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Book Launching Ceremony of "Sleepless in Dhaka and other poems"

Update : 24 Apr 2024, 09:17

Launching and book signing ceremony of "Sleepless in Dhaka and other poems" was held at a hotel in Baridhara Diplomatic Zone on 22 April. The book is a poetry compilation of sixteen full length poems and two short verses. Inspired by Bangladeshi culture, history and society the Ambassador of Philippines to Bangladesh Leo Tito L. Ausan, Jr. has written these poems and verses.

Textiles and Jute Minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak was the chief guest of the program. Describing the ambassador as a 'Poet-Diplomat' he said, "Mr Leo Ausan felt Bangabhandhu through his inner thoughts and feelings and he has written poems on Bangabhandhu. His poem on our father of the nation reflects his depth of understanding of our emotions surrounding the memories of him. He has also written on our Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He has even written on our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam."

Nanak said, "He mentions rickshaw of Dhaka which proves he minutely observes our society and social system. I am also amazed by knowing that he has worn dresses made of jute and he described it through a poem. As you all know I am trying to promote jute and jute products worldwide as the Minister for Textiles and Jute."

"Ambassador Leo Ausan has created a bridge between Bangladesh and his own country Phillipines by his poems. By doing this outstanding work he has become a great friend of Bangladesh", Nanak continued.

Ambassador Leo read one of his poems before the audience. He said, "this evening, I jubilantly, share with you all the warm triumphant feeling of pride, that while modest, humble and diminutive, this book (raise a copy) has anyway, brought the Philippines and Bangladesh, closer than ever, till forever!"

Speaking on the occasion Journalist and columnist Tarique Choyon said, "I have met numerous ambassadors and foreign diplomats in my life. However, when I first met Ambassador Leo Tito Ausan Jr he seems very different than others. It was provably at a European film festival. His poetic thoughts may have made him distinctive from others. I sensed something pretty special about him. Then I attempted to learn more about him. Finally I found that I was right, the ambassador has a poetic mind. Besides his significant duties he is equally passionate about art & culture as well."

Ekushey Padak winner, renowned Bangladeshi recitation artiste Shimul Mustafa recited a poem on ambassador Leo Tito L. Ausan, Jr. 

Ambassador Leo handover 100 copies of books to Foreign Service Academy. Rector of the Academy Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams, foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen and former foreign minister AK Abdul Momen were on the stage while receiving those books.

Foreign diplomats including Pakistan's High Commissioner to Bangladesh Syed Ahmed Maroof, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dharmapala Weerakkody, Chargé d’Affaires of the High Commission of Singapore Sheela Pillai, Chargé d’Affaires of Nepalese embassy Lalita Silwal, First Secretary of Swedish embasay Nayoka Martinez-Bäckström graced the occasion with their presence.

Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, professor of international relations at Dhaka University, pro-vice-chancellor of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Professor Jude William Genilo, The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, high officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from Dhaka's business community and Filipino community in Bangladesh were also present.

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