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  • Proloyullash

    Ring out your notes of triumph! Ring out your notes of triumph!

  • Professor Fakrul Alam: Literature, Life and Translation

    He is surely one of the most loved and respected professors in Bangladesh. Even though he was mostly anchored at the Department of

  • Professor Fakrul Alam: Literature, Life and Translation

    He is surely one of the most loved and respected professors in Bangladesh. Even though he was mostly anchored at the Department of

  • Two Poems

    You taught me language, and my profit on't

  • When I Met Pip

    When I met Pip, he was hanging upside down. It was not by choice though; someone held him by his feet against his will and made

  • Daybreak

    A perfect luminous ball with deep, wide craters and spots, like freckles-

  • Tagore, Gitanjali and the Nobel

    It is perhaps redundant today to analyse the remark quoted above from the Introduction of Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali or Song

  • Mother

    None can fathom

  • The Twenty-Fifth of Baisakh

    The twenty-fifth of the month of Baisakh flows on—

  • O Herald of the New (Hey nutan)

    Let the auspicious hour of birth come around once again.

  • Ghalib Ki Dilli (Part II)

    Some years back, I had read of the restoration of the Ghalib haveli. The premises in 1995 had served as a heater workshop. It opened

  • Dressed Like a Daydream

    The pool was midnight blue, adorned by the reflection of thousands of stars. It blended perfectly well with my deepest, nearly-pitch-

  • Ghalib ki Dilli (Part I)

    I should have been listening to one of the scores of imaginative events on the poetry, life and times of the pre-eminent poet of the

  • My Life with Shakespeare

    When you are asked to write a memoir or something about Shakespeare, you should know that you have reached your expiration date.

  • OF WEDDING GIFTS

    After a month's respite, with the inauspicious Pous being over, the Bengali wedding season has come back with a big vengeance, so to

  • The Endless I

    Within the givens of life

  • Poetry

    You, who are

  • BIDDING ADIEU TO RADA

    The terrible realization was setting in almost all, if not all of us. The dream days of fun and work in equal measure at RADA were

  • Prodigy

    The smell of spicy food was making Sam hungry. After a long wait at the restaurant, the waiter came with the food. He had a mask

  • Tagore Songs

    With him, “no” will never do.

  • Jibanananda Das: Baitarani

    I'm not sure when I rose from the grave of death—

  • Baishakhi Spirit, which art Moving Everywhere

    My phone is bombarded with SMS alerts notifying me of various deals available for Baishakh: the discounts that are offered in various

  • Alpanas: “Dreams under your feet”

    If you ask me, it is not unlikely that alpana and kalpana should sound almost similar, since without kalpana, or creative ingenuity, it is

  • A Brief History of Pahela Baishakh

    Most of us know that the celebrations of Pahela Baishakh began in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. However, we have mostly

  • THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: KUTCH

    Imagine Bengal like this: all the rivers have dried up. Periodically, there are earthquakes. For mile after mile there is only desert scrub:

  • In Search of a Hero

    “If I were a hero …” Arif stopped suddenly.

  • Poetry

    Some days I come knocking at your door

  • EXAMINATION WOES

    With the examination season on, people feel pity for the stressed students burning the midnight oil as well as for their parents who, in

  • Snippets

    Her: Seen yesterday's sunset?

  • Pity

    From behind a counter inside Tasty, her brother Anik's bakery shop, Hridi watches an old Westerner repeatedly tug on the glass door

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