THE CARAVAN | EAST IS EAST: BANGLADESHI WRITING IN ENGLISH JOINS A GLOBAL CONVERSATION
July 1, 2014
"[Ahmed's] own stories trace Dhaka’s growth into a contemporary developing-world megalopolis thrumming with discontent, with an overabundance of people and a lack of resources, with the destitute and the plutocrats living cheek by jowl."

NUPU PRESS | INSPIRE ME: K ANIS AHMED
July 6, 2014
"With its noir-ish elements, dark humour and tension brought so close I can see the sweat on the brows, it works beautifully as a page-turning thriller. Its political backdrop grounds the story into something more frighteningly serious. And its tangled relationships show up our all too human frailties."

THE DAILY STAR | A CASE OF MOHAMMAD HANIF
June 28, 2014
"SLR: What are some noteworthy books that you have read in 2013? MH: Goat Days by Benyamin, translated by Joseph Koyippally. Saba Imtiaz's Karachi You are Killing Me. The World in my Hands by Kazi Anis Ahmed and Sam Miller's A Strange Kind of Paradise. All rip-roaring reads."

EASTERN EYE | BENGALI WRITERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
June 12, 2014
"The event in Mayfair was… attended by established names such as keynote speaker Tariq Ali as well as up-and-coming writers including K Anis Ahmed, who launched his second book, Goodnight Mr Kissinger that same night."

3 QUARKS DAILY | AHSAN AKBAR TALKS TO K. ANIS AHMED ABOUT HIS NEW COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES, GOOD NIGHT, MR. KISSINGER
May 26, 2014
"…the Spirit of the Liberation or Spirit of '71 as we call it is neither the sentiment of a particular generation nor a partisan confabulation. It is the essence of who are as a people and a nation."

LA TIMES | TALKING WITH THE PUBLISHERS OF NEW L.A.-BASED UNNAMED PRESS

April 25, 2014

"With “Good Night, Mr. Kissinger,” we were drawn to a waiter in New York who develops a tense dynamic with one of his regular patrons — Henry Kissinger. In both books, these people are less representative of a particular country then of the globalized condition we all live in."

 

THE INDIAN EXPRESS | LIBERALS, LOSERS AND SPOILSPORTS

February 25, 2014

"After his visit to Lahore in February, K. Anis Ahmed, a Bangladeshi intellectual, wrote in Newsweek Pakistan about the tough Pakistani textbook narrative against the birth of Bangladesh and the refusal of Pakistanis to even acknowledge what the Pakistan army had done to the people of East Pakistan in 1971."

 

CITYFM89 | 89 CHAPTERS WITH K. ANIS AHMED AND SHRABANI BASU [Radio program]

February 25, 2014

http://cityfm89.com/89-chapters-with-k-anis-ahmed-and-shrabani-basu
"Lahore Literary Festival guests, Bangladeshi writer K. Anis Ahmed and historian Shrabani Basu in conversation with Mahvesh on 89 Chapters talk about their work and the Lahore Literary Festival."

 

CNN IBN | IN CONVERSATION: BANGLADESHI WRITERS MARIA CHAUDHURI AND K ANIS AHMED

February 24, 2014

"An explosion of new writing from Bangladesh is fast spreading across the world of contemporary literature. Two of the newest literary stars from the country, Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed, both have new books out this year."

 

THE NEWS | TEHMINA FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO US, ALLIES ON RIGHTS VIOLATION

February 24, 2014

"K Anis Ahmed, a Bangladeshi writer said the relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh were much more fraught in view of events that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. It is very touchy subject in Pakistan and has emotional underpinning in Bangladesh.'"

 

DAWN | ASPIRING FOR A SOUTH ASIAN IDENTITY

February 24, 2014

"K.Anis Ahmed, who is also publisher of ‘Dhaka Tribune’ and literary journal ‘Bengal Lights’, said the people of Bangladesh did not have animosity towards Pakistanis…He said the states would have to shun narrow nationalism in order to develop a larger South Asian identity."

 

DAWN | TALES OF MANY CITIES

February 24, 2014

"The panel had some of known figures of the region’s literature, including Amit Chaudhuri, K. Anis Ahmed, Mohsin Hamid and Reza Rumi…K. Anis began by revealing that he based his new novel ‘The World In My Hands’ in a city similar to Dhaka but chose not to call it Dhaka because he wanted to freely write about things he wanted to write about."

 

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE | ‘YOU CAN HAVE A NATIONAL IDENTITY ALONGSIDE A SOUTH ASIAN IDENTITY’

February 24, 2014

"K Anis Ahmed, a writer from Bangladesh said there are always multiple identies [sic]. 'You can have a national identity along with a south Asian identity.' Ahmed said one of the problems was unequal power. He said in the last 10 to 15 years there had been a decline in multilateralism. Ahmed added that distrust must be overcome by opening borders in the region, for the people to move easily and interact with each other. Ahmed said 'we (Bangladeshis) don’t hold the people of Pakistan responsible for the incidents in 1971, but think that the responsibility for brutality falls on the shoulders of the military and political leaders of that time'."

 

THE NEWS | BANGLADESHI WRITER LAUNCHES BOOK

February 23, 2014

"The book, published by Random House India, is Ahmed’s sophomore book and a political satire on Bangladesh’s ongoing political crisis facing the current Bangladeshi Awami League government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina."

 

HINDUSTAN TIMES | A RESOUNDING YES FOR DEMOCRACY

January 22, 2014

"Bangladeshi journalist K Anis Ahmad [sic]…said the true test of democracy as the only option is that people give their lives for it. 'I see lot of people here speak of China’s growth,' Anis said. 'Would you give up democracy for 1-2 percent more of economic growth?'"

 

HINDUSTAN TIMES | MURLI MANOHAR JOSHI AND SHAZIA ILMI DOMINATE DEMOCRACY DEBATE ON LAST DAY AT ZEE JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL

January 22, 2014

"On the subject of democracy, Indrajit kicked off the debate saying, "Democracy is not a perfect spouse and you realise quite quickly that you, the cog in the democratic machine aren't either. K Anis Ahmed followed this with his statement, "Democracy is a system for which people give their lives, I've known other systems that take lives."

 

TIMES OF INDIA | 'DEMOCRACY IS THE WORST FORM OF GOVT'

January 22, 2014

"Visitors to the Jaipur Literature Festival literally squeezed themselves into a jam packed 'Baithak', on a rain-soaked day, after a shift in the venue, for the concluding session of its seventh edition and conduct of the session on the motion 'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest'."

 

JLF-14 | DEBATE: DEMOCRACY IS THE WORST FORM OF GOVERNMENT, EXCEPT FOR ALL THE REST [VIDEO]

January 21, 2014

Video of Anis' talk on Democracy at the closing debate of the Jaipur Literature Festival

 

GATEWAY HOUSE | ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM: INDIA AND ITS NEIGHBOURS

January 21, 2014

"The panel discussed the social and political workings of the countries bordering India – Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The discussion ranged from elections and political portraits, to the role of the media and involvement of the youth and middle class in social change, as well as India’s position as a strategically important neighbour."

 

GETTY IMAGES | BANGLADESHI AUTHOR K ANIS AHMAD SPEAKS [PHOTO]

January 21, 2014

"Bangladeshi author K Anis Ahmad speaks during a session on Debate: Democracy is the Worst Form of Government , Except for All the Rest at Jaipur Literature Festival on January 21, 2014 in Jaipur, India."

 

HINDUSTAN TIMES | NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: INDIA SHOULD DO BETTER

January 21, 2014

http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

"India needs to play a proactive, caring and bigger strategic role in its neighbourhood, said panellists at a session titled “Elephants in the Room: India and its Neighbours” at Jaipur literature festival (JLF)."

 

JLF-14 | WORLDS IN OUR HAND [VIDEO]

January 20, 2014

Video of K Anis Ahmed's book reading, along with Esther Syiem.

 

INDIA TODAY | DAY FOUR OF JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN PHOTOS [PHOTO]

January 20, 2014

"K. Anis Ahmed discussed the unsettling social, political and geographical realities of South Asia and the nature of political engagement at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Monday."

 

ELLE India | WORLD VIEW: Interview with K. Anis Ahmed

Cheryl-Ann Couto

January 2014

"Bangladeshi writer K Anis Ahmed's first novel, The World In My Hands, examines the new paradox of the Third World - growth and prosperity amidst persistent instability and violence."

 

The Hindu | Striking the right balance: Interview with K. Anis Ahmed

Ziya Us Salam

January 4, 2014

"Born a little before the Bangladesh War of 1971, today Ahmed’s is among the most significant voices in Bangladesh as the country goes through a new stirring."

 

Daily Star | The World in My Hands: Another Footstep in Global Literature

Fayeka Zabeen Siddiqua

January 3, 2014

"The World in My Hands, an English Novel by Bangladeshi writer, K. Anis Ahmed can surely be counted as another step forward in taking Bengali writers to the world literature."

 

Daily Star | K Anis Ahmed's novel The World In My Hands launched

December 31, 2013

"Released in South Asia (and worldwide as e-book), the book has already garnered high praise. Fellow Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam, author of The Good Muslim, describes it as darkly funny, heralding Ahmed as a strong new voice in English writing from Bangladesh. Noted Indian politician and author Shashi Tharoor describes the novel as a poignant and insightful page-turner."

 

World Literature Today | Bangladesh on the World Stage (Interview)

David Shook

May-June 2013

"…that writing was very strong in the 1960s and '70s, and it's been kind of in a slump the past few decades – is actually a very unpopular thing to say…but it is high time we talked about these things with some honesty."

 

Samakal | স্বাগতম, সুস্বাগতম

তপন শাহেদ (Tapan Shahed)

৩ মে ২০১৩(May 05, 2013)

 

Wall Street Journal | Saving the Bangladesh Spring (Editorial)

March 5, 2013

"As K. Anis Ahmed wrote in these pages last Wednesday, Shahbagh is a secular nationalist movement at a time other Muslim democracies are seeing radical Islam assert itself. Jamaat tried its best to paint Shahbagh as anti-Islamic and its participants' ideas as blasphemous, but Bangladeshis refuse to accept the Islamists' narrow identity."

 

Jugantor | If you try to save everything, you can't save the writing - A conversation with Kazi Anis Ahmed

Shameem Reza

February 15, 2013

Also: http://www.ejugantor.com/share.php?q=2013/02/15/21/details/21_r6_c2.jpg

 

Prothom Alo | ইংরেজিতে লিখুন, বাংলাতেও (Writing in English, the spirit of Bangla comes, too)

দেবেশ রায় (Debesh Roy)

০৮-০২-২০১৩ (8 February 2013)

Also: http://eprothomalo.com/index.php?opt=view&page=1&date=2013-02-08

 

BDNews24 Arts | গুড নাইট মিস্টার কিসিঞ্জার এন্ড আদার স্টোরিস (Good Night, Mr. Kissinger and Other Stories)

রিয়াজ মিলটন (Riaz Milton)

২৪ জানুয়ারি ২০১৩ (24 January, 2013)

 

Daily Star Weekend Magazine | Through Dhaka’s Eyes

Farhad Ahmed

December 28, 2012

"The language here is clean yet sinewy, but written with a flair that gives a fillip to, and even evokes a chortle in, the reader. The stories here are blessedly written by somebody who is entirely at home in the language…"

 

SUCCESS Magazine | A Growing Venture

Deborah Huso

November 19, 2012

"Kazi Anis Ahmed and his family’s 12-year-old organic tea farm are so successful that they have—in Ahmed’s words—brought an economic boom to a once-barren and impoverished area of northwest Bangladesh."

 

KALW Public Radio | Good Night, Mr. Kissinger

Sandip Roy

November 21, 2012

"It’s been over 40 years since Bangladesh became independent but as Anis makes clear it still loves to hate Henry Kissinger."

 

Daily Star | Hay Fever in Dhaka: Butter Knives and Exploding Mangoes

Soraya Auer

November 23, 2012

"…Ahmed, who was interested in exploring the issues of revenge and forgiveness and found violence very useful in structuring and pivoting his narrative."

 

Huffington Post | English-Language Literature Finds Its Place in Bangladesh

David Shook

November 20, 2012

"'My stories are about finding a vocabulary for this new urban intensity. Lives are both peculiarly crammed with intimacies and oddly desolate in their alienation. The way such contradictory and strong pressures lead to unique sparks of consciousness is what fascinates me.'"

 

The Telegraph UK | Hay Dhaka 2012: The Assassin’s Creed

Sameer Rahim

November 20, 2012

"Ahmed said that from a plot point of view it’s useful for a character to have a deadly motivation."

 

World Literature Today | Bengali Lit in Dhaka

David Shook

November 19, 2012

"…the most exciting new Bangladeshi talent writing in English, K. Anis Ahmed, whose first collection of short stories, Good Night, Mr. Kissinger, was published the week before last."

 

First Post | War crime tribunals and mishti doi: Can Bangladesh move on from 1971?

Sandip Roy

November 19, 2012

"'In this context Bangladeshis are not very interested in criticism from America or American based organisations.'"

 

The Telegraph UK | Hay Dhaka 2012: Peter Florence's Hay Festival blog

Peter Florence, Hay Festival Director

November 17, 2012

"…the elegant short story Goodnight Mr Kissinger by Dhaka writer Anis Ahmed, which features a Bengali waiter in New York given the perfect opportunity to exact revenge for the death of his family on the American powerplayer."

 

Daily Star | Writing the Right Way

Soraya Auer

November 9, 2012

"The stories have a natural and elegant narrative that guides the reader through the characters' thoughts and actions and while the collection reads well together, each story is engaging in its own right."

 

LA Review of Books | An Interview with Literary Journal Bengal Lights

C.P. Heiser

September 1, 2012

"It’s a captivating piece, with the traditional notions of individuality that go along with the project of the novel thrown on their ear, not just by the collective authors of the book, but by Dhaka itself in someways."

 

WSJ Blogs: India Realtime |Q&A: Bengal Lights, Bangladesh’s New Literary Journal

Tripti Lahiri

July 9, 2012

 

Daily Star | Bangladeshis writing in English

Rashid Askari

August 14, 2010

 

Daily Star | Monsooner's Fiction Workshop 2008

Sarah Z H

July 6, 2008

 

Daily Star Campus | Interview: "Rendezvous with Dr. Anis Ahmed"

G. Sumdany Don and Feeda Hasan Shahed

July 22, 2007

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