Himu is one of the most popular characters created by Humayun ahmed. Himalaya was his real name. His psychopathic father killed his mother so that Himu can be raised by his father as a Mahapurush. His father named him Himalaya because the Himalayas symbolized greatness. Himu can predict future well and attract people by his great sense of humor. In one of Humayun Ahmed’s books, he mentioned that while writing stories about Himu, he feels that he himself is Himu and this feeling isn’t there when he is writing any other book.
Misir Ali was another invention of Humayun Ahmed who is a fictional detective character playing the role of an intelligent person and a part-time professor of Psychology at the University of Dhaka. People come to him to solve their problems because of his special interest and knowledge in parapsychology. Some of the famous books representing this character are: Onno Bhuban (The Other World), Brihonnola (The Eunuch), Bhoy (Fear), Bipod (Danger), Onish etc. When Humayun Ahmed was asked whether Himu is his alter ego, he said that he is half Himu, and half Misir Ali.
Humayun Ahmed’s television dramas were as popular as his books. His first television drama, “Ei Shob Din Ratri” gained popularity in the mid-eighties. Then he made series of dram serials such as comedy series “Bohubrihi”, the historical drama series “Ayomoy”, and the urban drama series “Kothao Keu Nei” (Nobody Anywhere). ‘Baker Bhai’ was one of the famous character featured an idealistic gang leader named. Baker Bhai became such a popular character that before the last episode was aired, people across the country brought out processions protesting his death sentence.
As a writer he knew how to touch the emotional appeal of a human being. Moreover his stories often blend reality with supernatural activities. His stories never had any ending. He let the reader decide how to end the story. This open floor for the reader allows ending as he or she wants. Readers feel more connected and involved when he or she is contributing in the story. This unique facility is only possible in Humayun Ahmed’s books.
Along with this kind of emotional and real life characters he had also written some science fiction books. The rise of Bengali science fiction can almost solely be attributed to Humayun Ahmed and Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, his younger brother. Humayun Ahmed is often credited with creating or maturing many literary genres in Bangladesh. He had a magical power for writing novels. Many of his novels have been adapted successfully for television serials and plays.
Humayun had written more than 250 fiction and non-fiction books. Most of them are bestsellers in Bangladesh. Many of his books have since been translated into English, Japanese and Russian among other foreign languages, including “Gouripur Junction”, a work of fiction centered on the small town in northern Bangladesh where Humayun was born. The Library of Congress has seventy-three of his works in its collection.