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Shesh in the Desh

My contract with VSO was for a year, and today I will leave Bangladesh and return to England, bringing this time to a close. And almost certainly this blog, bar a possible epilogue from London. How to surmise a year? I haven’t found religion or myself, but I haven’t really looked. What’s so distracting is Bangladesh; it throws up surprises in every corner and I can’t help but be transfixed by it. Continue reading ‘Shesh in the Desh’


The Best Book Review in the World

For such a famous literary critic, I wonder how Christopher Hitchens will take this review of his latest book Thomas Paine’s ‘Rights of Man’: A Biography , in the latest London Review of Books. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything more scathing, or wittier. I actually saw Hitchens speak on this when I was at the ippr. He seemed a bit arrogant and proud of his subject – I would love, just loved to have seen his face when he read this. A hundred years ago this would be grounds for a duel. Watch out for the reply.