Mr. Abdul Monaem Khan popularly known as Monaem Khan, a senior journalist from Cox’sBazar, is no more. Having been ill with Covid-19, he breathed his last at the Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) today.
While I am shocked beyond expression at the untimely death of Monaem Bhai, as I used to call him years ago, I am reminded of some fond memories I have had with him.
Prior to my joining the profession of law, I had long been in teaching. Lawyering and teaching apart, writing is what I have clung to for the last two decades. As I would contribute non-fiction and translations to the local dailies on a regular basis then, Monaem Bhai rang me up one day. He was the editor of the Daily Dainandin, a vernacular daily published from Cox’sBazar, at that time. Curious as I was, I met him at the office premises of the newspaper in due course. Monaem Bhai surprised me by asking me to write the editorial piece for the newspaper every night. Writing editorials being a sophisticated job, I was hesistant to accept the offer. Anyways, I gave in at last due perhaps to his amiable personality; I got started with writing the editorials as assigned by him, lasting only for a couple of weeks, though. I quit the job as I became preoccupied with other things to attend to, losing contact with him temporarily. But we came back on regular contact once again as Monaem Bhai joined the Daily Sun, a national English Daily, during the very initial days of the newspaper back in 2010. On a number of occasions, he asked me to help him with translations of news items that he peapared for the Daily Sun. I was thus lucky enough to be associated with him briefly during his long career in journalism.
Monaem Bhai was a rare breed in the noble profession of journalism inasmuch as he was a highly educated gentleman with the best use of the pen coupled with utmost sincerity and honesty beyond reproach. This enabled him to work for the premier English Dailies of the country including the Daily Star. Lastly, he died as the Cox’sBazar Correspondent of the Financial Express, a unique English Daily of Bangladesh.
As they say, the void left by Monaem Bhai in the realm of journalism in Cox’sBazar is never to be filled in again. The very smart demeanor he was blessed with and the ever-ready smiles on his exceptional personality will be missed hard.
Dear Monaem Bhai, rest in peace.
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