5 Bangla books that you must read

It is that time of the year again. The Ekushey Book-fair is going in full swing. Commemorating the mother language movement of 1952, the month-long Boi Mela is ubiquitously the biggest celebratory hub for Bangla literature. Both seasoned wordsmiths and emerging authors publish their books throughout the extent the fair.

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We have handpicked 5 newly published Bangla books from Boi Mela. These 5 titles will surely keep you glued to the pages!

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#1 Floyedian (ফ্লয়েডিয়ান)

Publisher: Pearl publications

Price: 150 TK

How often do you see books about legendary bands like Pink Floyd, that too in Bangla? Not much. But this book titled ‘Floyedian’ particularly caught my attention. Writer Milu Aman blended the history of psychedelic rock giant Pink Floyd with his remembrance of growing up in the cassette era. Being only 95 pages in size, this book is not a definitive biography of Pink Floyd. Nevertheless, it is an interesting page-turner and can be read in an hour.

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#2 Mamlar shakkhi moyna pakhi (মামলার সাক্ষী ময়না পাখি)

Publisher: Prothoma

Price: 180

Doctor/writer Shahaduz Zaman is an esteemed personality in contemporary Bangla literature. His much-anticipated compilation title ‘Mamlar shakkhi moyna pakhi’ has finally been released on the second week of February. It is a compilation of 10 short stories. Zaman casts a spell of wordplay on his readers; this book upheaves his standard much farther. Shoutout to Sabyasachi Hazra as well for his incredible cover illustration. Definitely, a must read.

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#3 64 jelay ki dekhechi (৬৪ জেলায় কি দেখেছি)

Publisher: Agami prokashoni

Price: 300 tk

You can’t be sad while riding a bicycle. Imagine cycling through the 64 districts of Bangladesh, staying over at strangers’ place and writing about your cross country solo trip. Exciting, right? Well, Mohammad Shariful Islam did so in 2010. During his journey, he wrote daily journals about paddling hundreds of kilometres and meeting a diverse array of strangers. “64 jelay ki dekhechi” is the compilation of Shariful’s journal. Once you start reading, you will catch yourself musing about quitting your job and going on a backpacking adventure.

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#4 David Lynch er notebook (ডেভিড লিঞ্চের নোটবুক)

Publisher: Oitijjhyo

Price: 190 tk

I am quite picky about translated books. They don’t usually meet my expectations. But Rudra Arif did a tremendous job translating “Catching the big fish”, the personal account of filmmaking extraordinaire David Lynch. One of the most important directors of our time, his filmography includes Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead. “David Lynch er notebook”, the Bangla version of journals kept by Lynch, is a great way to peek into the inner world of the director admired by many. As a dedicated Twin Peaks fan (which David Lynch co-created), I was excited to read this book.

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#5 Baniyalulu (বানিয়ালুলু)

Publisher: Baatighar

Price: 180 tk

I am a patsy for Bangla sci-fi. Shibabrata Bormon’s sci-fi short story compilation ‘Baniyalulu’ is a genre-bending book that manoeuvres interplay between originality and literary excellence. Bormon is a very underrated writer and deserves a wider fanbase. I liked all of the stories, but I have to highlight the title story. It captivated me and I will definitely give it another read in future. 

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Books are and have always been our best friend, and will remain to be so in the future. So take some time away from your Netflix binges and harken back to the days where you had a longer attention span and a wider scope for imagination. I hope these 5 books will make it to your list.

Happy reading!

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