Kaiser Haq

Kaiser Haq is a Bangladeshi poet, translator, essayist, critic and academic.

July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021

A perennial philosophy: Amitav Ghosh’s ‘Jungle Nama’

Amitav Ghosh’s passionate engagement with the Sundarbans has brought out his best as a socially conscious fashioner of narrative in The Hungry Tide (HarperCollins, 2004) and Gun Island (John Murray...

July 1, 2021
July 1, 2021

Dhaka University and Our Literary Culture

I have already spent the biblically allotted three score years and ten on this planet, and of these, roughly two-thirds have been associated with Dhaka University, first as a student and then as an...

June 5, 2021
June 5, 2021

elegy written in a redbrick house

the postman plods his weary way eternal bag slung over shoulder comes up to me at the unearthly hour when evening azan brings dusk tumbling down like playful children somersaulting

October 26, 2019
October 26, 2019

The Mona Lisa of Bengali Poetry: Jibanananda’s “Banalata Sen” (Part II)

Ms Banalata Sen is mentioned thrice, at the end of each 6-line stanza, and each time the effect, in the context of the stanza’s affective and ideational development, is climactic.

October 19, 2019
October 19, 2019

The Mona Lisa of Bengali Poetry

The process of reading is consummated in rereading. It is sure to deepen and broaden our understanding of the work and its author, and quite possibly of ourselves as well.

August 11, 2019
August 11, 2019

NAH!

I am sure it was sometime in 1965 that a classmate at St. Gregory’s, Muhammad Ali Rumee, piqued my curiosity by describing a new movement in letters launched by some friends of his elder brother.

March 23, 2019
March 23, 2019

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Hits a Century

Thanks to Google I have, at a click of the mouse, discovered that in our time around 165 members of the literary professions have

October 9, 2018
October 9, 2018

Remembering Murti,1971

Just a few months into the war of liberation it became clear that the guerrilla operations would eventually have to be accompanied by warfare conducted by troops organised in regular units.

August 21, 2018
August 21, 2018

Farewell to a master: Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

VS Naipaul, to use his most common appellation, died at his London home on August 11, six days short of his 86th birthday.

August 20, 2018
August 20, 2018

The Emperor's New Clothes

This is no doubt one of the most enjoyable stories in Anderson's collection – brief, uncomplicated, hilarious. It's only recently that I began to have doubts about its purported...