Hrishik Roy

Hrishik Roy is a former intern at Star Books and Literature. Reach out to him at hrishik.roy.27@dartmouth.edu.

The impact of privilege on US college applications

While many applicants work their fingers to the bone to present their best selves on paper, the reality remains that some individuals are inherently positioned with better odds right from the start.

7m ago

“Fragile Things”: How ghosts and spirituality make it into writing

Participants, including the show’s hosts and guests, picked up discarded pebbles, photo frames, children’s artwork, and other knick knacks—all fragile things collected and displayed by the author. 

11m ago

Is the transportation system failing the youth?

The deteriorating transportation situation in Dhaka has made commuting a daunting experience.

1y ago

Prabir Ghosh taught me to be a sceptic

Through his simple and coherent scientific explanations for “supernatural” events such as the practice of witchcraft or the sanctity of religious sites, he challenged the dogmatic belief system which exists throughout much of South Asia.

1y ago

Academics, book reviews commemorate Abul Mansur Ahmad

"Without the practice of literature and study of history, no civilization has progressed much", Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury said in his closing speech.

1y ago

Of ‘BONOBIBI’ and music as a form of storytelling

The verses remind us that a withering, war-torn Earth can still birth new life and hopes of freedom.

1y ago

On Coke Studio Bangla x Meghdol’s ‘BONOBIBI’ and music as a form of storytelling

When Coke Studio Bangla released Meghdol’s Bonobibi, their second song of season 2, listeners found themselves torn between loving the song and questioning it. Questioning as to why the song was done under the banner of Coke Studio, a project funded by an American-based multinational corporation; questioning what qualifies Meghdol, a band known for singing about urban life in Dhaka city, to sing about tales originating in the Sundarbans; and why the song didn’t delve deeper into the history and background of the stories they were trying to tell. It has raised a wider question about how music plays a role in storytelling.

1y ago

A diverse longlist for the 2023 International Booker Prize

Novels from India, the Caribbean, Ukraine, Spain, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, France, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, China, Norway and South Korea in the longlist.

1y ago
October 23, 2023
October 23, 2023

The impact of privilege on US college applications

While many applicants work their fingers to the bone to present their best selves on paper, the reality remains that some individuals are inherently positioned with better odds right from the start.

July 7, 2023
July 7, 2023

“Fragile Things”: How ghosts and spirituality make it into writing

Participants, including the show’s hosts and guests, picked up discarded pebbles, photo frames, children’s artwork, and other knick knacks—all fragile things collected and displayed by the author. 

May 11, 2023
May 11, 2023

Is the transportation system failing the youth?

The deteriorating transportation situation in Dhaka has made commuting a daunting experience.

April 11, 2023
April 11, 2023

Prabir Ghosh taught me to be a sceptic

Through his simple and coherent scientific explanations for “supernatural” events such as the practice of witchcraft or the sanctity of religious sites, he challenged the dogmatic belief system which exists throughout much of South Asia.

April 9, 2023
April 9, 2023

Academics, book reviews commemorate Abul Mansur Ahmad

"Without the practice of literature and study of history, no civilization has progressed much", Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury said in his closing speech.

March 18, 2023
March 18, 2023

Of ‘BONOBIBI’ and music as a form of storytelling

The verses remind us that a withering, war-torn Earth can still birth new life and hopes of freedom.

March 18, 2023
March 18, 2023

On Coke Studio Bangla x Meghdol’s ‘BONOBIBI’ and music as a form of storytelling

When Coke Studio Bangla released Meghdol’s Bonobibi, their second song of season 2, listeners found themselves torn between loving the song and questioning it. Questioning as to why the song was done under the banner of Coke Studio, a project funded by an American-based multinational corporation; questioning what qualifies Meghdol, a band known for singing about urban life in Dhaka city, to sing about tales originating in the Sundarbans; and why the song didn’t delve deeper into the history and background of the stories they were trying to tell. It has raised a wider question about how music plays a role in storytelling.

March 15, 2023
March 15, 2023

A diverse longlist for the 2023 International Booker Prize

Novels from India, the Caribbean, Ukraine, Spain, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, France, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, China, Norway and South Korea in the longlist.

March 10, 2023
March 10, 2023

A festive Friday thanks to Gulshan Society Book Fair

Organised by Shayaan Seraj, the Convener of Gulshan Society, the fair includes book stalls by The University Press Limited (UPL), Bookworm Bangladesh, Baatighar, Prothoma, Nymphea Publications, among others. 

February 17, 2023
February 17, 2023

New books to buy at Boi Mela this week

Essays, historical fiction, science fiction, and travelogues.

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