When she was six years old, Ayesha was engrossed while she was watching an epic play, Behula. At that point, she did not know that Behula will be her muse one day. The Ballad of Ayesha tells the story of Ayesha's quest to find what happened to her husband Joynal Abedin, who worked in the Air Force. The original Bangla book is called Ayeshamangal.
After a military coup is thwarted, Ayesha received a letter stating her husband had been sentenced to death, convicted of insurgency. Twenty years later, she began her journey to find answers.
This novel which reflects the phenomenon of the newly created nation and the tales of its people is written by prominent writer Anisul Haque and translated by journalist Inam Ahmed. It is published by Harper Collins Publishers.