POETRY / 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

1d ago

REFLECTION / 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).

2d ago

VIEWS / 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. 

3d ago

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

6d ago

Reflection / 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. 

1w ago

Book review: Nonfiction / 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.

2w ago

ESSAY / 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.

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POETRY / 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

2w ago

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.

2w ago

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).

2w ago

Witnessing the council of animals in the Sundarbans

Mayurpankhi’s books have the calibre to engage readers of all ages. This book is not an exception either.

2w ago

How to write a love song

500 years ago, Edmund Spenser wrote a poem to celebrate a wedding taking place beside the River Thames. Each stanza ends with the refrain: “Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song”.

3w ago

Small dreams

On the heart of a place where heather blossoms, Dreams of scattered bodies and burnt heath Against the walls where children live

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A pressed flower

Pressed between pages Of a heavy book, a rose-– Neither flourishes nor wilts.

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An evening of spooks and screams

Each submission, whether poem or prose, was limited to 250 words, and the first team to complete all the prompts would be crowned the winning house.

3w ago

‘Island Life’: A collaborative children’s book

Through visualising the beautiful island nation of the Maldives and the unique environmental features of Bangladesh, the book hopes to foster an appreciation for our shared natural heritage and raise climate awareness.

3w ago

4 witchy romance novels to read this Halloween

The fascination with October’s magic and mystery hasn’t subdued over the centuries. And what can be more magical than falling in love in October?

A night at Hotel Kaalipara

An uncomfortable stillness emanated in the air around Rajpath road. I stood there with my suitcase in my hand, the hair on the back of my neck standing on edge. Glancing left then right, I crossed the road and entered the premises of Hotel Kaalipara.

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