In the era of digitalisation and augmented reality, capturing the human imagination in pages has become quite challenging. Keeping that in mind, talented writer Mauli Azad, in her book ‘Boier Pata Shopno Bole’, took an attempt to grab the attention of the young generation.
The writer is the daughter of the legendary Humayun Azad. She was previously appreciated for her first memorial book, Humayun Azad Amar Baba, which was selected in the Prothom Alo’s ‘Top 10 Books’ in 2011, and was also honored with Natyashobha prize for the same book.
Mauli has achieved ‘Bishesh Bangabandhu Puroshkar’ in literature, from Kolkata, in 2018.
The title of Boier Pata Shopno Bole was taken from one of the lines of Humayun Azad’s poem, which was banned. Thisis the seventh book by Mauli -- consisting of nine different stories, relevant to today’s timeline. “It took me two years to complete the book,” says Mauli. “Teenagers are now habituated to the digital world, as they can get instant gratification from the internet.” She also mentions that her father’s book, Phuler Gondhe Ghum Ashena, inspired her a lot to start writing this book.
One of her stories, Trauma, focuses on the harassment that children often face. Amra Ghurey Darabo tells the tale of adolescents getting brainwashed, and stepping towards terrorism. “Stop War sheds light war children, and the catastrophic situation that they reside in.”
Boier Pata Shopno Bole, published by Agami Prakashani, is available in Pavillion 1 in the Ekushey Boi Mela for BDT 150. The cover of the book was designed by the popular artist, Dhruba Esh.