnapped from Benapole border and sold to flesh traders in Kozhikode, Kerala in May 2015, sheds light on her captive life to protest against the social exclusion and constant insults she has been enduring since her return to Bangladesh in last December.

February 26, 2016
February 26, 2016

Family voices dismay over probe pace

A year has gone by since the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy near Amar Ekushey Book Fair, but police are yet to press charges despite making repeated claims they have identified several people involved.

February 22, 2016
February 22, 2016

Five things to know about Harper Lee

Enrich yourself with five exciting facts about Nelle Harper Lee, the author who defined true grit, and moved readers with her persuasive style of storytelling.

September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015

Barcelona, the jewel in Catalan independence crown

Catalonia may not be a state, but it can count on a small and symbolic red and blue army in the form of European football champions Barcelona.

September 4, 2015
September 4, 2015

Tom Hanks to be honoured by Outfest

Actor Tom Hanks and writer-director Lisa Cholodenko will be honoured by Outfest's Legacy Awards.