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Bhaswati Ghosh

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Who is Abani, at whose house, and why is he even there?writinghome1DSC02644

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:43:39 +0000

[In the words of Brajendranath Mandal] Samir Sengupta Translated from the Bangla by Bhaswati Ghosh Originally published in Parabaas Half-dissolved, I slide into sleep Amid the heart’s distant pain. Suddenly, the night rattles my door, “Abani, are you home?” [‘Abani, are you home’ by Shakti Chattopadhyay] I never got to know Shakti Chattopadhyay in person. … Continue reading Who is Abani, at whose house, and why is he even there?(image)

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Bangladesh Now, Through the Lens of Mostofa Sarwar Farookiwritinghome1Television

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:12:48 +0000

Two films by Bangladeshi director, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki recently released on Netflix. I wrote a review essay on present-day Bangladesh as seen through the prism of these films. Read the full story in The Wire.Filed under: Films, Humour, Issues Etc., Reviews, Uncategorized Tagged: Ant Story, Bangladesh, Bangladeshi films, Bengali cinema, Humour, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, relationships, … Continue reading Bangladesh Now, Through the Lens of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki(image)

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Book review: How I Became a Treewritinghome1Print

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:59:54 +0000

First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday Title: How I Became a Tree Author: Sumana Roy Publisher: Aleph Book Co. I was in primary school when I first heard trees talk. On my way to school every day as I sat by the window of our school bus, leaf-laden branches of trees sashayed as the bus … Continue reading Book review: How I Became a Tree(image)

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In search of home and homeland: Seeking Palestinewritinghome1130225-seeking-palestine

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:51:31 +0000

Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home Penny Johnson, Raja Shehadeh, editors Olive Branch Press Your mother’s face once sustained you. Now you have to strain your memory to trace its outline. The place you were born in you can’t return to, even if it were so you could die there. You can … Continue reading In search of home and homeland: Seeking Palestine(image)

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Singing in Dark Times—a Manual for Encoding Dissentwritinghome1

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:43:11 +0000

First published in The Maynard Talk in whispers But make them so low-pitched That no one can hear Them. Not even the person You whisper to. Clever one-liners are Good. Check your Ambition in using them, though. Satire works well, too. It’s Always safer to quote a dead or Well-known writer. Post music, lots of … Continue reading Singing in Dark Times—a Manual for Encoding Dissent(image)

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Retracing Dandakaranyawritinghome1059-DSC_1860

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:35:28 +0000

First published in Indigo Lit For Titti I search for your footmarks In the arid, rocky terrain. The Agility of your feet eludes mine. The jungle notes you left behind Shriek with trauma. Of green groves Uprooted from rivers, thrown amid Stones and cacti. Yet I sleep restfully. The Shrapnel that ripped apart your Nights … Continue reading Retracing Dandakaranya(image)

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Dead Man Talking — Hassan Blasim’s short storieswritinghome118114111-_uy475_ss475_

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:00:49 +0000

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq Hassan Blasim Penguin Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright   What is left when a place dies a thousand violent deaths? A million stories sprout over the graveyard. Each narrator is a Scheherazade (of One Thousand and One Nights), except none of them is compelled to … Continue reading Dead Man Talking — Hassan Blasim’s short stories(image)

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Sunset and Moonrise in Kumaonwritinghome1

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:28:26 +0000

First published in Five2One A film song carries the background score of the hills and the weight of its sunsets. An opacus swallows friends’ Laughter. The moon is a torn heart tonight. What price The bondage of togetherness — Fleeting or longer? My head in the middle of a sun-slathered snowy Himalayan range. A spectre … Continue reading Sunset and Moonrise in Kumaon(image)

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Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:39:04 +0000

First published in Stonecoast Review When I first heard It, the word didn’t Sound endearing or like An appellation. Behenji Was a crude joke reserved for Those girls who Wore salwar-kameezes, Tied their hair into Well-oiled, tight ponytails And spoke no English. Behenjis stood on the other side. Always on the other side, Huddled among … Continue reading Behenji(image)

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The Starling’s Songwritinghome1ss_frontcover1

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:52:09 +0000

The Starling’s Song B.L. Bruce Black Swift Press Available on: Review by Bhaswati Ghosh For those of us who live it every day, urban life can be unforgiving in its demands. Yet, there are release buttons that can help us slow down and turn towards the natural world and its rhythms. This movement isn’t … Continue reading The Starling’s Song(image)

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