Numair A Choudhury was born in Bangladesh in 1975. After finishing high school in Dhaka, he was enrolled in Oberlin College Creative Writing Program, from which he graduated in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Numair joined Andrew Motion’s Creative Writing Department in Norwich. Numair has published over a dozen short stories. He also taught college courses, mostly in English Literature. Numair currently splits his time in Dhaka between a full-time professorship (in Literature), two dogs, and the completion of a novel which served as Creative Component for his doctorate.
Born to a literature teacher, Numair started writing in secondary school. Later, stories he penned as a collegiate undergraduate were published internationally in Asia, Europe and North America. Numair has received numerous awards in Bangladesh, and has been a guest spot-lighted at literary symposiums around the world.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – first ‘real’ book.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (from a book, movie, song, speech…)
A: ‘The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say.’
– Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: All humans who push themselves into the beyond.
Only after she secures her starched white blouse does she line her eyes and dab her cheeks. Otherwise she wears no visible makeup. Slinging the yellowing cloth bag over her shoulder, she locks her door and makes her way down the unpainted stairs. When she steps outside, she is confronted by the dust and commotion …