Books & Memories.

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

— Ernest Hemingway

New Publications (2022)

Undying Embers is his fourth poetry collection. It has 47 realistic poems. It paints trajectories of everyday life of the untouchables, the poor, the peasants, the daily wagers, the postmodern slaves, the ‘others’ with poet’s deepest empathy. Unlike Shadows of Mourning it also demonstrates their charismatic resilience to the wretchedness, vulnerability and vicissitudes of their daily doomed life.

  • Publisher: AuthorsPress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 76 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-93-5529-118-9
  • Available: Online / Offline
Undying Embers Book 2022 Abu Siddik

Shadows of Mourning is his third poetry collection. It has 51 realistic poems. It paints trajectories of everyday life of the untouchables, the poor, the postmodern slaves, the ‘others’ with poet’s deepest empathy. It is a valley of despair tinged with the colour of irony. It is a river of sorrows and sadness.

  • Publisher: AuthorsPress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 75 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-93-5529-215-5
  • Available: Online / Offline

Stories are responses to some of the morbid structural inequality, injustice, inhumanity the underdogs face in daily life. They are simple doses of days’ defeats, disgrace, and dishonour. But, at the same time, they are also a singular demonstration of the losers’ impeccable resilience to life’s layered vicissitudes, variability and vulnerability.

  • Publisher: AuthorsPress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 124 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-93-5529-194-3
  • Available: Online / Offline
Aakhir and Other Stories 2022 Abu Siddik

Previous Publications

Banglar Musalman

01. Banglar Musalman

The book details the unsaid stories of the Bangla speaking Muslims of West Bengal. It also bares the poisonous religio-political threads with which this community is ensnared.

  • Publisher: Sopan , Kolkata
  • Language: Bengali
  • Hardcover: 251 Pages
  • Available: Online / Offline

02. Marginalized

The papers compiled in this volume embrace all the nuances of the marginalization from theoretical aspects to linguistic, political, economical, gendered, cultural, societal, and daily living experiences.

  • Publisher: Falakata College Cell
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 251 Pages
  • Available: Offline Only

03. Mis/Fit Parents in Faulkner

Misfit or bad parents abound in Faulkner. By applying the theory of parenting to Faulkner’s fictional parents, I attempt to unearth some crucial familial and social issues in Faulkner.

  • Publisher: Authorspress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 251 Pages
  • ISBN: 10: 9352071409
  • ISBN: 13: 978-9352071401
  • Available: Online & Offline
misfit parents

04. Rugged TerrainNew Published

Rugged Terrain emerges from a storm-tossed, broken winged, caged singing bard.

Barring a few, the poems are more or less hued by my first hand experiences. The beauty and poverty of scenic Dooars loom large over them. Whether it is a man, a woman, a child, or a simple scene – all are seen and known with naked eyes during my long stay at Dooars.

Poems are simple and at the same time realistic, challenging, and thought provoking. And they are not meant to please the readers. Each poem is nuanced. Broadly each poem is a celebration of the faceless multitudes, the unheard, and the unsung. Each poem attests to their undying sufferings and their charismatic resilience to it.

Here the earth is black and empty. Poverty, squalor, illness, flesh trade, child labour, liquors, war for stomachs, illiteracy drape a deathly pallor to the sea blue skies, endless stretches of greeneries, dark hills and deep forests.

You find no mosaic of words or refined imagery. Poems are not flashy and insipid here. They are bold, cruel, crude, and savage in their pluralistic underlying thematic textures.

  • Publisher: Authorspress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 86 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-93-89110-31-9
  • Available: Online & Offline

05. Whispering EchoesNew Published

“Out beyond ideas/ of wrongdoing and rightdoing,/ there is a field./ I’ll meet you there,” so said Jalaluddin Rumi. Barring two or three, all the poems in Whispering Echoes are in search of such a ‘field’ – forests, hills, seas, rivers, farming lands, orchards, and open skies.

Figuratively Whispering Echoes echoes my heart’s deepest love and light, hope and wish, elation and exultation, longing for friendship and sacrifice. It is diametrically opposite to my debut Rugged Terrain in its themes and appeals. Here the land is forever soft, air is cool, grass green, trees dark, hills lovely, skies sea-blue, seas welcoming. There the land is rugged, parched, barren and bleak.

The poems are simple in structure and theme. Some are my response purely to Nature’s undying beauty and serenity. Some are musings on children, the aged, and the farmers. Others are on some intangible aspects of human life – love, friendship, brotherhood, sacrifice and death. It celebrates life in its rosy hues.

I believe true poetry emerges from our deepest delight and anguish. And while Whispering Echoes exults my elation and exhilaration, Rugged Terrain encapsulates my dark and dreary mood. Two volumes are, thus, basically what Blake calls “two contrary states of human soul.”

  • Publisher: Authorspress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 87 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-93-89615-55-5
  • Available: Online & Offline
A bird wather and other stories

06. A Birdwatcher and Other StoriesNew Published

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one was not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand,” said George Orwell in his essay Why I write (1946).

I don’t know whether a demon drives me or not to write A Birdwatcher and Other Stories. But all the stories are based on my firsthand experience. They are realistic. Characters are mainly from countryside. The settings are real. My unsung, peripheral fictional men and women include tribes people, mower, ambitious poet, widower, widowed, shoeshiner, station master, watchman, orphan, idler, peasant, broker, salesman, school master, book seller, fruit seller, dhaba owner, mason, jobless youth, bird watcher, drunker, prostitute, barber boy, misfits, vagabonds, invalids and the likes. These faceless men and women emerge from my deep love and gratitude to them. Their joys and sorrows fill my heart, and their resilience to life’s myriad trajectories and vicissitudes make my days bright and nights cool.

Each fictional piece has a unique message subtly entwined with the character’s temperament or attitude to life and her/ his response to certain unhappy circumstances. I never consciously attempt to make these twenty nine flashes pure or sacred ‘art’ pieces.

A Bird Watcher and Other Stories has twenty nine short fictions. Some are over just six hundred words and some under a thousand. Many of them have been published in national and international e-zines of repute.

  • Publisher: Authorspress
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 103 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-93-90155-42-2
  • Available: Online & Offline

07. বিহতজনের উপাখ্যান Newly Published

এই গ্রন্থ প্রত্যন্ত গ্রামীণ অথবা আধা-মফসলের সেইসব মানুষদের যাপন উতকীর্ণ করে যা প্রচলিত সাহিত্য ধারার অনেকাংশ ছুঁয়ে দেখে না! অর্থ কিংবা নৈতিকতার কিনারায় পড়ে থাকা তেমন সহনাগরিকদের হতাশা-দুর্দশার চালচিত্রে জেগে থাকলো বিহত নামক একটি দাস্য শব্দে। আবু সিদ্দিকের ছোটো ছোটো রচনার এই সংগ্রহ পাঠককে মালদা মুর্শিদাবাদ দিনাজপুর ডুয়ার্স কিংবা হাওড়া মেদনীপুরের নিবিড় এক জনগোষ্ঠীর সংস্পর্শে নিয়ে যাবে, যেখানে মানসিক বা সামাজিক হতাহতের পরিসংখ্যান অনেকটা কৃষি-ক্ষেতের আলে লুকিয়ে থাকা ইঁদুরের মতন। হয়তো আহত অথবা নিহত অস্তিত্বের
দোদুল্যমানতায় ভেসে যায় সে উপাখ্যান!

  • Publisher: রবি প্রকাশ, কলকাতা
  • Language: Bengali
  • Hardcover: 96 Pages
  • ISBN:978- 81-945846-5-0
  • Available: Online Only
  • Price: ₹ 200.00 Only

08. आओ! बारिश में भीगें Newly Published

बंगाल की धरती साहित्य के क्षेत्र में सदैव से ही उर्वर रही है। अनेक लब्ध प्रतिष्ठि साहित्कारों को जन्म दिया है इसने। भारत का साहित्यकाश इसके साहित्यकारों से आज भी दैदीप्यमान है। इसके लेखकों व कवियों ने समाज का समय समय पर मार्गदर्शन किया है। आज भी बंगाल में अच्छा साहित्य खूब लिखा व पढा जा रहा है। समकालीन साहित्यकारों में अबु सिदिक का नाम उल्लेखनीय है। वे साहित्य में अपनी एक विशेष पहचान बना चुके है। उनकी रचनाएँ देश और विदेश की प्रसिद्ध पत्र-पत्रिकाओं में निरन्तर प्रकाशित हो रही हैं। उनकी कविताएँ आम आदमी से जुडी है इसलिए वे बहुआयामी हैं। उनकी कविताओं के दो संकलन -रॅग्इड टेरेन, और विसृपरिन्ग एकोज और एक कहानी संकलन -अॅ बॅःर्ड वाचर इस बात का प्रमाण है कि वे आम का दर्द पूरी तरह समझते हैं। उनकी दृष्टि पैनी है जिससे उनके चारों ओर होने वाली घटना नहीं बच पाती। वे उसे देखते हैं और उस पर अपनी सटीक प्रतिक्रिया देते हैं। वे एक सजग प्रहरी की भाँति समाज में खड़े रहकर अपनी भूमिका निभा रहे है। उनकी कविताओं को दो भागों में विभक्त किया जा सकता है-व्यक्तिगत और सामाजिक। व्यक्तिगत कविताओं में उनका निजी दुख, सुख, आशा व निराशा अभिव्यक्त हुयी है। वे हर बात को बडी ही गहराई से महसूस करते हैं। भावनाएँ सावन के बादलों की तरह घुमडती हैं और फिर उनके तन-मन को भिगो जाती हैं। उनका मन कोमल है। वे दूसरे का दुख नही सह पाते। खुद ही सहन करते जाते है।

  • Publisher: Authors Press
  • Author: Abu Siddik
  • Translator: Dr B S Tyagi
  • Language: Hindi
  • Hardcover: 94 Pages
  • ISBN:978- 93-90891-90-0
  • Available at: Amazon
  • Price: ₹ 295.00 | $25 Only

Excerpt (Short Fiction)

Excerpt from :

“A Country Storyteller”

While serving tea the old man asserted with animation, “I can tell you thousand tales. But this is not the place. Come with me one night by the riverside, I tell you all.”

“Which river?”

 “Oh…no, I mean a sacred place, a calm and quiet place, a broad forest path, a river bed, a tipsy cottage amid the thickets, a barren field, an abandoned hut, a mango grove, a mud path    canopied by clusters of stars, a marsh where frogs croak day and night, and fireflies dance . A place I need where the birds sing and fling, and monkeys chatter, but men not crawl.  In such a pure place I tell tales, and you will be my sole listener. And my son, promise me not to interrupt. I tell and you listen. If you agree, come in the coming full moon night, and I tell tales you never imagine hearing in life.”

Excerpt from :

“Shadow of a Dark Cloud”

“My mother’s belly was swollen all the years. We had many brothers and sisters, most of them died after birth. Only four survived—me, my elder sister, younger brother, and younger sister who was born after the marriage of my elder sister. I was then eight or nine years old. It was   1970, and Bangladesh was not born yet. News of fierce fighting gory communal clashes, riots, loots, rapes, arsons, deaths terribly shook us every single minute. It wasn’t that Muslims killing Hindus, Muslims killing Muslims also. The poor killing the rich, the Razakars killing the Mukti Bahinis, and vice versa. Men fled from homes, and women and children stayed at  the mercy of the Razakars who raped women, and slit the children if they cried.”

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