Every human being has some exciting memories of their childhood. These infancy memories are always unforgettable to us. We did many restlessness activities like playing with friends in the class break, making fun with the teachers, laughing, gossiping, travelling, chasing and fighting with friends etc. Writer Mostafa Mahathir portrayed this kind of childhood restlessness activities of some young and juvenile boys in his novel Shobuje Shurjodoy. They were too little in their age; but they have full of patriotism in their heart that they could not fear risking their life to participate in the Freedom War. Instead of taking books, papers and pens, they took guns and rifles in their hands. The writer depicted the backdrop of our Great Freedom War of 1971 in his novel.
Shobuje Shurjodoy by Mostafa Mahathir was published in June, 2018 by Sahos Publications. Mostafa Mahathir is a novelist, short story writer and a poet. He is also the co-editor of a renowned teenage magazine. Shobuje Shurjodoy is his first published novel.
Though this novel is written in the background of the Freedom War, writer specially highlighted the part of the Chittagong war. He also portrayed the natural beauty of Chittagong. He mentioned the Chengi River here. We see the Shantipur and the Ganjapara village which are civilized beside the two sides of this river. We also see the life of the villagers which is tiding with the wave of the rivers. We can realize that situation of the war in these kind of hillside areas are not same as the other parts of the country.
The story goes forward with a flock of courageous characters like Sohan, Rahul, Mishu, Adil, Saju, Sohel, Rakib and Liton. Mitul and Jatin Da characters give the story a beautiful touch. Liton is studying in the same class for two years because of his failure. He is totally inattentive in the class. He was passing his days in gossiping and doing restlessness activities with his friends. He has a good knowledge at politics too. We see that he is different from the other boys of the class. This is why he can be one's favourite person from the beginning of the story. We see another character named Adil who is the first boy as well as participates in other activities too. Sohan and other characters also took a vital role in this novel.
Their life was passing with pleasures and entertainments; but suddenly an ominous shadow had covered the country. Everybody wanted Bengali's independence and liberation; the demand became stronger. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his famous declaration on March 7, "The struggle this time is for emancipation. The struggle this time is for independence. All the young and old left the house and sacrificed their lives to liberate the country. Liton was one of those. He never hesitates to sacrifice his life for his country.
Like the various places of the country, Pakistani militaries set up their base camp in Chittagong too. Liton also started fighting against the invaders with Mitul Bhai and Jatin Da. Adil, Sohan and the rest were not staying at home. They, too, began to help Liton and other fighters in various ways.
It was the month of December. In many places of the country, the Pakistani soldiers had already been lost. But Chittagong was not yet liberated. Meanwhile, Mitul Bhai lost a leg in the frontal battle and he had to return at home. Liton, Jatin Da and the rest of the warriors were committed to free the last base of the invaders from the land of Chittagong.
Adil and Sohan crossed the dangerous path in the darkness of the night and helped carrying their weapons. It was very difficult to say good bye to them but they had to say it; and to leave the place. No one knows if they will ever be able to meet together or not. In the next morning, they woke up and heard the news about the previous night's fight through the radio. What was in that news? Could they able to liberate the Chittagong that night? Were they could return to the home with the wreath of flowers? If you want to know, you should read the novel Shobuje Surjodoy by Mostafa Mahathir. I hope his lucid narration and the enchanted tone will make you charmed.
The reviewer is a poet, writer and literary critic