Anupam Debashis Roy is known for being someone who "tells it like it is". The writer and political activist's release in this year's Ekushey Boi Mela, Not All Springs End Winter, draws parallels with the recent student movements – The Shahbagh, No VAT on education, quota reformation and safe roads – to the historic movements of '52, '69 and 90'. "I was only an SSC student when the Shahbagh movement escalated, and was utterly fascinated by it," says Anupam, who graduated in International Affairs from Howard University. The writer consequently started his research in 2015, aided by distinguished names like Dr Ali Riaz and Rownak Jahan. "Not All Springs End Winter is essentially an extension of my dissertation paper. I wanted to write a 'guidebook' on how to start a movement, based on my own observation on how they work."
The book is also available in Bangla as Kalker Andolon, Ajker Andolon, which uses a different cover and outlook. "I wanted the Bangla translation to be accessible to all who read it," said Anupam, who opted for two of his students to translate the book in an easy to understand way.
Both of the versions of the book are published by Adorsho Publications, and are available at their stall in the Ekushey Boi Mela (421-424). Not All Springs End Winter is available at a discounted price of BDT 300, and is also available internationally on Amazon Kindle.