• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Reviews

A call for women's justice

Published Date: July 21, 2014
A call for women's justice

IN the Foreword to the book, Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues, introduces its underlying theme:  “Women and Transitional Justice:  Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes is an important and much-needed contribution to understanding the crucial role of women in peacemaking and transitional justice.”  The author, Mayesha Alam, of Bangladeshi origin, is an Assistant Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USA.  In her words, “Women and Transitional Justice considers, from a theoretical and practical standpoint, how the inclusion of women...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
The documentary Ray planned to make

The documentary Ray planned to make

WHEN you come across a book on iconic director Satyajit Ray, it is quite natural to expect it to be either about the filmmaker or about his works in various art form --- movies, writings, drawings and music etc. But Satyajit Ray's  Ravi Shankar: An Unfilmed Visual Script is not about a completed compendium of his works but is about a documentary film Ray had planned to make, prepared its visual script (storyboard) and even titled it “A Sitar Recital by Ravi Shankar”but could not shoot it. Why? No one knows, not even his family members, including film-maker-son Sandip Ray. “This is the story of a film that did not...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
In need of a good laugh

In need of a good laugh

I Spy, the title of Shamsad Mortuza's collection of anecdotal pieces, refers to a children's game in which you are supposed to see what the speaker is seeing. Say, for instance, you are supposed to spot the exact crack in the ceiling that I have spotted. Mortuza's book invites us to see what he has seen in different parts of the world. The pieces are deliberately playful and lighthearted. It demonstrates the high seriousness with which he approaches life and literature as a teacher of English Literature at Dhaka University. Nevertheless,  Mortuza remains critical of every experience at hand. The experiences move from personal to public, from local to global,...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
BOOK Offerings

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Bedside Suchitra Eds Bijesh Shaha Chandi, Mukhopadhyaya Protibhash, Kolkata Random Chemicals and Snotty Love Poems Pupola Rubi Enterprise Rice Pests of Bangladesh Their Ecology and Management Zahirul Islam, David Catling The University Press Limited Rural Development in Bangladesh Trends and Issues Eds Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Habib Mohammad Zafarullah Centre for Administrative Studies Bibidho Bikiron Abu Taher Mojumder Ankur Prokashoni Mukhosh Farida Hossain Ankur Prokashoni Half A Doll's Life Faridur Reza Sagar Trans: Samira Abbasi Ananya Sir William Jones and Other Essays Abu Taher Mojumder Ankur Prokashoni