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I Spy

($10.00, £8.00)
Format Paperback
Language English
ISBN 978 984 20 0370-7
Edition 1st
Pages 112

The pieces compiled here are largely anecdotal. Some of them are re-membered or re-visited reveries. Some of them are ready responses to events at hand. Some of them were customized to go along with the theme of the lifestyle magazine ICE Today where they were first printed as a regular column. These essays were written while the author was dividing his time between London, Stockholm and Dhaka. Hence, the theme of travel features prominently in these works. To some extent, all of them involve travelling: either cerebral , virtual or real. Acknowledgements: I have a host of people to thank without whose support and cooperation this book would not have seen the light of day. Ziaul Karim, the former editor of ICE Today was the first to suggest that I should do some light-hearted pieces for his magazine. The staff at ICE Today made sure that I continue writing for them. I owe them my heartfelt thanks. For their generosity and encouragement, I would like to thank Prof. Nurul Islam, Prof. Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, Prof. Syed Manzoorul Islam, Prof. Fakrul Alam, Prof. Kaiser Haq, Prof. Abu Taher Majumder, Prof Shireen Haq, Prof Azfar Hussain, Prof Tom Holm, Prof Nancy Parezo, Prof. William Rowe, Prof. Teressa McCarthy, Prof. Mike Baron, Late Hafiz Chowdhury. A circle of friends, only a few of whose names appear in these acknowledgements, kept alive the belief in me that what I had to say made considerable sense. I would like to thank Riaz Khan for reading the entire manuscript with affectionate attention to each detail. Meher Nigar Zerin came up with the outstanding cover that reflects the combined theme of optical illusion and wordplay. My greatest thank is due to my family who has supported me through thick and thin.

Shamsad Mortuza / শামসেদ মোর্তুজা

Dr. Shamsad Mortuza teaches English at the University of Dhaka. He remains an adjunct professor and advisor in the Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He has taught at many universities including Jahangirnagar University, where he was the Chair of the Department of English between 2005 and 2008. Dr. Mortuza is a Fulbright scholar who did his MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. He went to Birkbeck College, University of London to work for his PhD. His doctoral thesis The Figure of the Shaman in Contemporary British Poetry, was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers, UK in 2013. As a senior visiting Fulbright postdoctoral Fellow, he attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to research on the idea of the occult in literature. He is a member of the editorial board of Six Seasons Review. Dr. Mortuza is married to Shahnaz Gazi, a career diplomat, and is blessed with a teenage daughter, Shamael Mortuza Arshi.