Many subjects to decorate a book
Main Uddin Ahmed tries to find out what was exceptional in Nirab's new book
Here comes Shahidul Islam Nirab again with a new book of his Bengali poems 'Sukh Dukher Pongtimala'. Published by Reuri Prokashon, the book is very much there at the Ekushey Book Fair in Bangla Academy from the very beginning of the International Mother Language Day program.
We asked an elderly litterateur: What is poetry? Glaring at us with his habitually strong personality, he smoothly but assertively replied: "Poetry is what a poet writes". His instant and excellent response charmed us very much. In his new book, Nirab accommodates poems of different tastes but love occupies him the most.
Shahidul Islam Nirab began the book with some kind of pleasant feelings of the dew morning observing diamonds on the green grasses. He ends the book describing own death process in installments caused by pains from the lost love. An expression indeed!
The society, child marriage, terrorism, humanity, nature etc came in his poems- directly or in symbolic ways. Those depict the poet's rise in a poetic and ornamental way. River and river banks, for logical reason, came in some of his poems, following the social and environmental aspects which prove further his consciousness.
Flowers also played a vital role in poetry making. The poem titled 'Sheikh Hasinar Proti' is an exceptional ones in this book. The poet writes, in English translation which stands as: "Sheikh daughter Sheikh daughter very good you right/Me a child in dark you are a light."
This poem seemed to us exceptionally special. We think the concerned person will also turn emotional by reading the poem. The poet, describing self as a child, urges the daughter of Bangabandhu:- "Sheikh daughter Sheikh daughter come once and view/ Our village Sonargaon waiting for you." This long poem narrates the whole-hearted call of the poet.
The book was devoted to Mr Nur-Alam Shikder and Principal Mohammad Fazlur Rahman and the cover drawn by Kabya Karim.We see the poet already began to draw much more readers by offering this nice book. We expect he can also do experiment on rhythm in future. Readers are waiting.
The reviewer is an Assistant Editor of The Asian Age