Jahanara Imam was born to a progressive Muslim family in May 3, 1929 in Murshidabad, in West Bengal, India. She was the eldest daughter in a family of three brothers and four sisters. Her father Syed Abdul Ali was a Civil Servant and mother Hamida Ali was a housewife.She studied in Carmichael College in Rangpur, Lady Brabourne College of Calcutta University and Dhaka university. She started her career as a teacher. In 1948 she married Shariful Alam Imam Ahmed, who was a Civil Engineer. They are the parent of Rumi and Jami. Jahanara Imam wrote 26 books, both fiction and non-fiction. The best work of her is a diary “Ekattorer Dinguli”,she had maintained during the war of liberation that claimed the lives of her husband and son. The publication of Jahanara Imam’s “Ekattorer Dinguli” ( Those Days of 1971) was a seminal event in the history of Bangladesh. Jahanara Imam had watched the war from a point of vantage and had paid very dearly for the privilege. Her diary was the personal account of a tragedy whose true magnitude might never be fully fathomed by those that did not experience it first hand. “Ekattorer Dinguli” electrified Bangladesh as no other book ever had. She was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award. She is most widely remembered for her efforts to bring those accused of committing war crimes in the Bangladesh Liberation War to trial. She was popularly known as “Shaheed Janani” (Mother of Martyrs). She died on 26 June 1994.
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- Ekattorer Dinguli by Jahanara Imam