Waqar A Khan

May 22, 2021
May 22, 2021

When the Gypsies Came to Town

It happened sometime in the winter of 1959. There was a ripple of commotion in the ‘kancha bazaar’ (kitchen market) in Dinajpur town. Someone gave a clarion call, “The gypsies are here. Allah save...

April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021

The myth of martial race: Seared into a schoolboy's memory!

The years 1968-1969, were a tumultuous period in the political history of the state of Pakistan. My father a Bengali civil servant from East Pakistan, was an official in the then central government...

February 1, 2021
February 1, 2021

Deshpriya Jatindra Mohan & Nellie Sengupta

The following story unfolds in a prominent zamindar (feudal landlord) family of the Senguptas, in the then remote and obscure sleepy little village of Barama,

December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020

The Enduring Enigma of Columbo Sahib!

It stands proudly as a silent sentinel - forsaken, forlorn, dilapidated - entwined in the vicious vice-grip of invasive vegetation – serpentine vines and clinging creepers - that threaten to bring...

November 9, 2020
November 9, 2020

The Unforgettable Suhrawardys of Bengal

The spectacular socio-cultural efflorescence known by the sobriquet of ‘Bengal Renaissance’ was an extraordinary period from mid- 19th to early 20th century in Bengal.

September 21, 2020
September 21, 2020

When the Dufferins visited Dhaka

The failed Indian Rebellion of 1857, which saw the ultimate triumph of the East India Company, nonetheless also led to its demise and the emergence of the last great colonial empire in modern...

July 6, 2020
July 6, 2020

A colossus from Brahmanbaria

The Honorable Justice Nawab Sir Syed Shamsul Huda, KCIE, an illustrious son of Eastern Bengal (Bangladesh) was born in 1862, in the village of Gokarna, formerly in Comilla then a part of Hill...

June 8, 2020
June 8, 2020

The Bangladeshi-Armenian Harneys of Dhaka

A brief on the Armenians of Dhaka: Regardless of the absence of any definitive chronicle on the advent of the Armenians in Bengal, particularly to Dhaka, historians today unanimously agree that the...

July 22, 2019
July 22, 2019

Netaji Subhas Bose in Chattogram

I am enamoured of Netaji. I have been since I was a five-year-old, when I had first listened with wide-eyed wonderment about this legendary hero from the elders in my family.

June 3, 2019
June 3, 2019

Of reverse travellers and travelogues

This feature article is a sequel to an earlier essay of mine entitled “Early Indian Voyagers to Vilayet” published in The Daily Star. In this essay, I shall briefly mention a few notable Indian...