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10 chosen for Bangla Academy Literary Award

Ten personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) 2019. Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press conference at the academy’s Poet Shamsur Rahman Auditorium on Thursday. The award recipients are former Home Minister Rafiqul Islam (Literature on Liberation War), Makid Haider (Poetry), Wasi Ahmed (Literature), Swarochish Sarkar (Essay/Research), ... Read More »

Emerging out of self-infliction

Sudhirendar Sharma What women need to understand is that they too have the power to make a difference. Ancient myths and legends relegate women as proverbial sacrificial lambs in the gendered narrative of our history. Yashodhara is one such, who was made to suffer protracted isolation as her husband abandoned her in his spiritual journey to attain enlightenment as the ... Read More »

Eminent eco-poet from Madrid Zhivka Baltadzhieva speaks

BY Poet Siti Ruqaiyah Hashim SRH: Tell me more about your childhood background, schooling and university education. Pregunta: I grew up in great solitude. My grandparents, the men, were not very talkative. They had been very leftist, very revolutionary, my grandfather had even been shot and thrown into a ravine in the year 1924 (few months before his son was ... Read More »

Riverscapes of a Lonely Poet: Jibanananda Das

November 10, 2019 SANDRP Again I shall return to the Dhansiri’s banks, to this Bengal, Not as a man, perhaps, but as a shalik bird, or a wh ite hawk. As, perhaps, a crow of dawn in this land of autumn’s new rice harvest, I’ll float upon the breast of fog one day in the shade of a jackfruit tree. ... Read More »

Climate Solution: Candid, helpful book on India’s Climate Crisis

November 3, 2019 SANDRP Book Review: The Climate Solution: India’s Climate-Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It. By Mridula Ramesh. Hachette India. 2019. Pp 344 + viii. Rarely you would see a book terming India’s Climate Challenge as CRISIS. “The Climate Solution” by Mridula Ramesh does that then explains why it is being termed as a crisis, what ... Read More »

Harold Bloom, author of ‘Anxiety of Influence,’ dies at 89

New York  (AP/UNB) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal “The Anxiety of Influence” and melancholy regard for literature’s old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom’s wife, Jeanne, said that he had been failing health, although he continued to write books and ... Read More »