The World in My Hands
"Insightful, detailed and poignant. K. Anis Ahmed's pen will hold the reader's attention till the last page."
"A sharp satirist, Ahmed has a sparkling sense of humour."
MONIDEEPA SAHU, DECCAN HERALD
"And now, there's something from Bangladesh I can recommend. Mr Ahmed's novel is a darkly funny story of a country going through a military-backed emergency."
MIHIR S SHARMA, BUSINESS STANDARD
"Darkly funny. A strong new voice from Bangladesh."
"Anis Ahmed's rage at the military-backed Emergency in Bangladesh is palpable. His skill in creating well-defined characters, and the fast pace of the actions, make this a suspense-filled pager-turner."
"A gripping and thoughtful novel about personal loyalties in a world torn by politics and violence."
The Nation | Dhaka Stories
February 24, 2015
"Ahmed is one of the rising stars of Bangladeshi fiction, and the scope of this book, his first, is ambitious...Although Ahmed’s prose is elegantly stringent, his words pulse with an intensely lived experience...Some readers have noted the influence of J.M. Coetzee and V.S. Naipaul, but Ahmed’s character sketches more closely remind me of Saadat Hasan Manto’s Bombay Stories and even Joyce’s Dubliners."
The Telegraph Calcutta | Paperback Pickings: The fault in the stars
January 16, 2015
"Ahmed's fast-paced novel, written in crisp, economic prose, is a page-turner that speaks more about people than about ideologies."
February 16, 2014
"K. Anis Ahmed’s debut novel The World In My Hands is a fast-paced fictional account about the treacherous terrain of political turmoil and corruption in Bangladesh. As Ahmed moves back-and-forth between emotion and reason and reason and emotion, his intellectual formations about his country’s partisanship is deeply reflected in the lucidity of his prose and the clarity of his narrative."
February 5, 2014
"Ahmed has intricately woven the minutest details of every situation in the story, making it a delight for the readers."
February 2, 2014
"The characters in the book are well-rounded as they grow into themselves and as a reader you learn to fall in love with their flaws. One of the best parts about the book is its pace — its fast with a lot of unexpected knee-jerking moments…Ahmed lives up to expectation, given that the author turned quite a few heads, back in 2012, with his short stories titled Goodnight, Mr Kissinger, which also revolved around Bangladesh."
January 26, 2014
"A sharp satirist, Ahmed has a sparkling sense of humour. He can make readers laugh out loud as he pokes holes into diabolical military rulers, established social conventions, academics, politicians, irate rioters, intellectual think-tanks and self-righteous NGO promoters. From newshounds chasing scoops to self-help books and spiritual gurus, nothing escapes his sharp eyes and witty barbs."
Business Standard | Writing A Country
Mihir S. Sharma
January 14, 2014
"And now there is something from Bangladesh I can recommend: K Anis Ahmed's The World in My Hands… Mr. Ahmed's novel is a darkly funny story of a country going through a military backed emergency. It continues in this vein, despairing and funny by turn."
"Good Night, Mr. Kissinger & Other Stories
"The most exciting new Bangladeshi talent writing in English."
DAVID SHOOK, WORLD LITERATURE TODAY
"Vividly imagined, evocatively written and movingly realized, these stories reveal K. Anis Ahmed to be a writer of great promise with a telling eye for detail."
SHASHI THAROOR, AUTHOR OF THE GREAT INDIAN NOVEL
"Vividly realized and intricately observed, Goodnight, Mr. Kissinger is a poignant portrait of a city and the characters that live in the wake of great change."
TAHMIMA ANAM, AUTHOR OF THE GOOD MUSLIM
"...K. Anis Ahmed’s distinctly important and intelligent voice, piecing together moments of the chaos, one emboldened character at a time."
SIMONA SUPEKAR, LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
Los Angeles Review Of Books | Reviews: Good Night, Mr. Kissinger
June 5th, 2014
"In concise, elegant prose, Ahmed presents the complexity of a Dhaka that is rife with the same modern concerns of any other democratic city yet one that is rich with tradition, especially a literary one."
not a natural "Bob Bickel" (Vine Voice Reviewer)
January 17, 2013
"Ahmed's book is full of surprises that smoothly disabuse the reader of commonplace preconceptions. Ahmed writes in an unobtrusively rhythmic prose style that captures the essence of artistic ease and understatement..."
Grady Harp (Hall of Fame Reviewer, Top 50 Reviewer, Vine Voice Reviewer)
January 7, 2013
"K. Anis Ahmed presents here a debut collection of short stories that are so beautifully crafted, so sparkling with all aspects of the spectrum of feeling...that it seems unbelievable that all of this could be so successfully carved out of less than 200 pages!"
BrianB (Top 1000 Reviewer, Vine Voice Reviewer)
December 29, 2012
"These characters come alive under his skillful pen, springing from these pages into the reader's heart…Although English was not his first language, the author shows a mastery of the art of writing. I don't imagine for a moment that his writing is easy, but he makes it appear that way."