Author: Prof. Monira Hossin
Title: A mother of six daughters shine at last at 90+
The mother of nine children who herself was a lower primary scholarship holder in the early 1930s had to work 18+hrs/day to cook, wash linen, sew girls clothes for 30 years non-stop.
It was completely forgotten or not known that she has average readability of English news papers until she went to US in 1998 to stay for a few months with her fourth daughter.
Scrap diary pages of those days and a second visit in 2001 and lot of encouragement motivated her to write her portion of a collection of case studies about girls primary education in three generation.
This self written biographical work plus her untiring social work to raise the status of village girls won her a crest and finally in the year 2009 THE RATNAGARVA AWARD- a recognition by an organisation which awards this recognition to mothers having brilliant children.
After the award ceremony she could spontaneously talk to TV reporters without any prior rehearsal.
This spontaneity encouraged a TV channel to specially record and air a programme on her life.
It is seen she doesn't hesitate to recite poem for cell phone recording in spite of her memory loss.
It is a self shining story where it is seen that a bright mother of nine can preserve her LTM (long Term Memory) though loosing her short term memory like what she took as breakfast.
Her name is Jamila KHatun and she reads daily news papers without remembering what she reads. She is recommendable for another courageous act of her family- their nationalistic role in the liberation war of 1971, she gave shelter to the pregnant mother who is the present Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Who else to pay tribute to on IWD!