Dusk in the Frog Pond is a collection of eight short stories that explore the lives of immigrants as they deal with the challenges of migration, displacement, identity, nostalgia, loneliness, socio-economic disparity, and cultural assimilation. A particular focus is the theme of arranged marriages. The main characters are Muslim women in or from Bangladesh. Some of the marriages are happy. In others the women feel isolated, often trapped and always unloved. These are powerful stories, reflecting joy and sorrow, never forgetting the eternally burning fire of hope that both lives and dies within all of us, and depicting culture, tradition, and history in parallel force with today's modernized world.
About the author
Rummana Chowdhury is the author of forty-three books, in both Bengali and English, which include poetry, short stories, novels, and essays. She is a leading global commentator on issues of migration that pertain to the South Asian Diaspora, violence against women, diasporic literature, translation, cultural and historical remembrance strategies, and feminist politics and culture. She has received several notable awards including Woman of the Year, 2010, Canada, and Best Writer and Translator for Diaspora Literature, Ontario Bengali Cultural Society, 2016. She has also received several awards for her contributions to Bengali, English and Diasporic literature and translation work, including, most recently, the Kobi Jasim Uddin Award, 2019, and the Bangladesh Lekhika Shongho Award for Literature and Translation, 2017. She immigrated to Canada in 1982 and for the past thirty years has worked as an accredited interpreter/ translator. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
"Rummana Chowdhury has carefully crafted the short stories in this book. The emotions of women, the Liberation War of Bangladesh, the dilemma of diaspora and many other sentiments have been expressed with her lucid pen. Really worth reading!"
Nashid Kamal, academic, author, singer
"Dusk in the Frog Pond and Other Stories makes a thoughtful contribution to the growing literary collective of immigrant women's experiences, as well as adding a new facet to the substantial creative output of Rummana Chowdhury. These provocative stories follow Bangladeshi women as they navigate their roles and responsibilities as wives and mothers, through cultural displacement, psychological trauma and more, as they seek personal fulfilment and some control over their own destinies."
Kathleen M. O'Connell, author of Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet as Educator
"Fiction rich in ideas and ambience for one who loves journeying into a literary landscape on a quiet weekend. Rummana Chowdhury gives us one more treasure of stories rooted in heritage. Unputdownable, in simple terms."
Syed Badrul Ahsan, independent journalist and historian