Humayun Ahmed is very successful as a short story writer

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Humayun Ahmed
Humayun Ahmed
No doubt Humayun Ahmed is very successful as a short story writer. When I was studying in Honors first year at Jagannath College, I first met Humayun Ahmed, the book through which I was introduced is called ‘Shankho Neel Karagar’. I was fascinated after reading ‘Shankho Neel Karagar’. I am very happy because I have never read a book like this before. After reading the book, I talked about it with my friend storyteller Shahidul Alam. Then he also reads the book and the two of us find out if Humayun Ahmed has another book.

At that time I was associated with the reading circle of Biswasahitya Kendra. Classic books were taught there, and they were discussed at the end of the reading. This was a discussion about books read every week. And at the end of these discussions, Abdullah Abu Sayeed would speak, then Abdullah Abu Sayeed would expand the boundaries of understanding as much as we understood about the books we read. So at one stage not only Humayun Ahmed’s writing, I read many more books at that time.

We can better understand that time and later, and it must be admitted that Humayun Ahmed had a great ability to tell stories. If you notice, whether it is a novel or a story, everywhere he is telling stories at every moment, creating stories in every chapter of the novel, creating stories within each character. This power was his. Coincidentally, for some time now I have been reading Humayun Ahmed’s latest novel ‘Deyal’ — Liberation War, Bangabandhu Assassination, before and after 15th August.

If the novel has been, has not been, where is the weakness, where is the strength, I would like to say without going into those discussions, there is an extraordinary story in each chapter of this novel. Wherever he is creating a character, or talking about it, he thinks of a story. And creating a situation in the mind of the reader that, to begin with, the novel must be read, must be finished.

Since I am writing about Humayun Ahmed today, I will not place him in the place of harsh criticism, I will just say that his infinite ability to tell stories is rare, at least in our country, in Bengali literature in Bangladesh.

Humayun Ahmed was very popular.No doubt Humayun Ahmed is very successful as a short story writer. But many judge the author based on whether the book is on the market. In fact, in my opinion, whether a book is cut or not, whether it is sold or not, a writer is not judged by all these. If you go to many countries of the world, you will see that billboard advertisement after billboard with books — there are bestselling writers all over the world, but literature cannot be considered only with popularity. I don’t think Best Seller Writer means he’s a great writer. We have confused the matter in our country. A bestseller is not a great writer.

All writers want to talk about life. Even after reading Humayun Bhai’s writings, we find that he also talks about life, the humor in his literature is extraordinary, but he always stays a little away from the seriousness that people have in their language, thoughts, and the thoughts or responsibilities that the writer has about them. I think so. After reading all his books, it seems that he went to a place with a sense of humor, a serious talk, but he avoided that place with a joke.

He did not deal with the deep places of our thoughts in life, he handled them, he showed us the way by creating new faces of human thought, he avoided them. He did not enter into many important thoughts of life. Great writers think deeply about those thoughts in our lives. But Humayun Ahmed did not do that, he skipped many serious issues with laughter and jokes. But it is also true that he has shown many aspects of our lives — the lives of boys, girls, people, especially the middle class.

Another thing is that those who are classics, the ones we read first, have to read, and inevitably — Manik, Bibhuti or Tarashankar, or Elias, or if we talk about Tolstoy or Dostoevsky, if we read their novels, the sentences are often quite long. Looking at Humayun Ahmed’s sentence, it can be seen that his sentences are not very long — it is important to think about shortening the sentence with a beard.

The fact that each of the great writers I mentioned, one sentence at a time, or sometimes more, has an effect on the mind of the reader. Trying to get into a long sentence by reading it over and over again, drowning in a thought, is a practice of thinking, but most of the time when the sentence gets shorter, if the reader gets the answer immediately, there is no room for his thoughts.
Great writers give us the opportunity to sink into that thought. Not only does it have to pass the reader, it also has to immerse the reader in a thought by holding the reader’s hand, and in fiction it is not done with short sentences. I must admit that he could have told a wonderful story, but after the end of the story, we should not be able to enter into any stability.
The thought that he would leave no stone unturned did not happen in my case after reading his book. And because he easily explained everything to the reader, but he gained readership in a short time. Humayun Ahmed easily gained popularity as he had to reduce the difficulty of the reader to read. Readers always have to take a preparation to read great writers. Apart from the classic writers, if we talk about Marquez at the same time, it can be seen that the reader gets a lot of thoughts when he enters into his story, the way to enter into the story is not very easy.
If the writer wants to go to popularity, if he wants to go to liquidity, that is a path, and if he wants to go into the deep exploration of life, that is also a path, the writer can always find a path as he wishes.Humayun Ahmed startles me, never thinks but does not give me stability. Don’t pull me, don’t grip me.But in the end I will say that there are many ways in art and literature. He became the king of the path that Humayun Ahmed wanted to take.Day by day I realized that Humayun Ahmed is very successful as a short story writer.

By: Parvez Hossain

Audio writing: Md. Masud Hossain