by Ikhtisad Ahmed (Bengal Lights Books)
The thought-provoking and engaging debut short story collection from an emergent Bangladeshi voice sees compelling protagonists journey through energetic narratives that are a blend of socio-political satire and fresh humour. Traversing rural and urban Bangladesh and England, the ironic glimpses of political hypocrisy are contrasted with the heartbreaking struggles of common people. Simultaneously outraged and humorous, the layered tales bear witness to the universal adversities of these times and humanity's existence in their face. Introduction by Sharbari Z. Ahmed.
From the back cover:
“Tough, clear-sighted and deftly paced, these intriguing stories navigate the shifting geographies of our contemporary reality. A welcome new addition to the growing corpus of Bangladeshi writing in English.” – Aamer Hussein, author of Electric Shadows
“Ikhtisad Ahmed provides us with a surrealist glimpse of the nightmarish reality that is society governed by racism, corruption and oppression. Using elements of absurdity, he draws the reader into a world where individuals are silenced by terror and violence, and personal fears can no longer be distinguished above the multitudes of suffering.” – Meike Ziervogel, author of Kauthar
"Crisp and thoughtful, these stories cut to the heart of our existence." - Kunal Basu, author of The Japanese Wife
IKHTISAD AHMED - Writer
Ikhtisad is a human rights lawyer turned writer from Bangladesh. His books include the poetry collections Cryptic Verses and Requiem, and the short story collection Yours, Etcetera. He wrote the plays The Deliverance of Sanctuary and MADE for the then Arts Council endorsed Target Theatre Company, and an essay for Routledge's Press Freedom in Contemporary Asia. He has been a columnist and critic for Dhaka Tribune, a regular contributor to Scroll.in and Shuddhashar, and has appeared on various media outlets including Al Jazeera, ABC Radio National, BBC Asia Network, India Ahead, The Wire and The Quint as a socio-political and cultural commentator on Bangladesh and South Asia. His current projects include co-writing the memoir of Bangladesh's pioneering LGBTQ+ activist.