Category Archives: Author

Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971)

After a brief visit of about ten days, I returned from Dhaka at the end of 2011, which happened to be the fortieth birth anniversary of Bangladesh. During my stay, I interacted with academics, scholars, and lay people about the … Continue reading

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“Was Benjamin the first suicide bomber?”

Here is an excerpt from Columbia anthropologist, Michael Taussig’s “Walter Benjamin’s Grave”, in which Taussig tries to make sense of Benjamin’s suicide on the French-Spanish border, hounded by the Nazi, and his burial as an allegory, understood better in its … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aman Sethi’s A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

[This review was first published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] For long the disciplines of sociology and anthropology have focused on producing knowledge of one’s own culture or others’ culture as a totality. Although since the 1970s, there have been a … Continue reading

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Edward Said on the Marginality of the Intellectual

As I read one of Edward Said’s Reith Lectures (“Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals”) delivered on BBC in June, 1993, on the theme of the representation of the intellectual (later published in a volume, Representations of the Intellectual), I can’t … Continue reading

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Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence & ‘Cultural Translation’

Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Enchantress of Florence (2008), set in sixteenth century Florence and India, is a tour de force of cross-cultural encounter between the West and the East around the time of the European Renaissance. The novel traverses between … Continue reading

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A Rewriting of the Ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Part – II

By Mosarrap H. Khan [This is the second part of the creative rewriting of the ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. In Part – I (Read here), I had offered an alternative ending to Things Fall Apart. In this essay, I offer my … Continue reading

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A Rewriting of the Ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Part – I

By Mosarrap H. Khan [In one of the courses on Postcolonial Literature that I did while at the University of British Columbia, we were asked to creatively rewrite the ending of a novel. I rewrote the ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall … Continue reading

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