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01:38 PM, April 13, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:41 PM, April 13, 2021

Shahosro Shumon’s new book on the relativity of success

Poet and novelist, Shahosro Shumon, who has recently met with great acclaim following his poem, "E jatray beche gele", has published a new book on the relativity of success and how modern society has come to measure it in monetary terms. Shumon highlights the disparities in living standards between different classes, and the direct connection between social background and economic success.

Safalatar Apekkhikota (Tamralipi Prokashoni, 2021) is divided into 20 chapters, each providing context for the current situation of our country, as well as possible solutions for future policymakers to adapt. For a better, more distributive development, Shumon writes, one must first root out the problems that beset the corporate world. He emphasises that mentality and the very mindset one goes into adult life with is deeply flawed. Success is measured in economic terms, in terms of how "strong" one's character is or how much purchasing power one has. Failure, on the other hand, is tied to academics. Failure is tied to utility, failure is not following strictly the path outlined for all. We have created and continue to contribute to an imbalanced environment, where opportunities are reserved for few, where medication, education, and communication are only for the privileged and those who grind through the process.

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A Public Administration postgraduate from the University of Exeter, Shahosro Shumon suggests that success can exist in "failure," that one can feel successful without the prerequisite of having large liquid assets waiting in the bank. If one's rights and security are provided for by the government, he stresses, the idea of success can move beyond current social norms. Safalatar Apekkhikota harkens back to Einstein's theory of relativity—everything save for the speed of light is relative in this universe, as is the definition of success.

The book is available for purchase on Rokomari.com.

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