Abdur Rouf Choudhury
Abdur Rouf Choudhury was born on 1st March 1929 at Habiganj, in the district of Sylhet in what is now Bangladesh. His father Azhar Choudhury died when Abdur Rouf Choudhury was studying at class eight, and then he was brought-up by his uncle. After completion of high school, Abdur Rouf Choudhury studied for the Intermediate degree in the Brindaban College in Habiganj. He had to struggle for simple livelihood all through these years, supporting himself by giving private tuitions, and by taking up an assortment of odd jobs before graduation. Finally, Abdur Rouf Choudhury joined the Aushkandi English High School in 1948, where he worked until he joined Pakistan Air Force.
In 1962 he came to UK and lived here until he returned to Bangladesh in 1989. Though his first published article was an essay, Abdur Rouf Choudhury soon turned to Novel and short-story. The first novel, Notun Diganto (New Horizon) was published in 'Sylhete Daak' (London). The first story, Jhin (Ghost) was published in 'Jonomot' (London). Abdur Rouf Choudhury became popular mostly because of his eassys. Ekti Jatike Hatya was the first published collection. He was a prolific writer with some 35 short stories to his credit. Now all his short-stories are being brought out in a systematic collection.
The writer and philosopher Abdur Rouf Choudhury depicted a transparent portrait of modern Bengali life in home and abroad. He had a remarkable openness to modern Western culture and knowledge as well as Eastern. Choudhury made a lasting contribution to Bengali literature with his novels, short stories, travelogue, essays and his introspective autobiographical and epistolary works. Read More...