Travelling widely on various continents can be an interesting, enjoyable and learning experience. The author has done a good deal of it and plans many more to paths trodden as well as less-trodden. He has published about thirty travelogues. The Travel Tales in this volume, record the
author’s impressions and experiences of the cities and surrounding areas in the UK, Europe, USA and Latin America and of a Cruise in the Caribbean. The author marvels at the diversity, beauty and charm of various places and records the basic goodness of the people in different countries hence the title Paradise on Earth.
In Part 2 of the book, the author takes the reader back to historical figures and their exploits. From Clive and Hastings to Marx, Einstein, McNamara, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama—these essays provide many interesting anecdotes of the past in a historical and political context. Part 3 contains two essays on the Sufi poet and mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi and his contemporary humorist, Nasreddin Hodga. The other two essays in this part speak of the beauty and joy of flowers and snow and the author’s deep appreciation of these in the environs of Washing-ton
The essays have been published in various magazines and newspapers in Dhaka. Many of the readers desired that they be published as a book.
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.