Humayun Ahmed is the most popular Bengali writer and had a "meteoric rise in Bangla literature" since the publication of his first novel, Nondito Noroke. Humayun Ahmed was born to Foyzur Rahman and Ayesha Foyez on 13 November 1948 in Kutubpur of Mymensingh district in then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. Humayun Ahmed married Gultekin in 1973. They had five children, but were divorced in 2005, after which Ahmed married Meher Afroz Shaon, a young actress (and friend of his daughter) whom he had met when she was only 12 years old. These and other similar relations brought him much infamy in the conservative society of Bangladesh.