In 1973, I went to France for three months on an exchange program. There I heard Bob Dylan sing A Hard Rain’s agonna Fall and Blowing in the Wind on a concert recording. It was the famous Concert for Bangladesh. Although I had heard a lot of English pop songs since my childhood, I never heard Bob Dylan before. His songs came to me as a blessing. I found a sense of direction in the way he treated lyric forms and contents. In 1974, I started to try my hand at songwriting. But it was not till 1975 that I could write the first verse of a song that made some sense to me. In the same year I decided to go to West Germany to study further. However, a few months after my arrival in West Germany, I discovered that the Voice of Germany had started a Bengali service and I went to Cologne, where the Voice of Germany had its head office, to look for a job there. By that time I had already acquired more than a working knowledge of the German language and I found assignment as a freelance translator, scriptwriter and broadcaster at the Bengali service. That was how I became an international broadcaster, a career that I pursued till 1989. Radio journalism brought me in close contact with international politics. I was always an avid reader and in Germany I started reading even more. I learned German very well and I brushed up my French that I started learning at the Jadavpur University. Beside the world of books the world of international print media was now within my easy reach. I found a new interest in philosophy, sociology and linguistics and I started to study Marx as well as other Marxist thinkers in German. It was in Germany that I read Georg Lukacs, Erich Fromm, Gramsci, Wilhelm Reich, Ernst Bloch and Herbert Marcuse.
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