Syed Waliullah (1922-1971), novelist, short story writer and playwright, was born on 15 August 1922 at Sholashahar in Chittagong to Syed Ahmadullah and Nasim Ara Khatun. As a civil servant under the British Raj, Syed Ahmadullah was posted to different small towns in Bengal: Mymensingh, Feni, Chittagong, Krishnanagar, Kurigram. His family would accompany him on his several postings. As a result, Waliullah experienced rural life in Bengal from close. When Waliullah was twelve, his mother passed away, leaving him and an older brother behind. A few years later, his father re-married, a Zohra Khatun, from Karatia.

Syed Ahmadullah had high hopes for his two older sons and was very unhappy when he saw his younger son “wasting” his time painting or writing. Mirana Zaman, his stepmother’s

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Citation: Zaman, Niaz. "Syed Waliullah". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2020 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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