Best fiction of 2021

Dazzling debuts, a word-of-mouth hit, plus this year’s bestsellers from Sally Rooney, Jonathan Franzen, Kazuo Ishiguro and more The most anticipated, discussed and accessorised novel of the year was Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You (Faber), launched on a tide of tote bags and bucket hats. It’s a book about the accommodations of adulthood, …

My Father

No black, no white, Everything is grey in your mystic world; You did not teach binaries to me I could become a human being In your androgynous world. I remember a Bengali As I think of you who Worships motherhood; I was your headdress Your second mother. You would treat me as if I’m the …

New book celebrates the lost work of Shakespeare’s female editors

Scholar Molly Yarn identifies more than 60 women who have contributed to the history of the Bard’s works, and believes there are still more to find William Shakespeare Reviewing Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke’s illustrated edition of Shakespeare’s plays in 1869, an anonymous critic blamed “the numberless alterations, mutilations, corruptions, or whatever we may choose …

An Awkward Silence

Me and my two siblings met at the new mall, all newish shoes, clean underwear, someone else cuts our hair. We made it out, we made out, where the mountains aren’t. Where a bookstore can keep her nose above water. Success in the U.S. of A.. Thursday, a drizzling rain, a booth in a dark …

Body of Autumn

This dawn Is a lukewarm body of sunlit promises O honey, it’s a pale diffusing Of crisp honey rays The sun pours out of a hundred windows Sweeping the air lightly like a sigh Sighing life into the swirling canvas of dust motes Sighing life into the dust that composes this body Your body and …

Fairness

People are now in love with Fairness, Fairness that is now sold in packets – pretty and environment Friendly, That can be easily recycled; So can be our relationships Nowadays, I hear; And you can even choose from your look, If you care (to look) That’s to say; But what’s the hurry? Time is a …

ভবিষ্যৎ মৃত্যু

দুটো বুলেট নিয়ে দুটো রিভালভারে, ঠিক তাক করব দুজন দুজনের দিকে ঠিক সেখানটায় যেখানে তুমি কালো টিপ পরে থাকতে, আর আমার কপালের মাঝ বরাবর, যেখানে তুমি হরহামেশা চুমু আঁকতে। মনে বাজবে শরতের সুর, বাতাস বইতে থাকবে হালকা করে। হ্যাঁ অবশ্যই তোমার ওড়না উড়বে সামান্য। দুলবে খানিক। কিছুটা মাতাল হওয়াও যেতে পারে। যেন কিছুটা শুটিংস্পটের মতো …

Nightmare

She waited for the nightmare to pass She thought if she could sleep comfortably Enough If she could wrap the blankets around her bare, torn skin tightly Enough If she could close her eyes and keep them closed for long Enough She could tire away the demons of her soul She thought Eventually their claws …

Strange City

11 May , 1988 Islamabad , Pakistan   Dear Jilani kaka, Sorry for not replying  sooner .  It’s been five weeks here in Islamabad . The journey from Kabul was long yet it was worth it . You should come as soon as you find your youngest son, Jahin . You would not believe when …