Shamim Ara Smriti’s ‘Ongona’ portrays struggles of a working woman | The Daily Star
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Shamim Ara Smriti’s ‘Ongona’ portrays struggles of a working woman

Shamim Ara Smriti started her writing career with the release of three books in the Ekushey Boi Mela 2015. Her three debut books, Je Byatha Ontorale, Morichikar Chhayatole and Fulkuri O Projapoti were praised by readers at the time. Since then, her books have been a constant in the book fairs.

This year, the author launched three books -- a poetry book titled Protibimbo, a short story collection titled Ekattorer Falgune, children's Esho Golpe Golpe Shikhi and a novel, Ongona at the Ekushey Boi Mela. She has also edited children's book, Bangabandhu Theke Bisshobandhu Sheikh Mujib.

The novel, Ongona portrays the struggles of Fatema, a hardworking and dedicated police officer. "This novel is about the honesty, strength, integrity and bravery that lies in a working woman," shares the author. "I hope it helps readers to realise the true challenges of a woman's life. We should never be indifferent about the daily struggles that eventually strengthens us."

Ongona is Smriti's thirteenth book. "I always try to incorporate the struggles of women in my writings. Most of my books are women-centric," she adds.

Besides writing, Smriti is passionate about poetry recitation. She is also a panel editor of the magazine, Bandhan, which comes out thrice a month, and a member of Bangladesh Civil Service, Audit & Accounts Cadre. She plans to write more books for the forthcoming Ekushey Boi Mela as well. Ongona, is available at the Bishwa Shahitya Bhaban stall (pavilion 24) for BDT 300.

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