Readings

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 […]

Story Books for Children

Story Books for Children

Xtra Desk Golper Jhuri Golper Jhuri or ‘compilation of stories’ is a set of 12 short stories in Bengali. The 40 page story book comes with a colorful cover and hand sketched pictures for all stories which are related to the storylines. These stories for children can be self read or parents can read it to their children. The subjects […]

From corners of the world

From corners of the world

Sadiqur Rahman reviews some of the recent books by Non-Resident Bangladeshi authors currently available at the Ekushey Boi Mela The Ekushey Boi Mela is the only time of the year when a huge number of Bengali books are published and also bought by thousands of book-lovers in the country. The authors, publishers, editors and other professionals related to the publication […]

Pushed by poverty

Sadiqur Rahman reflects on the sufferings faced by some child domestic workers, as a government policy to ensure their protection and welfare is yet to be approved Most Bangladeshis were shocked to hear about the heinous torture of a minor domestic worker named Mahfuza Akhter Happy by national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmine Jahan Nrittya after the victims […]