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  • Three Spring Songs in Translations

    Aha Aji E Boshonte

  • Reminiscence

    Afreen is in the third grade. She is shy, quiet and keeps to herself. Being the shortest one in class, she has to stand in the front of the line everyday at the morning assembly. She often gets bullied by classmates for her below-average height. The fact that she’s extremely skinny too doesn’t help.

  • Baishakh at the Wake of Covid 19

    It all started with someone responding to a Facebook post on Coronavirus—wishing that all the problems would be over before the

  • Shanti, the playboy of satkhira

    Based on a true story (‘...poets, as everybody knows,

  • Love, Love Again…

    Perhaps, the time has come to Love, Love again

  • Nationalism, Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism: Tagore’s Ambiguities and Paradoxes (Part II)

    Like nationalism, Tagore’s perspectives on patriotism are also characterised by certain paradoxes and ambiguities; he was a fervid patriot, yet he openly denounced and deplored the sentiment of patriotism.

  • The Reincarnation Song

    So, I was about to slip under my bedcovers to give my back some rest and close my eyes and savour the moment till I fell asleep.

  • Nationalism, Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism: Tagore’s Ambiguities and Paradoxes (Part I)

    The American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Certainly, Tagore was above this puerile mindset.

  • A Pale Blue Star

    Listening to summer breeze, smelling the raw pages of an old book my mind went wandering into the sea of nonexistent dreams. I drifted there like a lost sailor. And I hunted for a thousand-year old pale blue star.

  • One Ardent Map of Bangladesh*

    Even one individual turns into

  • Oborodh Awake!

    The keepers of law

  • Memories at War

    I often consider war as a quasi-synonym for memory. After all, memory is nothing but our present in constant war with our glorified, vilified, expressed, suppressed, erased, and fragmented selves floating in past space and time.

  • Where to?

    Some weird things happen sometimes. It was just midday when his mother was done with her cooking. She got up from sitting position with her two hands on her knees and went to sit in the yard to relieve rheumatism in the sunlight. On her way, she called out to her second daughter, “Mitu, serve Milu his lunch. I’ll rest awhile.”

  • The Journey Back Home

    During the Pakistan days my father was in the army, and we moved frequently, every few years. Soon after I finished Grade 10 in 1966, we made a big move: from Chittagong to Rawalpindi.

  • Bangabandhu, the 1947 Partition and Healing its Wounds

    In the intellectual evolution of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 played a decisive role.

  • Charlotte Brontë’s Villette: Food for Thought

    Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is widely read as a classic feminist novel. Published in 1953, Villette, however, still resides in a shadowy region.

  • Short-Lived

    Unloved and unnoticed

  • The Phone Call

    Aum impatiently held on to his phone, hearing it ring without being answered. He hated having to start the day without hearing her voice. Then again, he also hated going to bed without talking to her. It was going to be a bad day.

  • Separation: A Soliloquy

    Doesn’t anyone get that my soul cringes for a call?

  • Late Night Love Note to Self

    Things are dark and bleak?

  • Two Poems

    Psychedelic noises – a cacophony so harmonious

  • RUN

    The ruby red kite fluttered above head, contrasted against the aquamarine sky, and it all was picture perfect for a split second, so perfect that it was a spoiler to the fact that something horrible was about to follow, like it did almost always.

  • What Makes Good Writing Good?

    To answer this question, let me hazard an analogy -- good writing is much like good food. Good writing tickles our senses the way good food does.

  • A Great Departure

    They carried the dead body from the front yard inside the house and slowly laid him down on the floor.

  • Arun Kumar Biswas: The Creator of the Detective Alokesh Roy

    Just imagine, a detective character like Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Satyajit Ray’s Prodosh C. Mitra alias Feluda appears in the Bangladesh literary arena.

  • Keats and the Elgin Marbles—Message from Parthenon

    The classic collection of marble sculptures from Parthenon at the British Museum, commonly known as the Elgin Marbles, has been a vexed source of doubt, appreciation, enthusiasm, disapproval, and envy ever since they were brought to England during 1802-1812.

  • Malta: Room to Roam

    Different scenario unfolds at every turn of a corner. Grand in a domestic dimension is the historic house museum - the Palazzo Falson - apparently the second oldest building still standing in the walled city of Mdina.

  • Where’s Home?

    A city made out of dust

  • Verses for My Valentine

    Some stars fell...

  • Malta: Room to Roam (Part I)

    “Room to roam” remains my indelible imprint of this idyllic historical island. A less trodden route.