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Kalbela (Bengali)

Language: Bengali
Publisher: Ananda Publishers
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Kalbela (Bengali) traces a young man’s tumultuous and violent journey through idealistic visions to reality, in the course of which, he also discovers love.

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Kalbela (Bengali) begins with the decision of young Animesh Mitra to join the Scottish Church College in Calcutta for higher studies. He leaves the village in North Bengal in which he grew up, and travels to the capital city of the state.

When he arrives in Calcutta, he lands in the middle of a student’s agitation and a confrontation between the students and the police. Animesh is caught in the crossfire and is injured. When he gets out of the hospital, he enrols in the college to continue his studies.

He gets involved in the turbulent students’ political movement of the time. His communist leanings are inspired by youthful idealistic visions of an egalitarian society. He soon gets disillusioned with the party he has aligned himself with, as he feels that they are not really working towards the stated ideal. Inspired by fiery rebel leaders, he joins the Naxalite movement. He has also become romantically involved with a young woman named Madhabilata. But, he chooses to follow his political dream over his love for her.

Madhabilata is pregnant, but Animesh still does not veer from his path. The confrontation between the government and the Naxalites gets more violent. Animesh gets more deeply involved in the movement and his life is irrevocably changed when a plan goes wrong.

Kalbela (Bengali) is a novel that reflects its times, a period of unrest and violence, and students involvement in a high stakes political game. A young man stakes his future, his love and his life for his visionary dreams and almost ends up losing it all.

The book was adapted into film which was released in 2009.

About Samaresh Majumdar

Samaresh Majumdar is a popular Bengali writer.

Dour, Uttaradhikar, Harinbari, Showar, Panchti Rohosyo Uponyas, and Kalimpong e Sitaharan are some if his other books.

Samaresh Majumdar was born in 1942. He studied Bengali Literature at Scottish Church College. His first story was published in the literary magazine Desh, in 1967. His first published novel was Dour. The Animesh and Madhabilata trilogy comprising of Uttaradhikar, Kaalbela and Kalpurush is among his most well known works. He is also most famous for his detective character Arjun, based on whom he wrote a series.

Specifications of Kalbela (Bengali) (Hardcover)

Authored By Samaresh Majumder
Book Details
Publisher Ananda Publishers
ISBN-13 9788170664802
ISBN-10 8170664802
Language Bengali
Binding Hardcover
Awards Sahitya Akademi Award
Award Year 1984
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30 September 11
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A rich novel about post-independence time of Bengal

Kalbela is considered one of the best contemporary Bengali novels. Taking us on a journey of a university student who finds the aim of his life to rid this newly independent nation of corruption and to build a new classless society for the generations ahead. Kalbela is as the author himself says, "A love story" to love the people, the country and to love oneself. The female protagonist Madhabilata is a burning example of how a woman can stand up against all odds to hold her beliefs. Mostly Kalbela is a novel which can inspire a person to do something and not to seat idle in front of Injustice and Corruption. Lovely narrating, a wonderful book to read.

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22 February 14
A must read for the lovers of Bengali literarure

This novel is the 2nd part of Animesh Trilogy as it is informally called, is followed by Uttyoradhikar (Mitra & Ghosh Pub.) and preceded to Kalpurush (Ananda Pub.). It depicts the journey of a young boy from his village to Kolkata for higher study and his eventful life which leads him to be wrapped in Naxalist Movement. In the time between, he finds his sweetheart but soon they are detached from each other owing to his party duty. Later they reunite, but now in a completely transformed state made by the artifact of intuition that he followed in earlier days.

This is one of the most famous novels of Bengali literature, winner of Sahitya Academy Award and was the motivation of the famous Bengali film Kalbela by Goutam Ghosh.

Recommendation: Must Read

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03 November 11

Awesome Book .A must read for every bengali.Ekta chele ki kore politics e joriye kore se Naxal hoye vabe ekta meye ondho bhabe nijer sob kichu diye ekjon ke bhalobashte pare tar ek nidarun udahoron ei kaal bela.Many Thanx to Samaresh Majumdar for writing such a good Novel.

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23 January 13
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Things Have Not Changed

20 years back, the "student poliitcs" in Bengal forced my generation of Bengalies to seek for a living outside Bengal. We understood late...very late, after we have whitewashed our future...that the Bengal Student Political vortex just sucks blood from the young students to make them fit to be an Auto Rickshaw Driver! We are still doing so...we will keep on doing so...untill we totally destroy ourselves. This book should be reccommended for reading to each Bengali Student to understand what futre lies ahead for students who are used as napkins by the Bengal Politicians.

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04 July 12
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Obossoi Porte Hobe

Undoubtedly Samaresh Majumder is an author who will keep you engrossed. Likely KALBELA potrays the tough times during the 80's when Bengal was in turmoil. The journey of a young man, events in his life ties him to politics and at the same time he falls is love. All these twist and turns in his life will not dissappoint you. Grab this book without a second thought.

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