ESSAY / Sad girl lit and trivialising women’s writing

When I read the title of Charlotte Stroud’s article “The curse of the cool girl novelist” and the accompanying description of said type of novelist, I had a solid image of what she was referring to. Stroud describes “cool girl novelists” as “depressed and alienated”, “incurably downcast”, and “terminally sad”. It had similarities with “sad girl” literature, a supposedly new genre captivating readers and publishers alike.

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BOOK REVIEW: FICTION / Aimless in Morisaki bookshop

My introduction to the Bangla translation of Japanese books happened during my visit to Baatighar Chittagong. It was there that I encountered the Bangla translations of works by one of my favourite Japanese writers, Haruki Murakami, back in 2021. Then last year, I found myself enchanted with the promise of Morisaki Boighorer Dinguli (Abosar Prokashona, 2023); the allure of the black edition of the book boasting ebony pages and stunning artwork had me yearning for the book months before its scheduled release.

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BOOK REVIEW: FICTION / Jhumpa Lahiri’s Italian renovations

Jhumpa Lahiri has always been the rare author whose prowess in the art of the short-story far surpassed her novelistic talents.

3w ago

ESSAY / Ludic space for Tagore’s fictive children

An interesting concern in contemporary children’s literature criticism is the discussion of power. Do the fictive children in children’s books, conceived and delivered by the adult author, have the ability to exercise their will and possess a voice?

POETRY / Soldier amidst the blood moon: An elegy

Crimson blood splattered amongst the ravaged lands


What makes You a boy, me a girl; Me a popper, you an Earl?

BOOK REVIEW: FICTION / Love, loss, and hope in Tehran

Overnight, the saffron summer afternoons and evenings of dreamy stargazing tumble into a tale of grief, guilt, and pain.

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / A multidimensional look at the impacts of Islamophobia around the world

This book is an incredibly informative and well-researched introductory book for understanding the construction of Islamophobia in the West and its impacts on Muslims across the globe.

They raise their fists. Inside, I fall asleep to the sound of rain

The dumpster diver and the plastic smoker raised their fists. I was in the solemn, trapped

Growing up with Mark Twain

On a chilly winter morning of November 2010, I came across a story that would stamp my childhood permanently. It was the winter vacation and the school finals were just over. While playing board games at one of my friend’s, I found quite a picturesque book filled with illustrations and art. It was titled, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

There's a Jo March in every woman

Whether it was in the past or in the present, Jo March instilled herself in every woman. 

Irish author Paul Lynch wins 2023 Booker Prize

Irish author Paul Lynch won the 2023 Booker Prize for fiction on Sunday for his novel "Prophet Song," a dystopian work about an Ireland that descends into tyranny

Nobody writes like Arundhati Roy

When a dear friend recommended The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, it took me one page to grow up. 

Revisiting ‘Chobir Deshe, Kobitar Deshe’

The book captures all the enjoyable experiences of travelling, and the food they ate, and provides descriptions of France's seas.

My scarlet incarnation

Being a woman comes to me naturally If not me, then who? I was never asked to be one I was never asked to cook

The progressive depiction of women in ‘Devdas’

In some ways, Sharatchandra places the blame for Devdas's ensuing sorrow on his lack of courage, made all the more noticeable in comparison to Parbati's courage in breaking social norms despite the dire consequences it could have for her.

Discovering enlightenment and creativity at Dhaka Flow Festival

In addition to the activities, the event offered an array of distinctive stalls for festival goers, featuring sustainable and healthy products rooted in Bangladesh.

The Hermitage Residency: In Conversation with Arif Anwar and Julia Philips

Last week, Daily Star Books interviewed Bangladeshi-Canadian writer Arif Anwar, author of The Storm (2018), and American novelist Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth (2019).

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