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Untranquil Recollections

Untranquil Recollections
The Years of Fulfilment

First Edition
  • Rehman Sobhan - Founder and current Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Critical Acclaim

November 2015 | 484 pages | SAGE India

The book brings together Rehman Sobhan’s personal story situated within the historical events of Bangladesh, from its birth as East Pakistan to its evolution as an independent, democratic state.

UNTRANQUIL RECOLLECTIONS: The Years of Fulfilment is a memoir of Rehman Sobhan, a prominent economist and public intellectual who played an active role  in the Bangladeshi national movement of the 1960s. It is a narration of events by the author who lived through extraordinary phases in the histories of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and the impact they had on him. His story relates to the life and perspectives of an individual born into a family of relative privilege and educated at elite schools. Later on, his life moved on to a different trajectory from its intended path and he eventually came to be involved in the political struggles that culminated in the emergence of an independent Bangladesh.

Families Inherited and Chosen
Growing Up in Calcutta
Darjeeling: School Days in the Shadows of Kanchenjunga
Lahore: Coming of Age among the Chiefs
London: Imagined Realities
Cambridge: The Transformative Years
Dhaka: Life and Times
Dhaka: Adventures in the Private Sector
Dhaka University: Teaching Economics and Learning to Be a Teacher
Dhaka: Personal Encounters of the Close Kind
Exposures to Political Activism at Dhaka University
From Political Economy to Politician Economist
Engagement with the National Struggle
Fulfilment: Witness to the Birth of a Nation
Fulfilment: From Politician Economist to Political Combatant in the Liberation War
Fulfilment: Envoy Extraordinaire
Fulfilment: The Liberation of Bangladesh

A balanced yet rich description of the politics that led up to the genocide….  A fine read…capturing in riveting detail the political, social and human drama of the birth of Bangladesh.

The Hindu, 28 February 2016

“A highly readable book which argues its case and its evolution as an independent Bangladesh forcefully.”

Free press Journal, November 20, 2016

“This is the narration of Rehman Sobhan’s eventful life. He brings alive the evolution of lives of banagli people and its nation…This autobiography is a timely narrative that should be widely read on both sides of the border as a reminder of the agony and the elation that we went through together in those epochal times.”

The Book Review, January 2017

“A balanced yet rich description of the politics that led up to the genocide…capturing in riveting detail the political, social and human drama of the birth of Bangladesh.”

The Hindu

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