On the Eaton thesis

Posted in Bengal, books, classics, history, Muslim world, South Asia by jrahman on January 13, 2016

Awrup Sanyal wants to whet your appetite about Richard Eaton’s seminal work.  Let me complement him on the effort.  I have noted Eaton in the past: a must read book on Bangladesh; and a book that has stayed with me. A full-fledged critical review of the Eaton thesis is well beyond my capability.  This post really is a complement to Mr Sanyal’s.



The missing fifth book

Posted in books, culture, history, society by jrahman on October 2, 2011

The Browser claims to be creating ‘a 21st century library of Writing Worth Reading’.  One of their regular features is  the interview of a renowned authority who discusses his or her area of expertise and provides their choice of the best five books to read.

I would not presume to be a renowned authority on anything.  But a blogger can have his pretensions, particularly in his blog, right?  While posting my thoughts on Naeem’s essay, it occurred to me that suppose I was asked to list five books on Bangladesh.  What would I say?