Headline April 30, 2017/ ''' BANGLADESH'S ROSES BOULEVARDS '''



THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY :  and every student  from ................ *Proud Pakistan* joins me in  paying respects to:

Her Excellency Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina  Wajed  and through her,  the kind, forgiving, and beautiful  people of Bangladesh.

*Merium, Rabo, Zilli, Shahzaib/US,  Eman/LUMS,  Bilal/US,  Vishnu/India, Haanyia, Ayaan Baluch,  Toby/China, Faraz Majeed, Umer Khan, Zara, Dee/ to ensure the Prime Minister is informed. 

DHAKA : Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims- Finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society.

And yet his tales of lovers whispering  sweet nothings  between calls to prayer sold millions in the 1980s and proved a huge hit among young women from Bangladesh's rural, conservative heartland.

Now his work is undergoing something of a renaissance as Bangladesh slides from the moderate Islam worshipped for generations to a more conservative interpretation of the religion.

*''Girls wrote me love letters with ink dipped in their own blood. Some were desperate to marry me,'' Abubakar said, recounting his surprise at young women making a traditional gesture of intense devoution to a greying author*.

His debut novel,  Futonto Golap  *The Blossomed Rose* , written more than decades ago , has spawned an entire genre of fiction ringed with Islamic values.

Abubakar was inspired to take up the pen in the late 1970s, when as a bookseller he lamented that most novels obsessed with the cosmopolitan lifestyles of modern, elite Bangladeshis.

These secular tales were a world removed from the largely rural and pious village existence lived by the majority of Bangladesh's  160 million people, and Abubakar sensed a gap in the market ripe for his fiction.  

He tapped into a new readership that nobody thought existed before,'' said Bangladeshi journalist  Qadaruddin Shishr

'' In villages, Abubakr's novels are the best gift a young lover can give to his fiancee.''

Abubakar wrote the      The Blossomed Rose       a story about two very mismatched young Muslims seeking consent for marriage from their families   -by hand in 1978, but it took almost a decade for a publisher to even look at it.

''They told me that  mullah novels.'' don't sell,'' he said.
Eventually he sold the copyright for mere  1,000 Taka  {12.50 dollars and became an overnight sensation.

*Since his breakthrough, Abubakar has written dozen of works most around the mosque, veiled women and wayward youth abandoning so-called corrupt lifestyles after finding religion*.

Secular activists fear creeping conservatism could unwind many of the gains made by impoverished nation in improving school attendance and gender equality.

An ever increasing number of students attend madressahs in Bangladesh, where Abubakar's books have  ''become a favourite,'' said fellow author Syed Mazharul Parvez.

''They can relate to these stories and are comfortable with the settings and language their protagonists speak,'' he said.

Abubakar has inspired a new generation of Bangladeshi writers who are finding success with their own contemporary brand of Islamic fiction.

Popular writers like Abdus Salam Mitul, Kawser Ahmed and Abdul Alim ecohed Abubakar in their tales of  ''piety'', conservative attitudes and decency'' and Abubakar's son Mohammad Saifullah a Ghaks based publisher.     

Mitul shot to fame in the 2000s with his own story about a  burqa-clad girl reminiscent of  Abubakar's  breakthrough  The Blossomed Rose.

''I think a lot of people still think it was written by mu father. But it was Mitul's work and it sold tens of thousands of copies,''Saifullah joked;

Aspiring author  Abdul Alim said  Abubakar's works had motivated his own plotlines   -moral tales that in the end showed  ''Islam had the answers'' for society's ills.  

""He's such a talented storyteller. He showed us the way,'' Alim said of Abubakar.

For Abubakar his fans keep him busy even two years into retirement. At a bookstore recently  the octogenarian signed autographs for his readers, many women in full face-veils clutching his titles.

The fan mail keeps his postman busy, too. Apart from the marriage proposals and overtures of love, Abubakar has received confessions, from corrupt bureaucrats thanking him for steering them down the honest path,he said.

''Everyday the postman would arrive and hundred's of letters. He became a  permanent member of our family, Abubakar said.

With respectful and loving dedication to great childhood and personal Bangladeshi friends, and in many cases, when they have passed away,  to their very fond memories: 

Rehmat Ali/US,  Saif ul Azam, Syed Ziauddin Ahmed,  Azad`Ayub      ,............... Meezan-ur-Rehman,   Fazal-ur-Rehman,     Naqeeb ur Reman,................... [Fakhrul Azam/Former Air Chief],   Marghub Hussain-

See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' Romance & !WOW! '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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