Azizul Jalil's first book, Turbulence and Tranquillity published in 2006, was primarily autobiographical. However, the book also sketched an interesting picture of the major social, political and economic events of the nineteen forties through the seventies when he spent his time working and traveling. The book was received well by the readers and reviewers. In the present book, the author reflects on recent political and economic developments in Bangladesh. These are particularly relevant in the current context of political divisiveness and discords in the country. He then provides the readers with glimpses of the past, which he considers important for our appreciation of history. In the final part of the book, the author shares his travel experiences and impressions with the readers, hoping that these would encourage some to take to such worthwhile past times.
Azizul Jalil born in Calcutta, studied at the Dhaka and London Universities in the fifties. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1958 and served in various positions. During this period, he studied at Oxford University in England and at Williams College in the USA. After a brief period as an Economic Counselor at the Pakistan Embassy in Brussels, he joined the World Bank in Washington in 1971, where he worked till 1990. He served as the World Bank Resident Representative in Zambia in 1977-80. After his retirement, he continues to live in Washington, regularly visiting Bangladesh and other countries and places of interest. He contributes articles to Dhaka newspapers and magazines.