”AMAR JIBON AMAR JUDDHO” A BRIEF EVALUATION
Ashraf Hussain Chowdhury : The book entitled ”Amar Jibon Amar Juddho” written by Brigadier General Jubayer Siddique (Rtd) embodies the writer’s childhood days, his reminiscence of college days and his experience of professional life. A reader may find it as an autobiography but it appears to be an interesting travelogue of a person having immense professional experiences. The author goes on narrating the events that he confronted with courage and utmost patience. He has been successful in presenting all his pleasant memories and bitter experience effortlessly. The most striking aspect of the book is that no sign of exaggeration has been noticed here. The author has tried to share his ideas with the readers spontaneously using lucid language. There has been no metaphorical language that might have made his narration a little bit complicated. The writer has presented this book for the general public and that is why this book has been appreciated by all ardent readers. I have read this book with rapt attention. In addition to these, some photographs appended here in this book have made his description quite vivid and convincing. These rare images reflect his indomitable spirit for visiting the spectacular spots. Readers may find it quite enjoyable and feel an urge to visit the eye-catching spots as narrated by the author. His realistic details of different operations abroad and his endeavours along with his friends to escape from the imprisonment in Pakistan by digging a tunnel have been highly commendable. In his writing, he mentioned how our army officers were ill-treated and tortured to death by Pakistani officers.
Brig General Jubayer Siddique has expressed his profound respect for his beloved parents recollecting some incidents. He has upheld the image of his teachers especially Principal Solman Chowdhury, Professor Muffazal Karim, Professor Sudhir Chandra and others. The author has skillfully depicted the panoramic view of M.C College, Sylhet. The tranquil atmosphere of the college left a formative influence on the minds of the students who had a deep sense of inquisitiveness.
His joining the armed forces has also been narrated in a very crystal clear way. Though there had been discrepancy during the process of requirement in the army during pre-liberation period, the steadfast would be young officer impressed the interviewers by dint of his merit and personality. He was assigned with different tasks which he performed displaying his inborn talents. While he was in Pakistan during 1971, he experienced mental agony for his beloved country and family. He tried with all his might to join the liberation war but destiny had been against him. Later he came to Bangladesh and joined Bangladesh Army. He did his assigned responsibilities with all honesty and sincerity.
Going through the book, one can have some vivid ideas about the operation ÒDesert StormÓ when the author was performing duties during the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. He gave us a description of the biting cold that they endured in the desert. He also commented on the eating habits of the people of China mentioning some items which are totally forbidden in our meals from the religious point of view. The writer has expressed his sense of humour and made us laugh. He never felt reluctant visiting England, Austria, the United States of America , Italy, Canada, Germany and India.
He recollected the death of his affectionate mother who played a significant role in moulding his life. The sudden demise of his mother shattered him and he tried to find solace quoting the lines of the poems composed by poet Asafuddowla. The book has been divided into different chapters and each chapter
deals with different subject matter. Still then the note of coherence has been meticulously maintained by the writers. The author is to be applauded for his flawless narrative style. Subjectively viewed, it is a memoir but objectively viewed, it is a precious documentation for the persons who are found glued to the informative and interesting books.
He had been to Bogra, Dhaka, Chittagong, Jessore, Comilla cantonments assuming responsible positions. He proved his worth as competent officer of Bangladesh Army. In 1998 he was appointed Chairman, Bangladesh Tea Board. In the following year he got retirement after serving the armed force for a period spanning over 32 years. Now the author is working as the Principal of this college. His contribution to the field of education is quite conspicuous. He is a regular contributor to different dailies and magazines.” Amar Jiban Amar Juddho” is indeed a superb creation of a writer who has aptly used pens and arms simultaneously. I wish the wide circulation of the book and expect more books from an experienced personality like him in the years ahead.
Ashraf Hussain Chowdhury