Sunday, October 25, 2020 | ePaper

Interview

Poet Sultana Firdousi

  • Print


Sultana Ferdousi is popular for her  poetries, short-stories and novels those are a medley of rural and urban depiction. She imbues scenic description of the countrywide adding speaks of emotions in her words that enthrals her readers.
The poet is Bangla Academy’s best-selling author. She was born in a modern and cultural family in Kushtia. Her first  poems’ book Kit O Dronopushpo (Insect and Wild Flowers) was published from Bangla Academy in 1997. Tritiyo Pakkho (Third Party) was her first novel published from Dialogue Publications in 1999. She has a total of six books up to date and wishes to keep a low profile, and not promote herself actively. She has been engaged in poetry for 21 years but for family reasons she put her writing on hold for some time. Now she has started her poetic life again. She has been working for literary and social organisation, Kali.

Recently Poet Sultana Firdousi talked to The New Nation.
NN: It is very good to see you here today. How are you?
Sultana:  Thank you so much. I’m doing great these days.
NN:  Did anyone inspire or influence you in writing?
Sultana: I was influenced greatly by nature. I grew up travelling from district to district of rural Bangladesh. I was influenced by the diverse greenery of our country.
NN: Can you tell us about your childhood?
Sultana: My family was a perfect culmination of a traditional cultural Bengali and creative family. All of our siblings, we grew up reciting poems and telling lore during weekends with our father. My mother was extra caring towards us, like all mothers are, and took great care of our health. We were pushed to study, play, help around in the house and be creative with ourselves. I was into writing and poetry, one of my other siblings was a genius in mathematics, another one in computing, some in art and dancing. We had amazing days.
NN: That’s wonderful to hear. Which one is your best book? I know you love all of them but still.
Sultana: Yes, I would say my bilingual one, A Girl Has No Name. The translations gave new meaning to my poems.
NN:  I heard, you are a strong feminist. You give off that energy right away. Do you think women are going through any problem in Bangladesh?
Sultana: In my eyes, the biggest concern is the day now a day is mild harassment.  We all undergo, and from such a young age that it’s too common to us. Scarily so, it is become a part of us, to be silent about it and to get on with life. Being used to this as a girl but it is not the solution. Men should be taught at a young age, to respect and empower women, in order to earn the respect they so heavily demanded from us.
NN:  Lastly, what is your advice to the youth of our country, who are wishing to pursue career as a writer.
Sultana:  Long lasting habits, to write at least once a day, every day if possible, so that when you get older you can meet deadlines! And it’s always nice to lead a systemic, disciplined life. Explore different themes; don’t stay stuck to only one genre. Discover yourself. Take everyone’s opinion into consideration, criticism is always appreciated. And don’t give up. Set goals for yourself and don’t give up until you reach them.

More News For this Category

Mr & Ms Chapabaz reaches 10m views on Youtube

Mr & Ms Chapabaz reaches 10m views on Youtube

Entertainment Report :Eid special drama titled Mr & Ms Chapabaz has recorded 10 million views on Youtube. The drama released on August 6 has till now generated 10,159,283 views

Shajal impressed with Sharmili Ahmed

Shajal impressed with Sharmili Ahmed

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Sharmili Ahmed is a noted actress of TV dramas and films in the country. To act in role of mother, she got admiration from her colleagues.

Shakib Khan’s films being re-released to fill cinema halls

Shakib Khan’s films being re-released to fill cinema halls

Entertainment Report :Cinema halls in Bangladesh opened after seven months on October 16. The result has been disastrous as per the hall owners. Film enthusiasts are choosing to stay

Bhumi on solo starrer Durgavati: Exciting to helm a film

Bhumi on solo starrer Durgavati: Exciting to helm a film

Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar is gearing up for her next release, the heroine-centric Durgavati. The wait is exciting as well as nerve-racking because this is the first time she

Magic Bauliana 2019 grand finale cancelled, Top-5 declared winners

Magic Bauliana 2019 grand finale cancelled, Top-5 declared winners

Entertainment Report :Country’s largest folk reality show Magic Bauliana had to cancel its grand finale episode due to the pandemic. The winner of Magic Bauliana 2019 was announced recently

Alaya F stuns in images from leading magazine

Alaya F stuns in images from leading magazine

Bollywood’s new IT girl, Alaya F has been time and time again stunned the audience with her fresh and mesmerising looks. The actress made a remarkable debut earlier this

Nicolas Cage quit gambling after winning $20K, donating it to an orphanage

Nicolas Cage quit gambling after winning $20K, donating it to an orphanage

Actor Nicolas Cage’s real life is arguably more interesting than any of his actual films. That is why there is never a dull moment interviewing the actor. Nicolas Cage

Ananya Panday`s friends had to say after watching Khaali Peeli

Ananya Panday`s friends had to say after watching Khaali Peeli

Ananya Panday has carved out a special place in the hearts of the audience with her quirky looks and her ability to nail every character. After the success of

Shaon and Chanchal’s Sorboto Mongol Radhe controversy explained

Shaon and Chanchal’s Sorboto Mongol Radhe controversy explained

Entertainment Report :From time to time, popular actors Meher Afroz Shaon and Chanchal Chowdhury charm the audiences by rendering song. They have recently collaborated and lent their voices to

Fast and Furious franchise to end with 11th film

Fast and Furious franchise to end with 11th film

Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious franchise will come to a conclusion after the 10th and 11th films. Justin Lin will return to direct the final two installments, reported by