Dancing in the apocalypse

My mother woke up from a post 16 hour brain surgery induced slumber and the first thought on her mind was- where is her youngest child. The first thought when she stepped out of an airplane into her home country was, when will she reach her cats. Both the times I sat there, exhausted from … Continue reading Dancing in the apocalypse


The case for Identity Politics- Bangladesh vs the west.

Basing your political ideology on religion, race, class, sexuality, gender, wealth, national, linguistic or any other identity is called identity politics. Historically identity politics have done a lot of good and a lot of bad. In a modern world identity politics seems to be the hot craze in all of politics. We want to infuse … Continue reading The case for Identity Politics- Bangladesh vs the west.

‘cool girl’ wife VS ‘woke bengali husband’

Let's start with a soliloquy from the book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves … Continue reading ‘cool girl’ wife VS ‘woke bengali husband’

All the Beasts of Heaven

"You will eat when I say, you will sleep when I say, you will kill when I say. When we find them, we will eat their beating hearts." এসএনএল নামক জঘন্য এক নিওলিবারেল ভাঁড়ামি শোতে এই ডায়লগটা শুনেছিলাম। সেখানে প্রথম শুনি টার্মটা- all the beast of heaven. ওই শো-এর এক স্কেচে, এক আফ্রিকান ওয়ারলর্ড তার … Continue reading All the Beasts of Heaven

unworthy, Einherjar

অফিস থেকে বের হলাম সন্ধ্যার একটু পরে। কানে হেডফোন গুঁজে দিয়ে হাটা দিলাম, বাসায় যেতে বেশীক্ষন লাগবে না। এই ব্যাপারটা আমার জন্যে থেরাপিউটিক। এই কানে হেডফোন গোঁজা ব্যাপারটা। আমি নিজে দশ বছর পর পর নতুন প্লেলিস্ট বানাই। কিছুদিন আগেও বানিয়েছি, অনেক আয়োজন করে। নতুন দশকের নতুন প্লেলিস্ট। তার আগ পর্যন্ত পুরাতনটাই চলেছে। পুরানো স্যান্ডেলের মত। … Continue reading unworthy, Einherjar

The Underground Series: Editor’s Notes

In a world where the written word is getting overshadowed by images, actors, orators, agent provocateurs and their collective rhetorics- Notes from The Underground is my tribute to the written word. The written word that had stories and logic within it. The written word that wasn't blurted out. The written word that concealed within its … Continue reading The Underground Series: Editor’s Notes

The Underground, ep. 7: on Being labeled as “Average”

Our guest writer today, Farishta Shahel. Dhaka, Bangladesh. September 2020. I used to be a very confident kid in school- Now that I've brought up the topic of "the school", I'm sure we all have a pretty common set of memories rushing back to us. That so-called best friend picking on you for your looks … Continue reading The Underground, ep. 7: on Being labeled as “Average”