A Recollection

I had rare moments of seeing Maa laughing in these old photos from her youth, but I don’t remember ever seeing her genuinely smile or laugh when I was growing up. Where did that young girl in the photos go?

To Be Palestinian

Palestine gave me everything. She is perfect and I love her. But she is not okay. She hasn’t been okay for over 70 years. 

Becoming an Indecent Bengali Girl

Once I got that tattoo, none of those questions applied anymore. I was never going to be anything traditionally Bengali ever again.

On Empire & Religion in Bengal

While being an annual celebration, marking the apex of Bengali culture, Pohela Baishakh it is not an invention made by Bengalis for the explicit benefit of Bengalis.

Satyajit Ray: The Social Issue Filmmaker

Satyajit Ray, the legendary filmmaker, defined the Bengali film industry and reshaped the context of filmmaking to address contemporary social issues of his time.

Remembering East Pakistan

When the Liberation War of 1971 established a new Bangla-speaking country, Ms. Smith’s acquaintances began to ask her why she was still there. She would say, “I’m Bengali. Where am I supposed to go?”