Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Masud Rana [ মাসুদ রানা ]

Masud Rana is a fictional character created in 1966 by writer Qazi Anwar Hussain, who featured him in almost 400 novels. Hussain created the adult spy-thriller series Masud Rana, at first modeled after James Bond, but expanded widely. So far 387 books have been published in this series which has gained a lot of popularity in Bangladesh. Written from the 1960s and continuing to present day, books are published almost every month by Sheba Prokashoni, one of the most popular publishing house of Bangladesh.
Masud Rana, a spy, a former major of the Bangladesh Army continues missions all over the world. His boss is Major General (retired) Rahat Khan of the fictitious Bangladesh Counter Intelligence (BCI). According to the series, Masud Rana established the Rana Agency, a front cover for BCI in the form of a private investigation agency.

Each Rana paperback opens with these lines:
"An untameable daredevil spy of Bangladesh Counter Intelligence. On secret missions he travels the globe. His life is queer. His movements are mysterious and strange. His heart, a beautiful mix of gentle and tough. Single. He attracts, but refuses to get snared. Wherever he encounters injustice, oppression, and wrong, he fights back. Every step he takes is shadowed by danger, fear, and the risk of death.

Come, let us acquaint ourselves with this daring, always hip young man. In a flash, he will lift us out of the monotony of a mundane life to an awesome world of our dreams. You are invited. Thank you."

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