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  • Mouhamad's journey

    Mouhamad, a 40-year-old dentist and poet, lived in Aleppo, Syria, for many years. In his dental clinic, he offered

  • Jihan's Story, Greece

    Like so many others, 34-year-old Jihan was willing to risk everything in order to escape war-torn Syria and find safety for her family.

  • Saving Our Drowning Humanity

    In the last week of May, at least 1,050 migrants and asylum-seekers died in the Mediterranean Sea, victims of the international


    There are many faces of magic in literature. Prospero's art, Keats's 'charm'd magic casements,' the satirical sylphs in Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock,' Yeats's occultism are some of the faces of magic that we meet in the syllabuses of the English departments. We are comfortable in dealing with magic as a component of fantasy fiction—a long tradition that includes Homer and Apuleius, the Holy Grail, The Faerie Queene. We are happy to see the re-emergence of magic in the works of contemporary author such as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling and others.

  • The Inheritance of Loss

    This is a story of a journey into the past of Tongibari, an important part of the incredible Vikrampur civilisation. Once known as the

  • An awakened village

    It's 8:30 on a cloudy Friday morning and I am having freshly baked cookies with coffee. It feels like home except that I am not.

  • Dhaka University: Can it still lead us?

    Professor Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka, talks to Amitava Kar about how the spirit of Dhaka University remains intact despite many limitations

  • Anwara Bahar Choudhury - Breaking Traditional Shackles

    The Daily Star looks at the life of a great Bengali Muslim educationist who dedicated her whole life for the education and empowerment of women.

  • The World's Bishwa-Kobi

    A little less than a hundred years ago, Bishwa-Kobi Rabindranath Tagore, wrote a poem that he had titled simply “Shakespeare”.

  • The Khapra Ward Day: The Moment and the Movement

    April 24, 1950. It was a sunlit Monday morning. There were 39—according to some, 42—political prisoners in the famous Khapra Ward