Syed Khaled Saifullah, might not be a name well known amongst Bangladeshi authors and writers, but his first published book 'Shahana - nama' has managed to catch readers' attention. Published by Barshadupur and launched at the Ekushey Boimela this year, 'Shahana-Nama' is a reflection of contemporary Bangladesh. "The story begins at a remote village where Shahana, a young local girl cooks for her houseguest," says Saifullah. "The guest is a progressive young man from Dhaka and as the story develops they end up having burgers at a fast-food street cart in Dhaka."
A perfect gift for Pahela Phalgun or Valentine's Day for a loved one, the theme of this love story would probably confuse readers, adds Saifullah. "Readers would probably try to figure out if the story is about love for food or the girl!" he says.
'Shahana-nama' has mouthwatering details of the food that the couple has on their routine dates and also captures the ambience of falling in love for the very first time -- illustrating the preparation, smells, presentation, taste of the food and of course the dozen red bangles worn by the young village beauty!
Clearly, 'Shahana-nama' will be a happy read for book-lovers, food-lovers, "and also for those who would like to read about love between two people," says Saifullah.
An avid reader, Saifullah also looks forward books at the Boimela this year, namely 'Adorsholipi' by Isteaque Ahmed, 'Unmade ek Jug' by Mehedi Haque and 'Ashok:grihomukhi boiraggyer golpo' by Anik Khan.