Syed Shamsul Haq moved to the family home in Laxmibazar, Dhaka, soon after the creation of Pakistan.  Although just a teenager at the time, his father, Dr Syed Siddique Hussain, insisted on moving him to the newly-formed capital of East Pakistan to pursue his education and dreams of becoming a writer.

Prior to that, his father insisted upon him becoming a doctor but Syed Haq refused and ran away from home to spend over a year in Mumbai where he apprenticed with the renowned film-maker Kamal Amrahi.  On his return to Dhaka, Syed Haq began his writing career in earnest, beginning with the publication of a number of short stories and poetry in the press.