Shah Tazrian Ashrafi

February 23, 2021
February 23, 2021

Lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar launches book, ‘Olpo Kothar Golpo Gaan’

Olpo Kothar Golpo Gaan includes 200 of these iconic songs.

February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021

The heady days of history

I still remember how there was so much commotion around the language issue in East Pakistan right after the 1947 Partition. In 1948, Liaquat Ali Khan brought amendments that sought to make English...

February 18, 2021
February 18, 2021

On the Path to Publishing

Writing a book is a journey. Then, the long and arduous journey to having the book published begins.

February 18, 2021
February 18, 2021

Where folktales meet social commentary

I stumbled across a short story written by Aoko Matsuda called “Quite a Catch” in the Wasafiri literary magazine last month.

February 15, 2021
February 15, 2021

The Liberation War: A reading list

In 1971, the people of the then East Pakistan rose up against their military oppressors, firm on their goal to carve out a separate identity for themselves.

February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021

“Boi Mela-centric love for books poses obstacles for the publishing industry.”

Minar Mansur, the current director of the National Book Centre (Jatiya Grantha Kendro), was born on July 20, 1960 in the Barlia village of Chittagong.

January 7, 2021
January 7, 2021

The Metamorphosis of a Country

The epigraph of The Old Drift (Hogarth Press, 2020), taken from Vigil’s The Aeneid, briefly narrates the story of a diverse civilisation thriving on the banks of Lethe, the river of forgetfulness...

December 31, 2020
December 31, 2020

“What I read in 2020”: Writers Select

We asked some of the prominent writers and academics from Bangladesh about the books they most enjoyed in 2020. Some of them confessed that the year has been too difficult to find much time for...

December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020

Repulsive, But For A Reason

The mind of ten-year-old Jas—the narrator of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s 2020 International Booker Prize-winning The Discomfort of Evening (Faber Books,

December 10, 2020
December 10, 2020

An Ethiopian Story of War

The first Italo-Ethiopian War broke out in 1895, as Italian soldiers marched from Italian Eritrea towards Ethiopia. The Battle of Adwa witnessed Ethiopia’s decisive victory in warding off Italian...