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Contemplative glimpses and memories

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Bichitro Bhabna O Tukro Sriti (Scattered Pieces of Thoughts and Remembrances) is a compilation of memories by Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir who is currently holding the post of Additional Registrar at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. The content of this book focuses on the author's life-sketch encompassing his student life, his boyhood, interactions with relatives, memories with friends, travel stories and some more thoughtful points.

The author's awareness about the society around us, its anomalies and an appeal to overcome these inconsistencies have been reflected on the pages of this book. At the same time Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir has frequently traveled back and forth through ages comparing the past with present with dashes of regrets and joy both.

Having been working for a university for a long time, a remarkable part of this book makes references to academic things like admission tests, biographies of educationists, necessary educational reforms and some more similar things have made this book quite interesting to go through for people connected with teaching and learning, teachers and students to be more precise.

However, this book possesses the quality to fascinate readers from all walks of life as it highlights widely known matters like autism, popular festivals, expatriate Bangladeshis, bank loans, credit cards, Rohingyas, friendship, share markets, marriage ceremonies, social networks and so on. This variety of subjects that the author has touched upon has enriched this book with multilateral dimensions.

Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir, in my view, holds high honor for his teachers who taught him in school, college and university. For this reason, he has illustrated his memories with his teachers in nostalgic and respectful ways. According to this book, Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir is a very communicative person always interested to keep in touch with old friends and classmates.

In one of the essays in Bichitro Bhabna O Tukro Sriti, the author takes the readers back to his boyhood to show how Eid festivals were celebrated in Bangladesh around forty years back and in what ways those festivities differ from the present time. The plain but amusing way of living which people enjoyed in the past has much contrast with the mechanized lifestyle of today.

People in the previous decades used to spend a great deal of time with neighbors and relatives but at present everyone is so occupied with jobs and business that now we have very little time to spare for having a cup of tea with someone. The author is found feeling sad for such isolated way of living among people right now. Most of the people around us have become too self-cornered to extend friendly hands to others for hospitality in recent times.

A humanitarian urge is reflected in an essay which portrays the sufferings of Rohingya refugees who have moved into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence in their home country Myanmar. Some of the essays are written from business angles like those on stock markets and credit cards. The author has cautioned his readers to invest money in share markets very carefully to avoid losses. He has also called upon people not to run after quick profits through investments in stock exchange.

Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir paid tribute to prominent novelist Humayun Ahmed in this book. He has recalled his student life while he used to read Humayun Ahmed's books voraciously and he also wrote about some of his family members who are Humayun Ahmed's fans. Humayun Ahmed's books and television dramas held millions of people spellbound. Humayun Ahmed's death was a huge loss for the literary arena of Bangladesh, Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir has remarked.

Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir seems to be highly concerned about the rising percentage of broken families in one of his articles. Particularly, he has depicted the negative trend among today's young couples to break off which is a major reason behind unrest in a lot of families. The writer has suggested young people to make adjustment and compromise with their life partners for saving marital bonds and sustaining conjugal happiness.

The author has written about suicide too and he has emphatically stated that suicide is not at all a remedy for the complications people face in life. Rather support and guidelines from family members can terminate suicidal tendencies among people, most importantly youngsters. Parents should have closer relations with their children so that boys and girls do not feel depressed under any circumstances.

Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir broadly admires social networks, particularly facebook, for enabling people worldwide to initiate interpersonal communications. Facebook has got people from far-off parts of the globe close to one another. People can instantly share latest updates, feelings, video clips and photographs with friends through facebook round the clock and it has become an effective tool for preserving friendship by means of cell phones and computers.

Expatriates who live abroad and send money to Bangladesh play significant roles for the country's economic growth through their remittances. This point also has been addressed by Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir in this book.

As far as I know this is Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir's first book. I hope readers will find it interesting. We would like to warmly greet Syed Salim Muhammad Abdul Kadir on his entry into the cosmos of creative writing.


The reviewer is a literary analyst form The Asian Age

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