Aminul Islam Sajib: What Brought the Ax Down On Bangla Blogs? ›

 in AIS Journal:

There was a time when online community in Bangladesh was synonymous with Bangla blogs. Started by Somewherein..Blog and later picked up by many other community blogging platforms, these sites gave writers a place to practice their writing. But it wasn’t only limited to literature practice. People from all walks of life joined in and started writing their everyday activities, thoughts on current affairs and so on. Bloggers even took initiative to help those in need, too, at widespread occurrences such as flood victims and the likes. Bangla blogs once had a good thing going on.

People made friends, and enemies alike, on Bangla blogs. They would write about all topics imaginable and a discussion would take place. Sometimes these led to nasty environment, but most of the time, the situation was friendly and nice.

But that all has been slowly changing. Bangla blogs are active these days, you will find new posts every few minutes, but if you spend some time looking through them, you will see they no longer attract a meaningful discussion. A peek through the front-page of Somewherein..Blog today reveals the biting truth that people are no longer as active on blogosphere as they used to be some six/seven years ago.

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14 hours ago on 08/27/14 at 09:36am

Literary Quartet: Two on Two with Zia Haider Rahman

1 day ago on 08/26/14 at 12:30am

Dhaka Translation Centre Call For Applications: Bangla-English Literary Translation Workshop ›

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"Dhaka Translation Centre (DTC), in partnership with the British Centre for Literary Translation, Commonwealth Writers and English Pen, is delighted to announce a call for applications for a workshop on Bangla-English translation, to be held in Dhaka from 15-20 November 2014.

Led by the award-winning literary translator Arunava Sinha, workshop participants will work on a consensus translation of one particular text – a short story or an excerpt from a novel – with the author present. The workshop will offer a space for collaboration and peer learning, where participants will be able to share ideas and, with the text before them, discuss in real-time the challenges of translating from Bangla to English.

After the workshop, participants will be assigned stories to translate for an anthology of fiction of Bangladesh.”

Book Alert!

The New Anthem: The Subcontinent in its Own Words edited by Ahmede Hussain

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The New Anthem anthologises 22 major writers of fiction, who with their original narrative style, have reinterpreted the region’s turbulent history at both personal and national levels. The New Anthem confirms that many of the most brilliant storytellers of world literature were born in the Indian subcontinent. Ahmede Hussain weaves the anthology together to make it a testimony to the brilliance of South Asian fiction. 

3 days ago on 08/24/14 at 02:40pm


'Take Me Home Rickshaw - Poems by contemporary poets of Bagladesh', selected and translated by Farida Majid, The Salamander Imprint, London, 1974.


Game of Kabaddi
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A Novel that Defines Our Times ›


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A mathematician by training, Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel is a literary masterpiece. It is a deeply unsettling novel where the protagonist’s ‘descent of hope’ reveals our loss of a shared humanity. The novel is a magisterial sweep of the landscape of the 21st century that is characterized by war, migration, and rootlessness. Rahman grapples with the age-old question of knowledge of do we know what we know by offering Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem. Unfortunately, pure mathematics fails to not only give us answers to life’s complex questions; it also fails to give answers to its own questions.

In the Light of What We Know is a deeply postcolonial novel about the ambivalences of globalization, excessive greed, military power, and our capacity to dehumanize the other. It has been compared to Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas and to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, novels that have distilled feelings that have defined an age. The New Yorker’s literary critic James Wood, who is very parsimonious with his praise, has written a 4,000-word tribute calling it “dazzling.” What are we to do in a world that is so bewilderingly full of promise and of senseless hatred? How do we navigate between truth and falsity, between knowing and not knowing, between human arrogance and its terrible consequences? How do we remain human in this world of “unbearable inconsistencies, in a world where black is white and white is black, and there is no way to tell the apart (552).

“…that understanding is not what this life has given us, that answers can only beget questions, that honesty commands a declaration not of faith but of ignorance, and that the only mission available to us, one laid to our charge if any hand was in it, is to unfold the questions, to take to the river knowing not if it runs to the sea, and accept our place as servants of life” (553).

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Book alert!

The Blood Telegram India’s Secret War in East Pakistan by Gary J. Bass (also titled The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide in some markets)

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In 1971, the Pakistani army launched an devastating crackdown on what was then East Pakistan (todays independent Bangladesh), killing thousands of people and sending ten million refugees fleeing into India. The events also sparked the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. Drawing on recently declassified documents, unheard White House tapes and meticulous investigative reporting, Gary Bass gives us an unprecedented chronicle of the break-up of Pakistan and Indias role in it. This is the path-breaking account of Indias real motives, the build-up to the war and the secret decisions taken by Indira Gandhi and her closest advisers. This book is also the story of how two of the worlds great democracies - India and the United States - dealt with one of the most terrible humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Gary Bass writes a revealing account of how the Bangladeshis became collateral damage in the great game being played by America and China, with Pakistan as the unlikely power broker. The United States embrace of the military dictatorship in Islamabad would affect geopolitics for decades, beginning a pattern of American anti-democratic engagement in Pakistan that went back far beyond General Musharraf. The Blood Telegram is a revelatory and compelling work, essential reading for anyone interested in the recent history of our region


1 week ago on 08/20/14 at 09:39pm

Borders, Boundaries, and Margins: SALA 2015 | SALA ›

1 week ago on 08/17/14 at 09:44am