Gazipur, May 11 —Popular Bengali fiction writer Humayun Ahmed is spending time with family, friends and relatives at Nuhash Polli in Gazipur, his country retreat, after flying back home after eight months.
He came back with wife Meher Afroz Shaon and their two sons ‘Nishad’ and ‘Ninit’ on Friday morning and headed straight for Nuhash Polli. The writer had been in New York for the last eight months for his colon cancer treatment and will return there for a surgery in three weeks’ time.
“What I missed most is my Nuhash Polli. I have missed the garden and the trees there. Then I missed my friends. Missed my mother and the relatives,” said Ahmed as he talked with the journalists at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning.
His friends and relatives could not help but throng Nuhash Polli too.
Humayun’s mother Ayesha Foyez, sisters Sufia Haider and Mamtaj Shaheed, mother-in-law Tahura Ali, architect friend Fazlul Karim and personal physician MA Karim were with him.
Ayesha Foyez was ecstatic having her son back.
“I pray to Allah for my son’s recovery even in exchange for my own life,” said Ayesha, who in the last eight months talked only with Shaon on the phone.
Winner of The Ekushey Padak and The Bangla Academy award, Humayun walked around the garden he had grown at Nuhash Polli. He watched people catch fish from the pond he had made before going for a rest prescribed by the doctors.
A large number of journalists thronged Nuhash Polli but could not reach him for comment as the writer has been advised to meet people sparingly.
“Humayun is resting as he has travelled down a long way. Doctors have restriction over Humayun appearing in public places,” said M A Karim.
“He (Humayun) could not bear the pain of people and that’s why he loathed to stay in the hospital. He even won’t visit relatives in hospital. But this is what has become the routine of his life,” sighed Humayun’s sister Sufia Haider.
Former vice-Principal of Kabi Nazrul Government College, Haider, however, believed people’s love will get her brother back in good health.
Besides relatives, the publication house Anyaprakash owner Majharul Islam and its director Sirajul Kabir Chowdhury also went to Nuhash Polli to meet the writer.
Jewel Rana, Chief Assistant Director at Nuhash Films, the production house owned by the writer, told bdnews24.com Ahmed has brought along a screenplay he prepared while undergoing treatment in America.
The screenplay was made from his own story ‘Pipra’ (Ants) and has been named as ‘Pipilika’. Rana said that they expected to air the drama during the next Eid festival.
Humayun had left country for cancer treatment on Sept 13 last year.
After his brief return, the writer said after arriving at the airport, “If I had returned forever after getting done with my treatment, then I would have said I am very happy. But after setting my foot in the country today, I thought one of the 20 days have gone. Only 19 days are left.”
Doctors treating the writer have decided to operate on his colon as he has already taken twelve chemo-therapies to contain the spread of cancer.