From the liberation of the nation to the loneliness of the pandemic, these stories and poems, by writers at home and abroad, celebrate 50 years of Bangladesh. Through train rides and birthday cakes, triumphs and betrayals, love and loss and magic, they offer us a glimpse into the vastness of what it means to be Bangladeshi. Featuring authors Mahmud Rahman, Nadeem Zaman, Sabrina Ahmad, Zeeshan Khan, MK Aaref, Kaiser Haq, Neeman Sobhan, Arif Anwar, Sabahat Jahan, Lubna Mariam, Pracheta Alam, Nahyan Ameen, Nadia Kabir Barb, Abeer Y. Hoque, Shabnam Nadiya, Maria Chaudhuri, Salahdin Imam, Namira Hossain, Farah Ghuznavi, Munize Manzur and Iffat Nawaz, edited by Shazia Omar.
Shazia Omar is an active member of the writing community in Bangladesh. She founded Writers Block, a collective that published many of the first pieces of literature in English from Dhaka between 2006 and 2016. She curated dozens of literary events at Red Shift Café and hosted numerous writing workshops and lit soirees. She founded Pen Warriors, a platform to help emerging writers find their voices. She has written three books, one play and numerous short stories.