The publication of the Dancing in the Rain and Other Essays by Azizul Jalil by the University Press Limited is a commendable one. Azizul Jalil has been a prolific writer in Dhaka newspapers and magazines, although he lives in Washington since 1971.
He has carved out a niche for his writings among readers.
Dancing in the Rain and Other Essays is his third one, the first two books of collection of essays, namely Turbulence and Tranquility and Where the Angels Fear to Tread. Each title engages a reader intensely with his captivating writings. The present title consists of 103 pages with 25 chapters each chapter dealing with a story.
Jalil is able to bring all the essays together by drawing deftly his life experience and historical records. In each essay, Jalil grippingly tells his characters in a way that one is compelled to read from start to finish.
He has been utterly extraordinary in depicting vivid pictures of his characters, no one can forget. The result is a narrative tapestry we can see the whole of it after we complete reading all the essays. In an exclusive brief review on the book, the author Azizul Jalil speaks on the genesis and the content of the book.