August 2, 2021
August 2, 2021

Why I still love Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ today

Over the years, Dahl’s work in children’s literature has amassed quite the legacy in pop culture, with actor-director Danny DeVito’s silver screen adaptation of Matilda only adding to the novel’s...

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

The Birangona in fiction: ‘1971’ and ‘Talaash’

In this addition to this series, following up on the previous installment’s focus on nonfiction narratives of Birangonas’s lives and experiences, we recall Tarashankar Bandopadhyay’s '1971&...

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

Re-reading ‘The Alchemist’: A book of omens

Before I knew it, I developed a personal relationship with the book. I was glued from beginning till end. I read slowly. Sometimes I read the same section twice. I could not focus on anything else...

July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021

The teenage life of a Bangladeshi-American in Tashie Bhuiyan’s ‘Counting Down with You’

Karina’s experiences are conveyed with compassion, emphasising the real issues of gender inequality in South Asian communities. The fact that parents continue to force their dreams on children...

July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021

The quiet sacrifices of the NHS

Rachel Clarke reminds us of the intensity of the ongoing tragedy in her autobiographical Breathtaking (Little, Brown, 2021), told from the extraordinary perspective of a palliative care doctor.

July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021

Revisiting the lost Jewish communities of Baghdad

Iraq once boasted one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities, encompassing 2,600 years of rich cultural history punctuated with moments of benign tolerance, blatant discrimination, and outright...

July 10, 2021
July 10, 2021

Shaheen Chishti’s debut novel ‘The Grand Daughter Project’

Shaheen Chishti, a descendant of the revered Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, and a London-based writer and women’s rights advocate, has just released his debut novel. The Grand Daughter...

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

Love and feminism in the world of tech

Earlier this week, in a break from work-related correspondence, I sent author Tahmima Anam a personal email. I told her I was writing to her “as a reader” this time, because after months of...

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer on what it means to be Muslim and cool

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer is an Afro Latina Muslim, a hip-hop head, and the originator of the term "Muslim Cool". Through her book, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion,

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

An essential read on knowledge management

The book, Knowledge Management, Governance and Sustainable Development: Lessons and Insights from Developing Countries (Routledge, 2020), edited by M Aslam Alam, Fakrul Alam, and Dilara Begum, is...