The Football Factor(y)!!!

The Champions League is just over. The season ends with an English dominance after almost a few decades. At last, football comes back home. But is that all for the football fans? The country remains always divided. Divided by the cities, football, the clubs, races and so on. The ‘Together for England’ tag only works... Continue Reading →

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The Law of Blood —Richard Matheson’s I am Legend

Under the garb of the vampire or the witch or the unimaginable monster, gothic dystopias reshuffle our understanding of who we are; the monster without seems to manifest the monster within. Diganta Ray inscribes his take on one of the more popular vampire fictions...  In primitive cultures as well as in religious rituals, the blood... Continue Reading →

Escapades into Truth: Reading Nonfiction

The territory of nonfiction is a strange one--  hard to gauge, harder to pick and choose from, and hardest perhaps to make justice to when it comes to feature posts like these. But fortune favours the brave, and we, at SPREAD consider ourselves extremely fortunate that we were brave enough to convince Indradeep Bhattacharya to... Continue Reading →

হুব্‌হু সব মেলে না!

লেখা যখন শবদেহের জীবনরেখার মতো এক অসঙ্গত সমান্তরাল উপত্যকায় পাঠককে ঠেলে দেয়, সে লেখার ভূমিকা করা এ সম্পাদকের কম্ম নয়। তবু ভূমিকার নাম দিকনির্দেশ। তাই বলি, এ লেখা পাঠকের চোখে চোখ রেখে ধৃষ্টতা করে, তার মনের ঔদাসীন্যকে উস্কে দেয়, তাকে ভুলিয়ে-ভালিয়ে নিয়ে যায় খাদের ধারে... কলমে ধার দিয়েছেন সুপ্রিয় মিত্র। দুঃখ একসময় নিয়ম হয়ে দাঁড়ালে,... Continue Reading →

Why ‘Summertime’ Will Push You to Write Again

Ordinary yet challenging, these two adjectives are sometimes repetitively associated with Coetzee's works. Sudip Bhattacharyya thinks he can justify that the nobel laureate's artistic balance between these two, can be a trigger for freelancers and amateur writers - "A book should be an axe to chop open the frozen sea inside us". Ordinary like a rusty axe... Continue Reading →

বাংলায় আত্মজীবনীর অভাব নেই, সে সেই সুপ্রাচীন রাসসুন্দরী দাসীর লেখা “আমার জীবন” থেকে নিতান্ত অর্বাচীন “রূপম: অন দ্য রকস্” অবধি আত্মজীবনীর প্রাচুর্য্য ও বিভিন্নতা কিছু কম নয় । তপন রায়চৌধুরীর “বাঙালনামা” পড়লে যেরকম মোটেই মনে হয়না যে কোনও পন্ডিত, কৃতবিদ্য ইতিহাসকারের লেখা, তেমনই মনোজ মিত্রের “যখন যা মনে পড়ে” যদি পড়েন, তবে আপনি সেখানে মোটেও... Continue Reading →

Tharoor’s Threat to the INGLORIOUS EMPIRE

Who would have thought that the Empire will write back and that too, so vigorously? Shashi Tharoor's indomitable academic spirit has countered the vainglorious British Imperialism courageously in many pseudo-battles and brought defeat on it with his double-edged arguments. His toilsome research has given the modern Indian a wonderful chance to assess the authentic history... Continue Reading →

  James Baldwin, when he wrote it, was a struggling black author yet how he managed to write the novella from the perspective of a white-skinned blonde American in a first person narrative, is a difficult question to answer. Part of the novella's charm lies in deception and no wonder, a reader willing to be... Continue Reading →

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