List of All Authors

  • Abul Hayet

  • Dr. Rubaiul Murshed

    Columnist of The Daily Star

  • Farah Ghuznavi

    Farah Ghuznavi is a writer, translator and newspaper columnist, with a background in development work. A glutton for punishment, she holds three University degrees from the London School of Economics. After working in several countries with the NGO sector and the UN, Farah remains an unrepentant idealist despite the existence of empirical evidence that suggests it might be better to think otherwise. She began writing fiction in the desperate hope that putting stories down on paper would get them out of her head and send them on their way. So far, this strategy appears to be working, one story at a time. Farah’s work has been widely-anthologised in the US, UK, Canada, France, Singapore, India, Nepal and her native Bangladesh. Her story Judgement Day was Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Competition 2010, and Getting There placed second in the Oxford GEF Competition. She is currently Writer in Residence with Commonwealth Writers, and has recently edited Lifelines, an anthology of new Bangladeshi writing for Zubaan Books, India. Farah has been a panellist at the South Asian Literature Festival (UK), Ncell Nepal Lit Fest, and the Apeejay Kolkata Lit Fest, CALM Fest Shillong, Kolkata Lit Meet (KLM), Lit for Life Chennai and the Bangalore Literature Festival in India. She is also on the organising committee of the Hay Festival Dhaka. Farah’s work has featured in collections such as Emails from India: Women Write Home (Seraphim Editions, Canada), The Storm is Coming (Sleeping Cat Books, USA), Curbside Splendor Issues 1 and 2 (Curbside Splendor, USA), Not Your Mother’s Book…On Travel (Publishing Syndicate, USA), The Path - Winter Issue 2011 (The Path to Publication, USA) and Woman's Work (Girl Child Press, USA) in North America; The Monster Book for Girls (EXAGGERATED Press, UK), Lady Fest: Winning Stories from the Oxford Gender Equality Festival (Dead Ink, UK) and Journeys (Sampad, UK) in Britain; as well as The Rainbow Feast (Marshall Cavendish, Singapore), La.Lit Vol. 1 (La.Lit, Nepal), What the Ink? (Writer’s Block, Bangladesh), From the Delta (UPL, Bangladesh) and Lifelines (Zubaan Books, India) in South and South-East Asia.


  • Khushwant Singh

    Khushwant Singh, one of India’s most prolific and popular authors, gives you ‘the low-down’ on people he has known and places he has visited.

  • Kuldip Nayar

    A veteran journalist and former member of parliament, Kuldip Nayar is India's most well known and widely syndicated journalist. He was born in Sialkot in 1923 and educated at Lahore University before migrating to Delhi with his family at the time of partition. He worked as Resident Editor of the Statesman and Managing Editor of the Indian news agency UNI. He corresponded for the Times for twenty five years and later served as the Indian High Commissioner to the UK during the V.P. Singh Government. His stand for press freedom during the Emergency in India (1975-77), when he was detained, his commitment to better relations between India and Pakistan, and his role as a human rights activist have won him respect and affection in both countries. Author of more than a dozen books, his weekly columns are read across South Asia.

  • Medea Benjamin

    American activist Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of the peace group CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange, provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who controls these unmanned places, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use. Benjamin also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons.


    Dr. Islam did M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University, M.A. in Development Economics from Williams College, USA and Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University, USA. He had begun his professional career as a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Dhaka University in 1962; joined the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1964; held a number of positions in the Governments of the then East and West Pakistan and later in the Government of Bangladesh. Dr. Islam joined the United Nations in 1982 and served in Bangkok and New York in various capacities. He retired in 2001 from the United Nations service as Director, Development Research and Policy Analysis Division of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok. He was Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (2002 – 2005); Chairman, Board of Directors of Sonali Bank (2006) and Advisor to the Caretaker Government, Ministries of Finance and Planning (2007 – 2008). He is presently a Visiting Professor in Brac University Business School. He has written and published extensively on a wide range of development issues such as globalization, international trade, fiscal policy, human resources development, financing development, growth with equity, Asian financial crisis, comparative development experience of groups of countries, and issues relating to the development of Bangladesh. He has made presentations as a resource person at international seminars or national workshops in over 25 countries.


  • Sharbari Zohra Ahmed

    Sharbari Zohra Ahmed received an MA in creative writing from New York University. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Caravan Magazine, Catamaran, and the Asian Pacific American Journal. Her short fiction was published in the anthologies The New Anthem: A Subcontinent in its Own Words, (Tranquebar, 2009) and Lifelines (Zubaan, 2012). In 2003, she won the First Words Literary Award for her short story Raisins Not Virgins, which she adapted into a stage play that was produced in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City (The Workshop Theater Co and The Lark Theater) and Dhaka. Her screenplay for Raisins Not Virgins was selected for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival All Access Program. She is a regular columnist at the Weekend Magazine of The Daily Star - the widest read English language daily in Bangladesh, and teaches English Composition at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai is her first collection of short stories. She is currently working on her first novel Yasmine.

  • Sharier Khan

    Cartoonist , The Daily Star

  • Shashi Tharoor

  • Syed Manzoorul Islam

    Syed Manzoorul Islam is perhaps the only bilingual author in Bangladesh who writes with equal ease and fluency in both Bangla and English. He has six short story collections to his credit including Prem O Prarthonar Golpo and Ondhokar O Alo Dekhar Golpo; and five novels including Tin Porber Jibon and Dinratriguli. He received the prestigious Bangla Academy Award for literature in 1996. Islam’s first collection of short stories in English The Merman’s Prayer and Other Stories will be launched at this year’s Hay festival.

  • The Daily Star

    Ranked the no.1 English daily of Bangladesh, '' is not just the online edition of the newspaper. It provides daily news updates and is the fastest way to know what's happening in Bangladesh and around the globe.

  • Vikram Seth