Ahsan Habib

(2 February 1917 - 10 July 1985 / Pirojpur / Bangladesh)

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Ahsan Habib was a popular and well-acclaimed Bangladeshi poet and a major literary figure in Bengali culture.

Birth and Education

Ahsan Habib was was born in the village of Shankarpasha in Pirojpur district. His father's name was Hamijuddin and mother's was Jamila Khatun. He was the first one out of ten children of very poor parents. After passing the Entrance examination in 1935 from Pirojpur Government School, he enrolled at the B M College, Barisal, but had to drop out because of financial reasons. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Kolkata, the capital city at that time, to find a job.

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'Halt', thunders the demon, Death, and stands in front,
His hairy, rough hands find their way into the pants' pockets,
Fish out a few coins, two flowers, a reel of thread.
The heavy hands now search the loins. No, nothing is there.

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