In the Name of Thy Father is a collection of 100 poems written as a tribute to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to celebrate his centennial birth anniversary. Bangabandhu has always been a larger-than-life figure, who transcends, the mortal, the real, and the material. Bangabandhu remains, decades after his untimely death, the most influential and far-reaching inspiration for each and every member of this nation till today. This collection of poems is a humble attempt to remember, reflect, and recapture both the essence of Bangabandhu and his legacy and the way in which Bangabandhu remains relevant for us today. The universe that the poems in this collection attempt to create is a fictional one, but at the same time not entirely ahistorical. Time is not linear here. The poems juxtapose multiple voices. The main theme that connects the dots is a conversation between a father and his daughter. The readers are taken through a journey to re-construct, reimagine and re-present a reality that is not bound and limited by the time space, or historical-geographic context, and attempts to explore alternative, parallel realities, worlds of what ifs and what could have been, as well as what were and what are!
Md. Fakrul Islam Chowdhury is a journalist who is currently working as the Joint Editor-in-Charge at Daily The Asian Age. He has worked for The Daily Star, Beximco Media Limited, Amader Shomoy, Daily Our Time, Amader Orthoneeti and other media outlets over the last three decades. Ever since he visited the Bangabandhu Museum in Dhanmondi Road 32 with his wife almost twenty years ago, the house and the stories that still reside in it kept haunting him throughout the years that followed. In 2019 a chance reading of an old news report in The Daily Star on Bangabandhu's funeral triggered in him the inspiration for the poems in this collection,
Mr. Chowdhury is 51 and married to Satarupa Barua. In 2019,