This is Asafuddowlah's first collection of poems in the English language. His collections in Bengali including, Ruddo Rod, Patanger Slok, Shei Eaki Chand and Nishshabda Nirantar have established him as a major voice from Bangladesh. The subject of his poems reveals a poet familiar and comfortable with Sufi traditions. His poetry is short, supple and sinuous, forever eluding the reader between an inner meaning and a covert symbolic and mystical meaning. Asafuddowlah prefers to write short poems. The thoughts, metaphors and paradoxes combine in stunning brevity to paint the landscape of life Rain Clouds is the poet's own translation from a selection made from the five volumes published in Bengali.
Asafuddowlah has dominated his time among his contemporaries as a brilliant student, a champion sportsman, a distinguished bureaucrat and a prodigious musician. His literary career spans almost four decades in which he displayed an amazing variety of both poetry and prose. He retired as a secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and has since served as Chairman of the country’s largest bank and as Chairman of the Radio and Television Commission of the Government.