Readings

TOUCHED BY GOD: HOW WE WON THE MEXICO ’86 WORLD CUP

TOUCHED BY GOD: HOW WE WON THE MEXICO ’86 WORLD CUP

By Mehedi Hassan In June 1986 Diego Maradona, considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time, proudly hoisted the ’86 Mexico World Cup in his hands. Now thirty years on from that magical game, and after a life in sports marked by controversy, Maradona tells, for the first time, the untold stories behind that one-of-a-kind World Cup.   […]

All about the connections

All about the connections

by Zarin Rafiuddin Across Oceans: Poems by Sayeeda T Ahmad Published in 2016 by Bengal Lights Books (bengallights.com) What is a connection? Is it only the geographical? Or, are those landmasses also connected to our own bodies and how we view them in relation to a wider sphere of thought? In her debut poetry collection Across Oceans, Sayeeda T Ahmad explores the connections she had with different […]

South Asian emphasis

South Asian emphasis

Xtra Desk Following are two books that has focused on some of the pressing issues in South Asia. Ethnicity and Human Security inBangladesh and Pakistan The book identifies the sources and nature of threats to people belonging to ethnic groups and conceptualises human security in a manner that addresses the inadequacy of the traditional approach. It conducts an analysis on […]

Readings this week

Readings this week

Xtra Desk Reflections on Economy and Governance in Bangladesh   To the social scientists, Bangladesh is an enigma wrapped in paradoxes. She defied conventional prophets of gloom and doom during last three decades by making significant strides in social and economic spheres. Ironically, she is deeply divided politically despite bonds of extraordinary ethnic and linguistic homogeneity. The multiple dimensions of […]

This bird has flown!

This bird has flown!

By Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree As the Beatles’ song ‘Norwegian Wood’ is heard playing through the airplane speakers, nostalgia takes Toru Watanabe, a middle-aged successful businessman, back to his teen days. The song gets him to reminisce the days full of love- one girl stands out from his several love affairs and flings, yet with a presence of pain, melancholia and […]

Riveting insight into a repressive past!

Riveting insight into a repressive past!

by Towheed Feroze Simply fascinating is my assessment of this thoroughly researched book, which should become a must read for sociology students and made mandatory at HSC level. The reason is because this work, the thesis of Dr Bilkis Rahman, opens up the excruciatingly repressive conditions women faced in 19th century Bengal. That women in the past were disenfranchised and […]

Technology for human welfare

Technology for human welfare

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Technology is science in action. Although a discipline can be twisted and misused towards destructive ends for progress, one should not blame the technology for the way it is being used. Many view this as a complex system of foreign origin; however, the author of the book Technology for Human Welfare and other Writings has […]

Thought provoking Non-fictions 

Thought provoking Non-fictions 

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid   Goriber Rabindranth Ahmed Sofa’s research and subsequent write ups on Rabindranath Tagore had continued for more than 31 years. During this time, Sofa analysed, revised and in some cases was skeptical about some of the points in the writings of Tagore. All of Sofa’s writings are yet to be published and the publishing house Modhupok […]

Memoirs and anthologies

Memoirs and anthologies

Sadiqur Rahman Mithun reviews some of the anthologies and memoirs available at this year’s Ekushey Boi Mela  Golpo Ponchashot By Jyotiprakash Dutta Publisher: Anyaprokash Price: BDT 500 In this book, Jyotiprakash Dutta artistically crafts a wide-range of dynamic plots for each story without ignoring any lives. He also reflects on various subjects in nature, sheds light on lives of individuals […]

Books at the boi mela

Books at the boi mela

By Sadiqur Rahman Manobota Birodhi Oporadh Bichar Andolon(1971-2013) By Tapan Palit Publisher: Bangla Academy Price: BDT 800 The ruling party peers for instance may credit the Awami League government for initiating the trial against a number of accused war criminals of the Liberation War in 1971. Tapan Palit, a history teacher at Jagannath University, has revealed that the momentum was […]