The Booktrekker: Bangladesh

READ For Bangladesh, I was planning to read Tahmima Anam’s The Good Muslim. But just as I finished the first few pages, I found out that it was a sequel to Anam’s first novel, A Golden Age. So I stopped reading The Good Muslim (for now), and picked up A Golden Age. The book opens with widow Rehana Haque losing … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Bangladesh

International YALit Month: I Remember Abbu

I Remember Abbu by Humayun Azad, translated by Arunava Sinha, interior illustrations by Sabyasachi Mistry I Remember Abbu by Bangladeshi writer Humayun Azad is a short novel about a loving father-daughter relationship, but also a book about loss and memory. The narrator, a girl or young adult woman remembers her early childhood, and especially her … Continue reading International YALit Month: I Remember Abbu

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Rasha by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (Bangladesh)

The breathtaking story of a feisty young girl. Fifteen-year-old Rasha is abandoned by her mother in a village with her aged and probably mad grandmother. Uprooted from her school and her friends back in cosmopolitan Dhaka, a disgruntled Rasha has to start life afresh in a faraway place with no electricity, incessant rains, nosy neighbors, … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Rasha by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (Bangladesh)