Humayun Ahmed – the Captivating Story-teller

Humayun Ahmed (13 Nov 1948-19 Jul 2012). Portrait by Mashuk Helal.

Humayun Ahmed (13 Nov 1948-19 Jul 2012). Portrait by Mashuk Helal.

Today is the first death anniversary of Humayun Ahmed, the charismatic story-teller who has reigned in the country’s literary arena for  more than 3 decades.  His direct but subtle style of writing will catch the reader’s attention from the first sentence and first paragraph of his stories.  He is a magician of pen and pied-piper of the new generation.  In the book fair, you can easily recognize where Humayun’s books are sold by the number of the customers thronged in front the book stalls.  For buying a new novel you will have to rush earlier than it is placed to the book racks of the popular book stores.  He is the most popular writer, humorist dramatist, successful film maker and a secret painter.  He used to insert his own songs in the films that he made.  The artists who played in his films or drams could be a sure winner of prizes and recognition.  Most of his writings and movies dealt with the liberation war and the every day life the middle class people of the country.

Nonido Noroke (The Beautiful Hell) is his first successful novel.  The Story of a Mother and of a Moonlit Night (Josna O Jononir Golpo) is one of his most notable novels.  The most remarkable and prize willing films are: Aguner Poroshmoni, Shonkhoneel Karagar, Srabon Megher Din and Daruchini Dip.

Humanyun’s father was a police officer who was martyred in the Liberation War of Bangladesh (1971).  The son of a freedom-fighter, Humayun has reflected his agony in the stories and dramas which had great effect on the common people most of whom belong to the new generation.

Critics have many things to degrade his works, but as a reader, I find his writing very interesting, funny and also instructive in a funny way. Some people say his writings lack substance, but I think most people in our country has started reading with his novels. Therefore, he had a great role in bringing the reluctant people close to books.

Humayun has a great place in the heart of the common people, as his books made its place into many people’s shelves.  My tribute to this great soul on his first death anniversary.

Today’s News on Humayun: The Daily Star

I thought an English Blog Would be Nice :)

In my academic years, I had to write even if I did not enjoy everything I wrote. In my semi-professional period, I used to write a lot of memos and letters through emails. And when I entered a full-fledged professional life in 2002, my writing reached its peak. Well, there was a lot of risk as well – a slight mistake in language or spelling could cost my employer a good buyer.

But it is since 2004 that I started to write with a greater purpose. A purpose that liked most. From 2004 through 2010 I had been the head of an institution which accommodated one primary school and one high school along with a small clinic for children. Then, I wrote for my colleagues: I wrote lecture papers for teachers training, professional development, classroom management etc etc.  I wrote only what I felt and believed to be useful for my colleagues.

In the recent years, I am stationed in a further responsible post which is to develop guidelines, outlines, directions and policy papers for program management on education, healthcare, youth development etc.  I write reports of progress and success; case stories of the under-privileged people’s coming forward etc. All those writing I enjoyed, even if most of those were prescribed – but there was some noble cause propelling behind.

Furthermore, I have been writing blogs in my mother language quite in good numbers since last year.  In my busy professional life when chances for socializing is very few and difficult, it has been kind of pastime for me. I met a lot of friends here, albeit of my own language.  However, in writing blogs, I found that some of my thoughts could be written in English as well.  My English writings will help me meet my international friends and readers and will allow me enrich my knowledge.

So, with this very first English blog post, I invite my English-writing blog friends to join me. And I surely will follow every blog post that interests me.