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Mohammad Daniul Huq :
Sarder Jayenuddin (1918-1986) fiction writer, was born in a peasant family in the village of Kamarhati in Pabna. His real name was Muhammad Jayenuddin Biswas. After Matriculating from Khalilpur High School in 1939, he studied IA at Edward College, Pabna. In 1941 he started working as a clerk for the army. Subsequently, he worked on the staff of the Dainik Pakistan, Sangbad, Ittefaq and Bangladesh Observer, and also at various institutions such as the Bangla Academy, National Book Centre, and Bangladesh Textbook Board etc.
He retired in 1980. From 1955-56, he also edited the Setara and Shahin, children's magazines published by the Pakistan Cooperative Book Society.
Jayenuddin became popular initially for his collection of short stories, Nayan Dhuli (1952). His other anthologies include Bir Kanthir Biye (1955), Kharasrot (1955), Bela Banerjeer Prem (1968) and Ostoprohor (1973). He also wrote a number of novels, among them Nil Rong Rokto (1956), Pannamati (1964), Adigonto (1965), Onek Suryer Asha (1966), Begum Shefali Mirza (1968) and Bidhyosto Roder Dheu (1975). He also wrote two books for children titled Ulto Rajar Desh and Obak Obhijan.
Jayenuddin was inspired by social and political concerns in his writings.
He portrayed contemporary society and strove for the welfare of the general masses. Onek Suryer Asha, about the hopes that attended partition, merited him the Bangla Academy Award (1967). He also received the Adamjee Literary Prize (1967) for fiction.
He breathed his last in Dhaka on 22 December 1986.

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