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What We Did Today

Our Works This Morning

We started off with a discussion on Research Paper - only some primary thoughts. My intention was to acquaint the students with the prospect of 'thinking' about a research paper. We used the options in Amherst College. I also discussed a few more Document/Papers needed for application to US Colleges.

Samirah was supposed to give her presentation on "Postcolonilism" - but somehow she couldn't he here. Wasifur already informed that he wont be here - as he has his practical exams today. Bushra would not be here as she has an exam. I briefly introduced the name of Edward Said and Orientalism. Explained the link between Marx-Freud-Darwin trinity. We read just a couple of sentences from Freud's idea of Dream having the Royal road to the deeper self.

Talked about a few vocabulary. In the last class we talked about the 7 types of Questions that may be set in the Critical Reading Sections - so there was a Re-cap on this item.Since not many were present today - we are …

Reading Reports Expected - Two Extract From The New Yorker

I am expecting reading reports based on the books that I assigned in our Tuesday class. Our Saturday Class will start at 8.00 am with a presentation on Post-colonialism (by Samirah). I will begin our first Vocabulary Class. I will also talk about a short introduction on "How to Begin a Research Paper". [You are all expected to read the Research Paper options of Amherst College and Caltech]We also learn a few things about Indian Dances. [Anindita is expected to join]Before we initiate a talk on Saturday about the "Great Divide", everyone is requested to read the two articles from The New Yorker: The Great Divide - Legacy of PartitionThe Exit WoundsClick on the link above to read the articles.

Our works Today

We started off today with a casual discussion about how/Why an appreciation for music would be important for a thinking person. We later developed our ideas and talked of Vikram Seth's "An Equal Music", a few quotes from Shakespeare, and Shylock. A long conversation on Multi-disciplinary thinking ensued. Additionally, we talked of:

Moby DickHow to Write about Africa - the Granta ArticlePankaj Mistra Interview in GrantaWe also made references to 2 more essays linked with the Africa Article in Granta - How to become a Man of Genius, and A Modest Proposal.I just mentioned the English translation of This is Not a Pipe.We also referred to the BLOG post on 29 August, 2014 - which contains links to Critical Philosophy of Technology.

Chosen Titles for New Students

The Stranger (Camus) + Metamorphosis (Kafka)
Marisha = Sophie's World
Raisa = How to be a Man of Genius
Silmee = Critical Theory of Technology / Philosophy of Technology
Samirah = Across the Mystic Shore + Reading Lolita in Tehran
Rahul = Manufacturing Consent

We have temporarily decided that our classes will be held on the following days:

Saturday - 8.00 - 11.00
Monday - 8.00 - 11.00
Tuesday - 8.00 - 11.00

চিলেকোঠার উন্মাদিনীঃ ফরাসি সাহিত্য বিষয়ক ও অন্যান্য প্রবন্ধ

It is quite late I came to Professor Chinmoy Guha's collection of essays in 2012. চিলেকোঠার উন্মাদিনীঃ ফরাসি সাহিত্য বিষয়ক ও অন্যান্য প্রবন্ধ - in this book we see a rare revelation of one of the rarest encounters of 20th century. I have intentionally refrained from using superlatives such as 'greatest' or any such word/phrase, so that we can see why it is 'rare' first and then look for expressions to qualify such an event.  
Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, Tagore's connection with the west is summarily perceived as 'recipient' of the most coveted 'prize' - which is nonetheless taken as a 'blanket approval' of all and everything that Tagore stands for. We are hardly made aware that there is another side of 'west', which sought Tagore's redeeming 'presence' through his words, visits, assurances.
Professor Guha, recipient of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2013) and Chevalier desPalmes Académiques (2010), two of the h…

Logophiles School of Critical Thinking - First Meeting Yesterday

I had an informal session yesterday with Rafi, Prachy, and Ifrat (he is new with us). I also talked to Silmee, who will join us from 22nd June onwards. In addition to that I just had a first session with an MA English Lit (BRAC Univ) today. Tomorrow I meet Samirah to talk about our possible schedules before she leaves for Swaziland to attend her first IB year. I am currently thinking how to schedule my classes the Ramadan Classes - any suggestions will be most welcome. 

I am yet to decide which methodology we follow this year. Last year I took only 6 or 7 lecture classes - in contrast with about 25 or 30 classes in the previous year. I am under the impression that I have to take more lectures than I did in the just-concluded year.

The students are kindly requested to send me any suggestion they feel we should be doing regarding the US College Application and SAT preparation. Send your suggestions through an e-mail. I also asked a few of you to inform whether you would be ready to mee…

Anglophiles 2014-15 Concludes - New Season Begins

It is now being almost three months that we have concluded our closing meetings. We had a moderately successful. While most of the team, approximately 20, got admission in a college, three or four did not get any placement. It is to remind this remaining handful that the remaining 3 students who did not get admission last season, came back furiously this as year as they got very good admissions.

This is also to admit that 2014-15, in spite of whatever prediction I had made earlier, registered very high level of achievement in terms of completing reading assignments. This means that you have read more things in Volume and Diversity than previous few years. This may not be true individually, but the team worked better than predicted. Thank you very much. To keep you company I will be posting a few reading suggestions - as many of you have already asked me to do so - in the forthcoming posts.

I wanted to take a break this year from teaching - but unfortunately, this is not happening righ…