S. M. Ali was a distinguished journalist of South and South East Asia. He was born on December 5, 1928 in a distinguished literary family of Bangladesh. His uncle late Syed Mujtaba ALi was a noted writer. After obtaining his Masters in literature from the Dhaka University in 1952, he worked as a reporter in Dhaka, Karachi, and finally in London. He then worked with The Pakistan Times (Lahore) as an Assistant Editor for two years. In 1962 he moved to Hong Kong with an assignment with The Asia Magazine. From then on, he successively held such senior editorial positions in Southeast Asia as the Managing Editor of The Bangkok Post (1966-70). In between his assignments in Singapore and Hong Kong, he spent several months in Bangladesh to write his book After the Dark Night which was first published by the Thomson Press (India) in 1974. Ali died in October, 1993 and is survived by his wife, Nancy Wong.

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