By Sanaul Mostafa
Genre: Fiction| Price: Rs 180.00| ISBN 978-93-87855-73-1| Binding: Paperback
The third novel of Sanaul Mostafa entitled ‘Pagol Mon’ which was penned in the backdrop of the Bangladesh War popularly known as Mukti Juddho. Mukti Juddho tells the tale of the emergence of a race, gradually. Although we cannot fathom the movement of the waves of the great oceans, we are ignorant about which shores they touch, yet we can feel their flow. Our Mukti Juddho is akin to that. When and who it has swayed, how deeply it has affected men, has no been revealed in its entirety even after 50 years. Similarly Sanaul Mostafa’s ‘Pagol Mon’ is a revelation of things unknown. The novel pivots around a teenager amidst a population of seven and a half lakhs. Mukti Juddho has been witnessed through his eyes, comprehended and experienced by him. The teenager’s grandma has been kidnapped and then killed brutally, the other members of the family are running helter- skelter to save their lives. Every day is a painful wait for the near and dear ones. In the midst of this rests the struggle for survival. The familiar people become strangers and the unfamiliar come close to one’s heart. The pangs of a sister turning to be a woman, the loss of homes of the Hindus have been portrayed by the author with dexterity. However it is worth mentioning that the novel has for its inspiration the eccentric Sattar’s ‘Pagol Mon’ – implying the mind that is bereft of fear, the mind that knows no bounds. These are the men who have offered their blood for the independence of Bangladesh. This book celebrate s their sacrifice and is also dedicated to two of the martyrs – Maizuddin Fakir and Nanigopal, names which have not been mentioned in the annals of history. The book is a truthful rendition which will enable us to cast a new look at the Mukti Joddhas, men who laid down their lives for their motherland.