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Puck
August 21, 2018, 06:16 AM
I am looking for online resources on the social history of Bangladesh between 1971 to 1980. Other than the usual wiki and similar sites, I haven't come across anything that deal with personal accounts of living through that peiod. I'd love to read personal blogs as well about everyday life during this period.

Any suggestions and guidance appreciated. I don't mind hints of political bias by the way. Thanks in advance.

Roey Haque
August 21, 2018, 09:34 AM
Maybe you can try academic sites like JStor? I have subscription to a lot of the academic sites, so I can search what you asked for.

Why 1971 to 1980 though? What got you interested or what is your motivation, if I may ask?

Puck
August 23, 2018, 04:34 AM
Maybe you can try academic sites like JStor? I have subscription to a lot of the academic sites, so I can search what you asked for.

Why 1971 to 1980 though? What got you interested or what is your motivation, if I may ask?

Thanks very much indeed Roey. I have access to JSOR and a few other academic resources, but I am interested in personal accounts and blogs devoid of editorial guidelines, the sort of writing that is not constrained by anything other than the need to tell a story!

The reason for interest in that particular period is due to being too young to remember what happened in the few years before or after I was born. It takes a boy or girl a good few years to reach that level of cognisance where one is truly aware of what is going on in one's immediate life impacted by greater world events. Sadly, the people who could have told me the stories firsthand are no longer in this world.

mufi_02
August 23, 2018, 04:06 PM
It was a decade of two halves. And an extremely challenging one for the new nation. I truncated my previous post as I realized you wanted social accounts and not political.


http://countrystudies.us/bangladesh/19.htm
http://countrystudies.us/bangladesh/20.htm
http://countrystudies.us/bangladesh/21.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20130605203008/http://www.akhonsamoy.com/back/Vol10/102/pages/Page_01.htm

for that, I would refer to earlier works of humayun ahmed and shamsul hoque. eishob din ratri is a great natok if you want to see and understand how life was like in early 1980s middle class Dhaka.

Puck
August 24, 2018, 06:06 AM
It was a decade of two halves. And an extremely challenging one for the new nation. I truncated my previous post as I realized you wanted social accounts and not political.


http://countrystudies.us/bangladesh/19.htm
http://countrystudies.us/bangladesh/20.htm
http://countrystudies.us/bangladesh/21.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20130605203008/http://www.akhonsamoy.com/back/Vol10/102/pages/Page_01.htm

for that, I would refer to earlier works of humayun ahmed and shamsul hoque. eishob din ratri is a great natok if you want to see and understand how life was like in early 1980s middle class Dhaka.

Thank you for the above and I now wish that my original post had not led to truncating your response, please feel free to widen the scope of the discussion if you feel like contributing more!

The problem, as one gets older and loses all those members of the family who would have had a great deal to tell is that each new perspective requires a little longer for me paint in my own little self at that time, but that in itself is a fun exercise. It is an absolute pity that Sohel is no longer an active member here as he would certainly have contributed much to the thread. But maybe, there are others who might come across this thread and say a few words about their own experiences or anecdotes they have heard about at the dining table.