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  • There is No Pause

    with its fortress of mahals, brimming with Earth’s treasure, gardens and illusions from the eye of the vulture’s flight, past the roadside dhabas, past the colossal statues and solitary temples, dotting the horizon resting comfortably atop Bygone mosques,

  • Unmindful

    I forbade the clouds to sprawl around this flood plain- the clouds unendingly somersault around my windowpane at the beckoning of drooping hillocks though.

  • Neither Tranquil Mandarins nor Yellow Devils

    Many centuries ago, Chinese pilgrims came up the Bay of Bengal on their way to Buddhist sites in the Subcontinent. We have no record of their conversations with the people of Bengal but it was the accurate accounts of early Chinese travellers that enabled archaeologists in the 19th century to rediscover the lost Buddhist sites like that inside a hill at Paharpur.

  • Regeneration

    I couldn’t get to my university hostel. From Petaling Jaya to Pantai Hill Park, KL Central and Mid Valley, changing one bus after the other; no one knew where my hostel was.

  • The Wind’s Only Recourse

    The wind afire

  • Three Songs of Freedom

    Music has the power to delve into the heart of the listeners and create decision affecting moods. During the liberation war, songs became a weapon to influence the mood and morale of the nation.

  • Three, Not Three

    In the farthest end of the horizon across the river by the edge of a forest surrounding the dark hills sat a cottage made of dried palm leaves and rattan sticks in which lived an old woman.

  • An Interview with Saikat Majumdar

    Dr. Saikat Majumdar, a professor of English and Creative Writing at Ashoka University, India, is an acclaimed writer, academic, critic and commentator on current debates.

  • Sudhir Chakravarti, renowned writer on folk culture, dies aged 86

    Eminent researcher of Bangla folk culture and writer Sudhir Chakravarti died in a private hospital in Kolkata. He was 86 years old.

  • Remembering and Rereading Rokeya: Patriarchy, Politics, and Praxis

    December 09 marks both the birth and death anniversaries of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932). The Rokeya Day in Bangladesh also falls on December 09. Indeed,

  • Dream-Catcher

    The two- storeyed house stood lonesome with paddy fields behind it. A big pond lay on the opposite side of the narrow alley. Taltoli is still a quiet neighborhood, yet to be devoured by the urban landscape because of its situation.

  • Revisiting Karl Marx - Yet Again

    When Waqar A Khan, Founder, Bangladesh Forum for Heritage Studies, requested yours truly to take a look at a book written by a nonagenarian academic from the UK named Eric Rahim,

  • The First Session

    It was a mild Fall afternoon. The sky was clear and the sunlight was pouring into a medium sized office with floor length windows at 86 Nutt Road in Phoenixville, PA.

  • Words

    Words are strangers On a hospital bed Fighting for Life.

  • Beyond the Rebel Poet: Nazrul’s Versatility

    A bland, matter-of-fact statement about Kazi Nazrul Islam would be that he is the National Poet of Bangladesh

  • The Story of Stories

    Once an inquisitive reader asked me, “Could you please tell me where do the fiction-writers get so many stories from?”

  • Minefields of Memory

    Ceaseless the struggle to comprehend how Such cataclysmic upheavals, such seismic seizures Altering the landscape of lives, the very topography of trauma

  • Shada Beralera: Nitu and the spectre of a landscape

    Rashida Sultana’s first novel entitled Shada Beralera (White Cats) comes in a slim package of 80 pages and is coloured by a passive discontent.

  • Sourav’s Song

    No need to wonder what you are: Bengal’s brightest, closest star in the night sky - though on the Earth none noticed your auspicious birth.

  • Man is the Measure

    Serve your human guru first With your heart and soul If you feel like fulfilling Your yearnings in this world.

  • The Cosmic Lover

    O Allah, into your endless plays Who could delve— You call out to Allah Being Allah yourself.

  • Fakir Lalon Shah: Subjects, Sites, and Signs

    Fakir Lalon Shah—who orally composed thousands of songs in Bengali —died on October 17, 1890—on Kartik 01, 1297 (the Bengali year).

  • Translation, Culture and Politics

    A discussion of Translation and its theories often remains circumscribed to a discourse arguing about the issues of authenticity.

  • Kissed by the dusk: Eugene O’Neill

    On the 132nd birth anniversary of Eugene O’Neill, the Shakespeare of American Theater, the question is: did he ever die?

  • On Vocabulary in Writing

    Back in the mid-90s when I was majoring in English literature at a public university in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I was a cricket buff. For the Bangladeshis, cricket was a transnational love affair in the 90s.

  • Clipped wings

    I’ve been screaming for so long My aching throat feels raw,

  • Something missing

    Something missing from this dish and that.

  • The spirits of the forest

    The spirits of the forest

  • Reflection

    My mother has a habit of staring intently at reflective surfaces. When alone, she will look directly into mirrors with a vacant look in her eyes.

  • Nazrul beyond Bangla

    Kazi Nazrul Islam needs no introduction to those familiar with Bangla literature. He and his works are, for cogent reasons, less known in other circles.