January 2021 has come. We used to celebrate your birthday in January. January 18. Many times you would give me menus and expenses on your own initiative. What a joy then. Ah! No! Now there is no joy. Ahajabir around Corona. Besides, those who were happy around you are Revered Runu Siddiqui Khalamma, Shamsun Nahar Paran Apa, Sabera Hossain Khalamma, Faziltul Kadar Khalamma. All of you are passengers of the same boat. Another man’s resident today.
The melody of Jaganmayamitra seemed to resound in the depths of the heart-
How far are you today?
Apa, are you really away from me now? I don’t think so. The mind says-
‘You are not in sight,
You have taken that place in the middle of your eyes. ‘
Really so. You Begum ‘Fahmida Amin’ is not just mine; Our place has always been in the hearts of all the people of Chittagong who are involved in various organizations of literary education, culture and social service. Just what they are! Your relatives were dear to everyone. I think the favorite of 6 brothers-in-law and 3 nuns is big. Numerous admirers with that. Every Eid, I used to sit at your Sher Shah Colony house regularly with them.
Apa, I have been on my way with you since the early 90’s. Which was continued until your death. 26 consecutive years. Think! I haven’t seen you in so many ways for so many years. I know. I am the eldest of the sisters. I got that big sister’s sadha on my head by getting you. You have known life with your genuine love, affection, instruction, command-advice, difference between good and evil almost hand in hand. You were the lifelong founding president of the Chittagong Writers’ Association. Former president and long time advisor of Chittagong Ladies Club. Gave shade like a banyan tree. Stay together with you at the conference of Bangladesh Writers Association held in Dhaka, at the conference in Sylhet. Those rare and sweet memories! Death is still in my heart like a star.
I wondered where Sher Shah Colony was. He used to attend various meetings, meetings of the association and seminars at the right time by rickshaw. Learning and seeing from you what punctuality is. Ratnagarbha mother. Mother of six sons. They are all one piece of diamond. Colonel Ershad was lost forever in the Peelkhana tragedy. Others are scattered in the country and abroad, shining in their own glory. They have further glorified the glory of ‘Amin Paribar’ with their deeds. The daughter of Khulna, the bride of Mirsasarai, the well-known Ramya writer, social worker and organizer of Chittagong In all cases you are successful. Married while studying in 8th class, mother of six children. By keeping the worldly religion, the children have been educated in real education. He himself has taken the highest degree of the university. The more I saw you, the more I was fascinated. I remember the lyric of the song ‘How do you sing, O Guni’. You wouldn’t sing. He cooked well, weaved wool, and spoke in a more beautiful, interesting, and juicy way. When you stood in front of the mic, the audience would sit motionless. That wonderful speech to listen to you, nice juicy logical presentation 7. All your wonderful comics were read by countless readers not only in the country but also abroad. Apart from this, you have written innumerable stories, songs, poems, children’s books, literature, rhymes, memoirs. You have also been awarded numerous prizes, honors, gold medals from many organizers. Dulabhai for you and the country and ten. MR Amin’s contribution is undeniable. Chittagong Maternal and Child Hospital Patient Welfare Association (Chittagong Medical College) Eye Hospital, Women’s Association Orphanage, Ladies Club, Orphanage, where is your contribution. In your absence, your grandchildren are still with us, extending a hand of genuine cooperation.
Dr. Sher Shah Colony in the field of education. Mazharul Haque High School (in the name of your father-in-law) so that countless boys and girls have been studying for the past two decades.
The ‘Al Amin Mosque’ located in Riaz Uddin Bazar also exists courtesy of you. Besides, Khairunnesa Charitable Dispensary in the name of Amin Bhai’s mother in Mirsarai is still regularly engaged in the service of the needy. Apa, all these are your impeccable achievements. Education, health and social services in all areas which are to be followed and admired. She has worked in Chittagong District Women’s Directorate for a long time. Later left for the world. But social service, literary activities were with him all his life. I remember Mr. L.K. Siddiqui (the late) wrote to you in Azadi ‘The woman in the white coat’ (probably under this title)
That void of yours is still irreplaceable, Apa.
Apa, you are someone else’s resident now. Maybe nothing comes of this world. Still, we feel sorry for ourselves. You will be happy to know that this time two people from Chittagong have been honored with Begum Rokeya Medal from the Center. Mushtari Shafi is a well-known literary figure and (your girlfriend) is everyone’s favorite. Another well-known Dr. Shirin Akhtar (Vice Chancellor Chittagong University). I remember today, the proposal of the name of you and some others from the Ministry of Social Services has reached the capital several times. But for unknown reasons it has remained elusive. If you stayed in Dhaka, maybe it would have been different.
However, the people of Chattal had earlier adorned you with the adjective ‘Rokeya of Chittagong’. You were our ‘Rokeya’ today. It seems that there is no comparison between the state recognition and the recognition given by the hearts of all. The value of this love and respect is unknown to me. My pen is incapable of calculating that. I understand this to be a place in the heart.
January 18 is your birthday. Went to America in 2016 with a boy. Talked on the phone. Sent money for a sewing machine for a distressed girl. (My request). He passed away on January 12 and was buried there. We didn’t even get to see the last one. I feel unlucky to myself.
January 2021 has come again. The whole world is upset when you don’t touch it. I don’t see you. Three years. But you are, will be immortal and immortal in the heart. Stay in peace wherever you are. I am ending with the wish that the mercy of the merciful will surround you.
Your beloved Jinnah
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