Laila Khondkar’s new book, Papua New Guinea: Shorgopakhir Desh (Mowla Brothers, 2021), recounts the author’s experiences in this Southwest Pacific country known for its cultural and biological diversity, home to more than 851 known languages, complemented by beaches, coral reefs and inland volcanoes. active.
A writer and development officer specializing in children’s rights, Khondkar studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In West Africa, Khondkar has conducted research on the intersection of AIDS and human rights. Her work has taken her across Australia, Liberia, England and Papua New Guinea, the latter having inspired her to write this book.
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Residing in Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Khondkar has witnessed exemplary examples of cultural diversity, friendship, natural beauty and ecological diversity. She writes about Van Gogh and Papua New Guinea’s culturally significant bilum string bags, the musical and cultural festivities she attended, and the socio-political norms she observed during her time there.
The book is priced at 240 BDT.
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