Shah Tazrian Ashrafi

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...

November 20, 2020
November 20, 2020

‘Shuggie Bain’ wins the 2020 Booker prize

Shuggie Bain (Grove Press, 2020) is the story of a young boy living in “working-class” Glasgow in the 1980s.

October 22, 2020
October 22, 2020

On Zadie Smith’s Bangladeshi characters

I am not a Bangladeshi immigrant living in a Bangladeshi neighbourhood somewhere in Kilburn, London like Samad Iqbal and his family from White Teeth (Hamish Hamilton, 2000).

September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020

Where to find Booker Prize-shortlisted titles in Dhaka

“It’s interesting to realise there are so many female authors out there; there are so many interesting non-white authors out there, giving us different glimpses of the world,” said Emily Wilson,...

September 12, 2020
September 12, 2020

Kabarsthan

As the mangy fingers of fascism grew out of the copper earth,

August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020

Humanity, freedom, and magic realism in the face of authoritarian powers

On April 1, 1979, after years of tensions between Western and Islamic values, Iran became an Islamic Republic. Theocracy triumphed monarchy and a massive crackdown on “un-Islamic” ways of life...

August 13, 2020
August 13, 2020

The fires of Partition in East Bengal

Three years before Maloy Krishna Dhar’s death, his memoir, Train to India: Memories of Another Bengal (Penguin India, 2009), came out. Born in a sleepy village of Kamalpur in the Bhairab-Mymensingh...

July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020

Season of the Black Leopard

Black. Glossy in the moonlight. Its white whiskers asserting an implicit, involuntary dominance. Its supple body effortlessly sliding up and down the teak trees that are abundant here. A shadow – a...

June 11, 2020
June 11, 2020

Education 101: The New Normal?

Freshman year is when students expect to navigate through the untouched terrains of a new environment and educational system. It is also considered a time when academic pressure is the least....