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.