Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, May 26, 2017 01:30:26 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Book Review

‘Kaler Nirantar Jatra’

By
03rd-Apr-2015       Readers ( 995 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

reflects the living  memories of a former bureaucrat :
Published by Palok Publishers. 179/3, Fakirerpool, Dhaka 1000. ISBN 9789849097143
The author had the rare opportunity to closely observe the techniques and strategies how  a developing nation is governed being a personal secretary of a President and a Prime Minister which has added a special aspect to his bureaucratic career and it has been recorded in this book. Professor Moonjurul Islam of DU has gone through the whole text in one night as he has said in the launching ceremony alluring the readers. The book is really so.  The slanting trend of quality service in the management of administration and values has made the author  concerned which  get reflected in the pages of this book along with his thoughts how to get out of it. His bureaucrat colleagues who happened to be in the administration of different tires will find pleasure eyeing on the pages as the pages will bring them back to their glorious days and also find a different picture of present day administration. From the then East Pakistan there were 209 CSPs ( Civil Service  of Pakistan) till 1971  and out of them 128 are alive till January 2015 when this statistics was released in the book launching ceremony by Abu Hena , Ex-Chief Election Commissioner and Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan .He also let us know that the write was the   last batch of CSPs and he used to work with him as  commercial councilor  when Abu Hena was the ambassador of Japan. Abu Hnea rightly said that the writer retains the credit of attracting Japanese investors toward Bangladesh but he has not mentioned it in the book proving his reticent quality.
The author as a bureaucrat came into contact with the people from lowest to the highest strata of the society which gave him ample opportunity to learn their philosophy of life, mentality and simplicity and the cleverness of the people sitting at the highest tier of the state and what shrewdness they apply to get things done. The early life of the author, his higher education at Dhaka University, experience as its teacher, closer observation, memories of Humayn Ahmed, thoughts, limitations coupled with this education abroad and assignment in foreign mission have found their place in the lines of this books tending to further enrich the text  and saturating   it with  different taste for the readers of all segment of educated populace.
When a family experiences the lack of values, it surely witness disasters of various kinds. In the same way, if we consider a state as a family, it also embraces the same fate. His rare experience in the field administration as SDO, DC and Divisional Commissioner has given the book a living example of the field administration, its relations with the government and the highest tier of state administration and also the links with the simple and common people who constitute the significant segment of citizenry.  He has drawn the picture of the university campus during 1960s and also a contrasting picture which we meet today in the campus giving us ample food for thought. He has tried to measure the time utilising the standard of gold.
In his bureaucratic and diplomatic career as commercial councilor in Bangladesh Embassy in Japan he has been admonished and not rewarded always but did not linger this point and these phenomena don't appear in the book as significant features. He took things easily and as usual part of human life which many people actually cannot digest. Their anger and frustration get evaporated through their writings or works.  To attract successfully the business tycoons of Japan to Bangladesh, the writer was the chief instrumental figure. He raised the issue before the ambassador who supported, adored and finally helped implement their plan. But to speak the truth, the author has not included this point. He does not feel to express his own credit but we came to learn from the then ambassador and he requested the writer to include this fact in the coming portion of the book.
When suspense came in a chapter he just turns back quickly to another field. This might be his individual technique. In one chapter we get the description that he established Dhaka Forum along with some of his fellow retired colleagues to find out a solution to political chaos of the country. Suddenly, he turns toward his daughter's giving birth to a child. Some of the incidents have been written a little bit haphazardly. If they could have been neatly arranged, the book might see further classical touch. He has employed a number of similes in the book.  The administration of the state has been compared to the heart, lungs and pancreas of human body. To learn their activity and importance X-ray is necessary.  In the same way to know the importance of sound administration of the state we must have inner sight and far-sight which proclaims absent in today's administration. Sound administration has become torn and broken by the touch of politics. Passed memories make him indifferent like uncontrolled fresh air of the sea beach is another simile which he has employed in his write-up as a mature literary figure when he was in the Urbana Champagne campus of Illinoi University. Like a dexterous writer he has been present in all the chapters but has surrendered him to the events and self-speaking. Though he has described the Urbana Champagne, Seattle, Japan and the culture, memories of these places, his scholarly touch in Chemistry has been emerged in the book unconsciously surfacing the fact that he had been a successful Chemistry teacher as well.
He has drawn a contrasting picture of the behaviour of the doctors of USA and Bangladesh. The smiling face and cordial behaviour of a doctor can lessen much pain of a patient which Bangladeshi doctors don't want to know and utilise with some rare exception but the author met this situation in the USA. He comments we may be financially poor but our doctors should not be mentally poor as well. Doctors' good behaviour is the first and very important treatment of any disease which we all feel but not the doctors. Medical Council of developed countries observe not only the professional ability but also conduct and behaviour of the doctors. If ranking of the doctors is detected below the desired standard, their certificate gets cancelled. Like a close observe of the society, he has penned down whatever he experienced at home and abroad, as a government official, as a father and as a grandfather making his chapters palatable with a tasty juice.
The book is a mixture of author's travelling, boyhood experience and the peculiar experiences of administration in the field and highest tier. These diversified phenomena have been embanked within 316 pages dividing it into twenty-eight chapters.  
-Reviewed by Masum Billah

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

FDI flow low despite policy support


A recently held dialogue organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AMCHAM) revealed that the country is not getting foreign direct investments (FDIs) at an expected level in spite of the government's numerous initiatives to give easy access to such investment opportunities. Whether or not these 'initiatives' are ...

Entertainment »

`Baahubali: The Conclusiuon` all set to release in China


After conquering global Box-Office with staggering numbers, SS Rajamouli's magnum opus ' Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' is now all set to release in China.  Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news of the release on his Twitter handle. He wrote, "Lots of speculation about #Baahubali2 release in China... The ...

City »

Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue Center formed a human chain in front of Aparajeya Bangla of Dhaka University on Thursday marking birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.


.

International »

Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin, praises Merkel


AP, Berlin :Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his "favorite partners" during his presidency.Security was tight in front of the German capital's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where Obama and Merkel appeared ...

City »

Law Commission submits annual report to President


Law Commission submitted its Annual Report-2016 to President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here on  Wednesday afternoon.A four-member delegation, led by its Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque, submitted the report to Abdul Hamid, President's Press Secretary told BSS.Justice Khairul Haque apprised the President of the commission's overall activities and its ...

Entertainment »

Kriti reminisces her journey as Heropanti completes 3 years


Kriti Sanon went down a nostalgia trip as her debut movie Heropanti has completed 3 years yesterday. The beautiful actress recollected memories from her past for completion of 3 years of Heropanti. She terms her journey as the most special one of her life. Kriti took to twitter sharing, “3 ...

International »

Pope urges Trump to use his presidency for peace


AFP, Vatican City : Pope Francis urged Donald Trump to use his US presidency for peace as two leaders who have sparred repeatedly through the media finally met in a Vatican encounter that ended in broad smiles, for the cameras at least.Trump's audience with the pontiff, a keenly-anticipated highlight of his ...

International »

Xi urges Taiwan business lobby to back 'one China' principle


Reuters, Beijing :Chinese President Xi Jinping urged a business lobby for Taiwan enterprises on the mainland to support the "one China" principle and contribute to unity between Beijing and Taipei, state media said on Wednesday.China regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be recovered by force if necessary, after defeated ...

Editorial »

Chaos at Islami Bank is not to the nation`s interest


THE unrest in the Islami Bank -- the largest and most profitable bank in the country just over five months of its change over to a new management and ownerships liquidating the control of Jamaat people on the bank just shows the ominous sign of greater destabilization within the bank. ...

Cricket »

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma (center) Parthiv Patel (left) and bowling coach Shane Bond pose for a picture with the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophies from last three wins after a press conference after their IPL 2017 win in Mumbai, India on Monday.


City »

Jatiya Press Club General Secretary Farida Yasmin was accorded a grand reception for achieving US Special Congressional Award at the Jatiya Press Club Auditorium yesterday. Chief Guest of the function Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu along with BFUJ Secretary General Omar Faruk and other special guests seen handing over the citation crest.


Entertainment »

Half Girlfriend is Shraddha`s fourth best opening


Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor starrer Half Girlfriend has raked in a whopping 10 crores of moolah at the box office on its day one. This is Shraddha’s fourth best opening after Ek Villain, ABCD 2 and Baaghi, also withstanding the fact that all these films opened to a two ...

International »

Trump plays up ME peace hopes after talks with Abbas


Reuters, Bethlehem : US President Donald Trump talked up the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday, saying he believed both sides were committed to an historic deal, but he offered no concrete proposals on how to get there.After an hour of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ...

International »

Outgoing WHO Chief says world 'better prepared' for health crises


AFP, Geneva  :The World Health Organization's outgoing chief Margaret Chan defended her legacy Monday, insisting the world had become better prepared to face health emergencies like Ebola on her watch.In her final address to WHO's member states, Chan acknowledged that mistakes had been made during her decade at the helm, ...

Editorial »

Police can`t commit excesses like politicians


MEMBERS of law enforcement agencies or police for that matter surely have the professional right to conduct search operations based on accurate tip-offs but that doesn't mean it can wreak havoc and cause chaos in the name of such professional duty. The police search operations at main opposition party BNP ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news