Category: Reviews

Published in The Independent, October 2010     Stepping inside The Sheraton’s Vintage Restaurant feels like rewinding the clock by two centuries and travelling a few thousand miles westwards.  The lighting in the antique-themed restaurant is as low as that cast by paraffin lamps; it throws a warm glow over a brass gramophone that rests […]

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Published in The Daily Star on 10 April 2010 Seasonal Adjustments traces a man’s return to his village in Bangladesh after an 18-year absence. Adib Khan’s novel, however, is not in the tradition of expats who return with a willingness to embrace their native land after years of romanticising it. The central character, 43-year-old Iqbal […]

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Published in The Daily Star on 6 March 2010 The debut novel by social psychologist Shazia Omar is a brave depiction of drug addiction in Bangladesh. She approaches the taboo subject with all the rigour you would expect of someone who has spent a month in a rehab centre studying dependence. Omar seemingly omits nothing from […]

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Published in The Daily Star  on January 23 2010 The third novel by Dhaka-born Monica Ali is a superbly written, behind-the-scenes account of a commercial kitchen in London. It is no less an achievement than her best-selling debut novel Brick Lane, which portrayed a young Bangladeshi woman adjusting to a new life with a doddering […]

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  Iranian Photography Now is edited by Rose Issa,  an independent curator and producer of contemporary visual arts and film from the Middle East and North Africa, and the Director of Beyond Art Productions.  I met with her to discuss her latest project.  The luminous hardback contains the works of 36 photographers, some very well known, such as Amirali […]

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