Rafiq Azad was a lover of humans, nature and love.
His romantic poems had been popular among lovers for ages.
Exerts from his poems “He Doroja” and “Bhalobashar Shonga” remain a popular choice among men to express their feelings to the women they desire.
In “Bhalobashar Shonga,” he said love is the craziness that exists among two people, how they drag each other close, take risks, walk bare feet on the beach. Love is walking in the rain, talking non stop with coffees turning cold, it means sitting in front of each other even when there is nothing to talk about.
While he defined love, the poet also created epic expressions like “Bhaat de haramjada, ta na hole maanchitro khabo.” The line from his famous poem “Bhaat De Haramjada” was written during the famine of 1974 turned to be a legendary piece.
Azad was born in 1941 in Guni village of the Tangail district. His father Salim Uddin Khan was a social worker and mother Rabeya Khan was a homemaker. He was the youngest among two brothers and a sister.
His first book on poetry was Oshombhober Pray.
The rebel poet did not confine himself to poems. He participated in the war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 Liberation War. He worked from 1972 to 1984 as the executive editor of monthly Uttaradhikar published by Bangla Academy.
The Ekushey Padak winner used to write anonymously in the weekly Robbar. Oshombhober Paye, Shimaboddho Jole Shimito Shobuje, Chunia Amar Arcedia are among his books.