Anisul Hoque gained popularity as an author through his many articles, short stories and books. His repertoire also includes poems and scripts for tele-fictions and films. He intends to write about issues and subjects that will be talked about both in Bangladesh and among the Bangla speaking populace in other countries. Hoque has won several accolades for his writings, including the Bangla Academy award. The book, 'Ei Pothe Alo Jele' – the fourth in a volume, is one of the most noteworthy releases by the author. In a recent chat with The Daily Star, he talks about his new books, the Ekushey Boi Mela and more.
Tell us about the theme of Ei Pothe Alo Jele.
Based on true events, the book is set against the backdrop of the mass uprising in 1969. It depicts the common people's struggle for Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's unconditional bail in 1971. This February marks the 50th anniversary of his bail. Needless to say, it is a really special book. I would also like to mention that the fifth and final piece of work in this volume will be a 500-page novel, based on Bangladesh's emergence from 1971 to 1975. I plan to release all the volumes together in one book comprised of 1,500 pages.
How are your readers responding to the book so far?
The response to the book has been incredible. It is not only attracting the attention of my long-time fans, but also new readers. As an author, that is the greatest gift for me.
What are your thoughts on this year's Ekushey Boi Mela?
I love coming to the Ekushey Boi Mela throughout the month. I think that the organisers have done a great job this year. It feels great to see thousands of people coming to the fair to spend time in the company of books and their favourite authors with a patriotic zeal.
What can you tell us about some of your other books at the fair?
My book titled, Bangabandhur Jonno Bhalobasha, published by Pearl Publications, will be released soon. I have also written a young-adult novel. Another book, Shofol Hote Jaan, has garnered a good response at the fair as well.