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 →

সঞ্জীব চট্টোপাধ্যায়ের সদ্য পুরস্কৃত বই বাজারে বিকোচ্ছে হটকেকের মতো। সাহিত্য আকাদেমির ট্যাগ ঝোলানো বই বাঙালির নজরে না পড়ে যায় কোথায়! সেই বইয়েরই এক পাঠকের কাঁচামিঠে-টকঝাল-নোনতা অভিজ্ঞতা শোনা যাক। লিখছেন সিদ্ধার্থ দে।   সঞ্জীববাবু সাহিত্য অকাদেমি পেয়েছেন শুনে অধিকাংশ বাঙালি পাঠক ভাতঘুম ভাঙা গলায় বলেছিলো, "ও মা, সে কি! এতদিন পান নি বুঝি!!" আমার মনে হয় পুরস্কার... Continue Reading →

HOT MILK: Good for You?

Judging the sizzling cover image and the interesting title many make mistakes about the content. But the plot in the book reflects the unmistakeable coldness of our frozen lives. Yet the warmth of writing is felt across the pages always. Sayanti Mukherjee calculates the latent heat in Hot Milk.  Deborah Levy sets her story in sun-glazed... Continue Reading →

FLIGHTS: Booking and the Book

What is FLIGHTS but an assortment of sorts-- a foray into the gap, the void between literary genres? Sudip Bhattacharya attempts to unfurl the myriad folds that make Olga Tokarczuk's book a uniquely delightful read.   Flights first gives you the impression of a cheaply printed travelogue. The covers are thin and brittle and the... Continue Reading →

ZEALOT: The Man behind Jesus

For at least two centuries, scholars and popular writers have mined the Christian Gospels to look behind the different images of Jesus, to create an authentic portrait: the historical Jesus as opposed to the Christ of faith. Reza Aslan's masterpiece Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is one such quest for grail. Suman... Continue Reading →

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