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Jeebaner Roudre Udechhilo Kayekti Dhulikana.
( A few specks of Dust Flew in Sunrays of life)

In this novel, Jeebaner Roudre Udechhilo Kayekti Dhulikona (A Few Specks of Dust Flew in Sunrays of Life), Akimun depicted the everyday life of a middle-class Bangali Muslim family consisting of six daughters. The prime protagonist of this novel is Ruhee, who, along with her five younger sisters, had to live a life full of uncertainty, harassment and insult. From their very childhood they had to suffer, as they did not have any brother, as they all were born as girls of their parents. The harassments or insults came not only from all her relations, neighbors, and the society, but also from their very parents. The parents were not happy at all to have so many girls, although it was their attempts to get a boy that caused the birth of all the girls in the first place. Getting not a single son, but as many as six daughters, seemed to the parents as a sign of misfortune. Never caring about how the girls may react, in front of the girls they sighed and expressed their sufferings all of the time for not having a son. Besides, everybody of the society showed negligence and dishonor to the girls, as if it was their fault not to be born as boys. Ruhee grew up with all this insult and humiliation.
Ruhee’s family lived in a district town where her father Faridul Islam, a diploma engineer in profession, worked. Though the father owned some landed property, Ruhee and her sisters came to know that they did not have absolute right of inheritance. Here stood as the main barrier the religious laws, according to which daughters alone cannot own the parents’ entire property if the parents have no male heir – one son or more. As Faridul Islam had no son of his own, he considered his nephews, Shafik,Rafik and Rajjak – sons of his younger sister Jaheda Banu – as his own sons. He believed that in future none but these three boys would look after his six daughters as legal guardians. Though Ruhee and her sisters were talented (they performed well in their exams and got good grades),their parents had no confidence in them, for they were female. Nur Banu,another younger sister of Faridul Islam, once came to convince her Brother so that he would accept Shafik, an unemployed vagabond who never went to a university; and Rafik, who even failed to pass the Higher Secondary Certificate exam, as bridegrooms for his two elder daughters, who both were university students and had brilliant results. Here in this male-dominated, superstitious society it does not matter whether a girl is more competent, more meritorious than a boy; what really matters is the fact that males are the dominators by default. Males enjoy the power to dominate over a girl irrespective of her status. To be dominated, on the other hand, is the destiny of females. Clear as the huge gap of educational and social status between his nephews and his daughters was to Faridul Islam, he somehow made up his mind to accept the boys as sons-in-law. This was because he believed that if he got sons-in-law from other families, it would be the unknown outsiders that would own his landed properties. There could be nothing more shocking than this! He thought up that the only way to save his property from the hand ofoutsiders was to listen to what Nur Banu said. Then the property would still belong to the same blood, as Shafik, Rafik were none but his own nephews.But Faridul Islam could not materialize his plans because of his Untimely death. Ruhee and her sisters had then no way but to face the bitter reality. They found themselves all alone under the terrible bulk of uncertainty and sufferings, since none among them was an earning member.
Their paternal relations left them lest they should bear any sort of responsibilities for the helpless girls. Adding a lot to their misery, the three cousins – Shafik, Rafik and Rajjak – played evil to dispossess the girls from their legal right. Dispossessing Ruhee’s family from the landed property, they filed false civil and criminal accusations against the girls. They even posed threats on them that if they showed up to defend the cases, they would get harassed in many different ways. In spite of all these threats of harassment and even of killing, Rubi, the second among the five sisters, made up her mind to challenge this awesome evil. Ruhee stood beside her. All the other sisters and their naïve mother as well decided to fight beside the two elders. Money or power had they nothing;will-force and determination to fight for the right were their only possessions. Defying the evil forces that were trying to destroy their life, they went on, with all they had, to establish their human rights.