I have contributed to the Dhaka Courier for about a quarter of a century with occasional interruptions. The topics were freely chosen from my own experience of different subjects with politics, education and society taking the center stage. In this volume I have chosen three most interesting of the topics — Musings, Travels and Tributes. While Musings would be interesting to the more serious readers, Travels would be deemed of great interest to young and old as they give my experiences of countries visited in connection with seminars and other conferences. The visits to Nepal and Yangon were personal and hence they give intimate glimpses into the societies of those countries. I paid two visits to Iran which would be of much interest to the readers since first-hand information about Iranian society after the Revolution is rarely found. The section devoted to Tributes are the most difficult of my essays since they attempt to sum up my grasp of personalities I came into contact with. But I think those are some of the most beautiful pieces that this volume contains. I hope volume 2 would soon follow and my readers all over the country would eagerly wait for that.
Moments in the Mirrors: Through The Glass Darkly Series (Volume 1)
This volume of columns written for the Dhaka Courier, a national newsweekly, became popular under the caption Through the Glass Darkly. The phrase occurs in the Bible 1 Corinthians 13 :12 where Paul speaks to the Corinthians of man’s childhood as a phase of life when his understanding is imperfect but ‘when I became a man I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly: Paul then speaks about three cardinal principles — faith, hope and charity; but the greatest of all these, he says is charity. Anyway, it was not the Bible that was in my mind when I chose this title for my column. It was the lngmar Burgman classic film of the same name which I saw when I was at Cambridge that made me choose this name for the column.