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Author Azizul Jalil, a retired
civil servant and later a World Bank official who lives in Washington has
written his fourth book so far, a
collection of several esssays, titled, Tairo
Masher Shurjokiron (Thirteen Months of Sunshine). In the preface of the
book Jalil mentions Dr Khanadaker Shahidur Rab and Wajeda Jafar Rab for
translating most his essays.
This book is a colorful
description of his life’s checkered journey. Many of his essays here are
autobiographical in nature but they throw adequate light on social and
political aspects of days beginning from pre-partitioned India.
His essays are
drawn on wide canvas from rural Bengal to the making of Bangladesh. He mentions
with a sense of passion the rural Bengal, his journey on a bull cart or
watching the elders discuss about the forthcoming crops.
In this book he also talks about
the partition of India , a short-lived interest
in the then Pakistan , followed by the evolution of Bengali Nationalism,
eventually the liberation of Bangladesh . In this book he also mentions his
life abroad from Europe to Africa and finally to the USA.
This program narrates the story
of the making of this book as well as the events described in this book .