From Ernest Hemingway to Dan Brown to Tagore, Sharat Chandra to Zafar Iqbal, students name their favourite authors, novelists and how their writings have influenced their lives to New Age Youth.
Who is your favourite writer and why?
S.K. Govt. Girls’ High School, Manikganj
Favourite writer? That’s a difficult question for me because to me every writer has his/her own way of creation. Every writer has own way of thinking that intrigues me. But if I must choose one, I will name Zafar Iqbal and Rabindranath Tagore.
The first book (story) that I read was Rashed, My Friend. It was by Zafar Iqbal and there’s no shame in the fact that I cried hard, really hard reading the book. I couldn’t just comprehend the pain and suffering that the people of this country endured to liberate Bangladesh from the Pakistani regime. I cried when the armies killed Rashed. I cried when they killed our people. I was hit straight to my heart by the emotions that I felt about our liberation war. I cried more when I read the ending of that book. And from then on, I swore to be another Rashed, to serve our country, to save the significance of our independence. I was very young that time when I read the book for the first time. But I realised something at that young age. I should always raise my voice against evils. And I have been trying my hardest to do that.
Daffodil International University
Ahmed Sofa. The writer has the amazing quality of telling stories in the simplest language. He doesn’t preach. Yet he somehow manages to drag you into the story and reach your inner emotions. Specially after reading ‘Pushpo Brikkho O Bihongo Puran,’ I realised that the book has changed my perception towards life in a very positive way. I don’t think a lot of people possess the power to view life the way he did. If anyone wants to feel inspired, I highly recommend his books.
Samia Sultana Lira
University of Dhaka
One day a boy asked the priest that why do science and religion say about the creation of universe differently? Answer of priest was, ‘Good boys don’t talk like this.’ Though priest’s reply didn’t answer the question at all, but it helped a great deal because the boy he answered to was more eager to discover the truth behind the fact than to be a ‘good boy.’ The priest’s reply coined in his brain that there must be some gaps here and he started searching for the explanation of spirituality. The ‘not a good boy’ I’m talking about is Dan Brown, writer of the book ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ No doubt he is a great thriller writer, undeniably a magical storyteller with totally unpredictable climax, but the part about him is most striking to me is that he made me have love, curiosity and respect for every single branch of knowledge. Bodies of knowledge like geology, marine biology which I would find boring (with due respect) one time, proved to be of great interest for me after reading his book, ‘Deception point.’ With great wonder I discovered some bacteria illuminate in seawater, tactics of politics, geological strategies and workings of NASA’s. He makes me roaming in a number of historical places with his fictional character Robert Langdon, religious iconology and symbology professor of Harvard University and also introduces with some masterpiece works of talented artists. It may seem that his writings don’t have any kind of humor- plain literature with tons of information, but when you’ve done reading the book you’ll find he actually made a great practical joke, like he did in ‘Digital fortress.’ It’s not easy to name only one favourite writer. But if I do, Dan Brown would be on the top of the list, because for him I am able to regard knowledge as source of joy, not as a source of instrumental knowledge.
However, I have different favourite author for different part of my life. I loved Zafar Iqbal earlier. He gave me a childhood, reading his young adult novel I was not only entertained, but also incited in me a sense of humanity, consciousness, reasoning and most importantly deep feeling for my country.
‘The old man and the sea’ by Ernest Hemingway made me look into life differently. If I hadn’t read this book, my insight into life might have been different, specially that moment when the old man after having a great toil reached the shore finding that the fish he caught was already devoured by hungry fishes. He was not frustrated, instead, he hoped for a new journey to the ocean! Zahir Raihan gave me goose bumps with the last line of his novel ‘Arek Falgun.’ Begum Rokaya impressed me with her logical interpretation of social norms.
If it’s raining outside, you are half-lying in your bed with a book of Rabindranath Tagore. In my view, there is no other way more appropriate to celebrate rain than this. Again I must have to tell about Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya where I find noticeably strong female characters which is absent in Tagore.
I am not an avid poetry reader except for our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Recently I’ve started reading a book named ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari, a history professor and I assume he too will soon be included in my favourite writer list.
Ashikur Rahman Radh
Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology
First of all I’m a fiction lover. Most of the books, I read are novel. But I don’t like romantic or dramatic ones. I’m more of a thriller fiction lover guy. Especially I’m very much fond of ancient or historical fictions. I like those ancient kings and queens and how they ruled their kingdom. These stories of winning a throne or commanding a war just thrill me. The only novelist I’ve found who can satisfy me by his historical fiction writing is Wilbur Smith. Wilbur Smith is a South African novelist specialising in historical fictions. His writings are mostly about ancient South Africa. He has an amazing power of writing. When you start reading one of his novels, the story is so captivating that you will discover yourself inside the novel. Everything will seem real just like happening in front of your eyes. If you are a historical fiction lover like me then Wilbur Smith is the perfect novelist for you. Finally if you have watched ‘Game of Thrones’ and liked it then you will also like Mr. Smith’s The Ancient Egypt series.