Essays

The ballads of a soap

  How Pocha Shaban revolutionised an industry in Bangladesh back in the 80’s   “Naam e noy, guun e porichoy” – Goes the slogan of one of the most interesting and successful brands in Bangladesh. The slogan, as it stands in English, is Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Literature in the time of capitalism

  Over past few decades there have been vital shifts in the subject matter of literary art on which the writers and artists think themselves at home to reflect their inner tidings. As a matter of fact the change in trends Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Preventing AIDS in Children

  Despite enormous progress, the AIDS epidemic remains one of the major critical issues of our time. The situation is especially dire for children – and for adolescent girls most of all. AIDS is a leading cause of death of adolescents Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Mahbubul Alam: gone to God, but still with us in spirit

  He was a consummate gentleman and a consummate professional who walked tall among the tallest     Some people are born, make their presence felt, and are never forgotten, while others drift through life as if they were invisible   It is difficult for me Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The Pioneer of Pacifism

  For decades, stories of the most courageous pacifist and political leader in South Asia have been told and retold in many a manner. Finally, a quality English translation of Bapu’s original memoirs by his friend and assistant Mahadev Desai, tell Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The song remains the same

  ‘Abaar elo je shondhya/ Shudhu dujone……..’   It gets you every time, doesn’t it? It could just be the most touching, most enduring paean to a Bengali heart’s yearning. How it almost meanders through all the right sensibilities, delicately plucking at the pangs Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Remembering a friend

  Selfless, loving, inspirational: these are some of the words friends use to describe Xulhaz Mannan, a dedicated colleague, loyal friend, and fierce champion of human rights who was brutally murdered in April 2016.  He was not just my colleague; he Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

In Memoriam: Our RKS

  Near and dear ones continue to cry out for justice for Rajshahi University professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, who was hacked to death just over a year ago on April 23. His murder mobilised people against the brutal attacks on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Lucky Akhand – BD band music loses yet another icon

  While music-lovers will rue the absence of recently-departed Lucky Akhand after a long battle with lung cancer, some may find solace in the fact that he will join his equally-talented brother Happy Akhand and other pioneers such as Azam Khan Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The troubadour in his labyrinth

  Over the first weekend of April, almost six months after it was announced, Bob Dylan finally decided to drop in on the Swedish Academy and accept his Nobel Prize in Literature. He happened to be touring in the area, actually Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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