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Novelist, Playwright, and Development Practitioner
Worldbank, USA

Review of Uttoron

Writer Abdun Nur is a resident of United States of America . He is living there for almost four decades and currently working for World Bank. When he was a student of Dhaka University , many of his stories and novels has been published in many magazines and newspapers. His first book was published in 1973. Bangla Academy was the publisher of this drama script named “Hutum Pechar Deshe”. Later on “Pegasus” (A history based novel) and “Shunnobritto o Bicholito Shomoy” (Based on the lifestyle of the non-residents) was published. “Uttoron” is the third novel of the writer.

Mamun is a service-holder from a upper-middle class family. His wife is called Shamina and used to be a famous dance artist. The personality clash between this infertile couple is the base of the story. In hope to conceive, Shamina has to go to the “Boro Huzur”. On the other hand, She doesn't get the permission to attend at a dance competition. Shamina begun her married life with many dreams on hold, but she doesn't get any help from her husband to fulfill them. Neither does she help herself, therefore her future becomes uncertain. Then Iftekhar and Kamal comes to Shamina's life. They too are not able to be shelter shamina out of her vague. This leaves Shamina where she was and thus the story ends with uncertainties.

The publisher of this book is University Press Limited. Anwar Faruk has designed the cover. The price of this excellent book is Tk. 100.

About the Author

Abdun Noor has devoted his entire professional life of 44 years to foster development among least developing countries of Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean; of which 35 years were from the World Bank. Abdun has earned his PhD in Educational Administration from Michigan State University (1965); and studied at Graduate School of Education of Stanford University (1987). He joined the World Bank in 1970.

Abdun’s development contribution encompasses five distinct dimensions of work. First, he has engaged for diversified policy reforms and analytical research work for education and manpower development across 30 least developing countries. As a young policy planner during early seventies, he has articulated for the World Bank its policy initiative on “Education and meeting of Basic Human Needs”, 1979; for the UNESCO he has written a think piece on “Managing Adult Literacy Programs” which also became his key note presentation at the Arusha International Literacy Conference convened by the Unesco in 1984. Abdun has advanced the cause of non formal education in a civil society, the role the NGO’s could play to discern that contribution, within World Bank; and organized and directed the first tripartite high level meeting of Clients, NGOs, and The World Bank representing 12 east and south African countries at Nairobi in 1983.

Second, Abdun have managed long-term educational and institutional policy reforms at central planning, policy and decision-making levels. He has lead preparation of the education and manpower development program of the First Five Year Plan of the Governments of Bangladesh (1973), and the Fourth Five Year Development Plan of Pakistan (1968). Abdun has lead the World Bank’s technical assistance program on education and manpower development for Iran and Saudi Arabia (1974); and contributed to the design of their programs of higher education, adult literacy, teacher training and manpower development. Abdun has served as the counterpart Technical Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Ethiopia and helped in designing the plan for development of institutions of higher education of Ethiopia (1984).

Third, Abdun conducted extensive operational work in project management, including design, implementation, management, and evaluation of human resources development, and poverty alleviation projects across the globe from seventies to nineties; as a portfolio manager in the East African Region during nineties he has overseen the implementation of 30 human resource development projects worth US$ 2 billions.

Fourth, Abdun has carried out design and delivery of innovative learning and training courses on The World Bank’s Operations and Portfolio Management for senior staff of the World Bank; Islamic Development Bank; European University of Peace; and Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution and for Arab Bank for development of Africa.

And finally, recognized as a Playwright, Novelist and Essayist, in his country Bangladesh and abroad, Abdun has carried out his creative writings throughout the period of 1952-2002. Abdun’s writings reflect the internationalism of his life and span the globe. The first novel, PEGUSUS, 1980, is based on the life of Guyana; the second novel, ”SHUNNA BRITTO” -The Empty Circle- 1990, is based on the life of expatriate immigrant Indians sub continentals residing is USA; the third novel, UTTARAN, Transition of A Married Women” 2003, is based of midlife crisis of a modern Bangladeshi in her own land.

Abdun has just published an epic novel, “ BICHOLITO SOMOY - The Uncertain Time-, of over thousand pages in two volumes, covering rise of Bengali nationalism during the period of 17th century India. The publisher is Magnum Opus.

In addition, Abdun has written many plays, which were broadcast over TV Channels in Bangladesh, were translated and staged in abroad. His English play “Quest” had been staged and repeatedly performed in Washington DC. Furthermore, as a live Public Television Broadcaster, Abdun continues to compare discussion forums on culture and development for different TV channels of Washington DC and Bangladesh.

Abdun is the proud father of two sons and a daughter. The eldest son, Waseem 34, graduated from Stanford University as a presidential scholar and earned his doctorate in economics from the Columbia University. The daughter, Nausheen, 24, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania served as an executive consultant with Gap International and currently pursuing graduate studies at SOAS. The youngest son, Wameek 22, graduating from the Vassar College, served as a staff of the Corporate Executive Board at Washington DC and to returned to SAIS of John Hopkins University in September 2005. Najma, his wife of 37 years, is a teacher. They both live in Potomac, MD

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