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March 25: A thriller with a timeframe of three centuries

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When the English word ‘cult’ is translated into Bengali, it means a special belief and an association believing in this belief. 

Some people may frown at the sudden discussion of the association in the discussion of the book, but it can be said with certainty – this is not an irrelevant talk at all. As the talk of the association has been raised, it is necessary to move this talk a little more specifically. However, we will not talk about the surviving Bhuri Bhuri Sangha around the world, we will only discuss in today’s discussion the Sanghas who believe in the special doctrine of India. However, in the book I am talking about today, the meaning of ‘cult’ has been given to Guptasangha rather than Sangha.

Many historians have agreed that various secret societies existed at different times in India. There are various stories behind those secret societies. But not all of those stories are true again. Most of these have spread among the people of this region through various folklores. However, the existence of some truths in those folk tales cannot be denied. Let’s catch the words of such thugs . From the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, thugs survived in India with considerable influence. Originally they identified themselves as worshipers of the goddess ‘Kali’. However, the real identity of the thugs was a mafia ring in Bengal. Basically, robbery was done in groups and then murder was the intoxication of thugs. According to some historians, these thugs are responsible for about two million murders. Dayan, Rajnishpuran and Brahmakumari are also notable among the other Guptasanghas known in India.

Let us now explain the reason for the discussion of Guptasangha in the discussion of the book. ‘March 25th’ written by Robin Zaman Khan is actually a book revolving around such a secret society. In this book, he has shown this India as the existence of the Guptasangha that he has shed light on. At the beginning of the book, however, he made it clear that although there are various Guptasanghas in India, the Guptasangha he mentions in the book is very fictional. Evidence of this can be found in the ‘author’s words’ section.

“Once upon a time, there were various secret societies and cults throughout India. Numerous rebel groups and secret societies were formed even against the British rule. It is said that the existence of some of these cults in ancient India has survived into the twenty-first century, who still retain their old customs, traditions and mysteries. However, the original cult described in this book is completely fictional. “

The character of the book

As ‘March 25’ is a historical thriller, the characters in this book are not tied to a specific frame at all. The total time span of the characters in the book is therefore spread over a much larger part. In fact, not only the character, but also the time of the story in the book is spread in a much longer timeframe.

Hassan

Hassan is one of the main characters in the book who are scattered throughout the novel. Hassan is basically an arrogant journalist who works on a freelance basis. At the beginning of his career, he worked for a certain magazine, but later he was forced to quit his job due to an unpleasant incident. However, in the book, Hasan is introduced to the reader through another unpleasant incident, which is basically a murder. Throughout the book, Hasan’s character occupies a place of self-glory. Although there is some doubt as to which of the many male characters in the book can be called a ‘hero’, there is no lack of heroism in the ‘Hasan’ character throughout the book. Rather, it can be said that Hasan’s intelligence will impress the reader in several places in the book.

Arni

Another main character in the book is Arni. He studied at an American university. ‘Arni’ is basically Hasan’s companion in the book. It can be seen at the beginning of the book that Arni came running from America after receiving the news of her mother’s death. However, on his return to the country, he had to face an embarrassing situation. It can be said that this incident actually enters the whole story of Arni. Then the plot of the story went ahead by tying it to the table of this story. In the middle of the character of Arni, sometimes a very conscious role is seen with one’s own being. For example, in some places in the book, Arni is seen protesting strongly against the derogatory words about women. As such, it would not be wrong to call Arni a character of modern thinking. However, with this in mind, the author has also made Arni a very strong character. Although he acted as Hasan’s co-character, the character ‘Arni’ is not far behind Hasan’s character in intelligence and strength. Most likely when the author plotted the character of ‘Arni’, There he wanted to eliminate gender inequality. But beyond all that, the most eye-catching thing is Arni’s courage. In terms of courage, Arni sometimes surpasses all the characters in the book.

Moniruzzaman

Moniruzzaman’s character was originally in 1971. More specifically, the night of March 25, 1971. In the book, Moniruzzaman’s character shows a stubborn and adventurous attitude. However, the quality that will move the reader the most is his friendliness. This friendly Moniruzzaman is perfect in harshness as well as tenderness. In fact, Moniruzzaman is a character who meets the demands of a situation. On the dreadful night of the twenty-fifth of March, he sometimes brought forth his harsh form, and at other times he showed immense affection for his wife and students. Moniruzzaman is a teacher in this book professionally. While teaching at Dhaka University, he was intimidated by the Pakistani military on the night of March 25. It is through this character that the author tries to describe the brutal massacre carried out by the Pakistani military on that terrible night. Fearless courage, boundless morale, and keen intellect have set Moniruzzaman apart in the book.

Other characters

The book combines more different characters in need of a story. Most of those characters have remained as side characters, while some of the characters have wandered throughout the story. In fact, in this historical thriller, each character plays its own role. Again the writer also had to resort to various characters to meet the demands of the situation. For example, in describing the scene of March 25, the author has created various characters of the Pakistani military here. In describing the small scenes of the Sepoy Rebellion and the post-Sepoy Rebellion, the author has resorted to various historical characters. However, the characters that roam the whole scene in the side-characters are mainly Abu, Kabir and Afroza. The presence of Afroza character in the whole story is given quite surprisingly. Although the tragic consequences of Afroza are described at the beginning of the story, Afroza has remained in the whole story on her own merits.

The story

‘March 25’ is basically a historical thriller. The story begins with Antaghar Maidan, mainly during the Sepoy Rebellion. The story revolves around Antaghar Maidan, sometimes the night of March 25, and sometimes the plot of the present time. However, the main story shows that Afroza’s daughter Arni came to the country as a result of Afroza’s murder. After returning to the country, Arni started facing various problems. However, the biggest puzzle for Orni is two things – a note left by Afroza at the time of his death, and the accused in Afroza’s murder. In fact, at the beginning of the story, Hasan was arrested for Afroza’s murder. Meanwhile, Afroza had no dispute with Hasan, on the contrary, Hasan was the closest person to Afroza. The biggest question for Arni is – why can Hasan kill Afroza? In the story, however, Arni’s strong faith in Hassan is evident. And this may be the reason why Arni believes in Hasan’s confession not to kill. But after believing Hasan, Arni basically takes some tough steps to prove Hasan’s innocence, and this is where the story begins. At first, it was not easy for Arnie to help her, who had been arrested as her mother’s killer.

In the story, it is seen that Keute comes out to dig worms to unravel the mystery of Afroza’s death. In front of Arni and Hasan came the riddle of a historical Guptasangha. The maker of this puzzle was Afroza herself. The whole story revolves around the puzzle of this secret society, and with the answer to this puzzle. The main plot of this story is Hasan and Arni running to find the answer to the riddle. However, to make the plot more interesting, it may be seen that an unknown stranger follows these two. That’s when the story begins!

Lesson feedback

The most interesting aspect of ‘March 25th’ is the storytelling table in the mix of history. Since the author started the book with a historical event at the beginning, the book has been presented to the reader in an interesting way from the beginning. Another striking feature of the book is that the book has three timelines tied in the same thread. The main premise of the story is how a cult and myth that started in the nineteenth century survives during the liberation war of the twentieth century and that is what caused the murder of a person in the twenty-first century. The sepoy rebellion, the war of liberation and the present time ক্ষেত্রে the author has shown great munsiana in uniting the three timeframes of the three centuries. However, the author did not stop at just one, the author has also written a thriller story in this time frame. In most cases, the excesses of history irritate the reader. But ‘March 25’

The ancient Antaghar Maidan is now Bahadur Shah Park; Image Credit: Bangla Tribune

However, in order to avoid the annoyance of history, the writer’s haste while writing shows the lack of literary style in some cases. If it is the cause of the reader’s annoyance then the reader cannot be blamed at all. The author probably wanted to write the book very quickly. In some cases, there is a lack of narration in the narration of the incident, in which case the reader has to describe the whole scene as his own. In some places, the writer’s unconsciousness is also evident while narrating the events. For example, in one place in the book, a character logs in to an email account with just a password, which was not his own. But in the case of email login, there is no need to just have a password, You also need to have access to the device with which you were logged in to the original email. The author has avoided these minor issues. Elsewhere, after a character is shot with a gun, the author says the character was handcuffed. These places in the book were more unrealistic than Budd.  

Robin Zaman Khan, author of the book ‘March 25th’; Image Credit: robinzamankhan.com

About the author

Robin Zaman Khan is the author of the book ‘March 25th’. Although he was born in Mymensingh city, he grew up in different districts due to his father’s job. He has completed Honors and Masters in English Literature from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. However, he still obtained his second master’s degree in linguistics from Dhaka University. March 25 is basically his first original thriller novel. In addition to basic writing, he also does translation work. His original thriller novels are Magraj, Shabdajal, March 25, Saptaripu, Black Buddha, Forty Eight Hours, End of the Day, Arohi and Andha Prahor.

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