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Lajja (English)

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Language: English
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Penguin
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This is a story about the Duttas, a Bengali family living in Bangladesh and their struggles during the communal riots in 1992, which started when the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by a mob of Hindu fanatics.

Summary Of The Book

The Dutta family consists of four members, the father of the household, Sudhamoy, his wife Kironmoyee, and their children Suranjan and Maya. Being a Hindu family in a country that is terrorized by Muslim fundamentalists as often as possible, the book talks about their struggle in Bangladesh and their refusal to relocate even when their very lives are at stake. The environment in Bangladesh during the community riots is vividly depicted through the reactions of these four protagonists to the attacks, their experiences, trials and problems, making Lajja the compelling story it is.

Published in 1993, this book attracted wide attention due to its highly controversial subject matter. The primary theme of the book is religion and its ability to create rifts between communities with ease. The Babri Masjid was destroyed by Hindus due to a false sense of righteousness. Once, a temple of Lord Rama stood there, which was annihilated to build the mosque. The ignorant Hindus who destroyed a place of worship unknowingly started a new wave of hatred between the Hindu-Muslim communities, a wave so strong that its fallout was experienced in Bangladesh, where innocent Hindus were attacked and killed and raped, or were forced to switch to Islam purely because of the religion they chose to follow.

Lajja boldly addresses the issues which any minority religion in a country has to face. Dark and twisted, it explores the grim underbelly of our history, and religions. The book has been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Italian, English, Spanish, Kannada, French and other languages.

About Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasreen is a Bengali physician-turned-author, ardent feminist and human rights activist, known for her powerful, albeit controversial, compositions on secularism and the oppression women face. Her other works include Oporpokkho, French Lover and Phera to name a few, and her memoirs, Amar Meyebela, Utal Hawa, Ka (Speak up) and Sei Sob Ondhokar Din guli (Those Dark Days).

Nasreen was born in Bangladesh in 1962. She holds an MBBS degree from the University of Dhaka and has been living in exile ever since she fled Bangladesh in 1994. Her publications, poems and memoir have steadily been topping the bestsellers list in India, Bangladesh and abroad. Her insightful writings won her numerous awards, including the prestigious Ananda Literary award in India in 1992 and 2000, and the Feminist Press Award in 2009.

Specifications of Lajja (English) (Paperback)

Contributors
Author Taslima Nasrin
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2010 June
ISBN-13 9780140240511
ISBN-10 0140240519
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 216 Pages
Dimensions
Height 0.55 inch
Weight 184 g
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Vinayak Deepak
23 Feb 2012
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A novel that just speaks truth and nothing else..

Finally i have found a novel that makes total sense in the face of reality. This book is no fun to read.. I warn you!! It makes u think, it makes u cry, it makes your blood boil at times. Well it also made me look through Indian political history and also of Bangladesh in order to properly understand what Ms. Nasrin is talking about.
A wonderful wonderful book indeed. No romance, No fun , No entertainment but it just strikes right on your face and says "Suck it".
I have become a fan of Ms. Taslima nasrin now and am gonna go for all the books written by her for sure, Even if i have...
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Finally i have found a novel that makes total sense in the face of reality. This book is no fun to read.. I warn you!! It makes u think, it makes u cry, it makes your blood boil at times. Well it also made me look through Indian political history and also of Bangladesh in order to properly understand what Ms. Nasrin is talking about.
A wonderful wonderful book indeed. No romance, No fun , No entertainment but it just strikes right on your face and says "Suck it".
I have become a fan of Ms. Taslima nasrin now and am gonna go for all the books written by her for sure, Even if i have...
Finally i have found a novel that makes total sense in the face of reality. This book is no fun to read.. I warn you!! It makes u think, it makes u cry, it makes your blood boil at times. Well it also made me look through Indian political history and also of Bangladesh in order to properly understand what Ms. Nasrin is talking about.
A wonderful wonderful book indeed. No romance, No fun , No entertainment but it just strikes right on your face and says "Suck it".
I have become a fan of Ms. Taslima nasrin now and am gonna go for all the books written by her for sure, Even if i have to learn Bengali to read few of her books.

10 of 10 users found this review helpful.
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Priyanka Das
20 Aug 2011
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It's really a shame.

After reading this whole novel i came to know that if u r minor in a society it means u may risk Ur life no matter how close u were with the majority people but at last they will show up their true color of their blood..If something happened in India it doesn't mean Hindus of Bangladesh will have to pay for it...
After reading this novel I'm a huge fan of Taslima Nasrin and salute her for brevity to write against her own religion and her country..It is literally a shame that serving for those many years by sudhamoy at last what he got in turn was loss of her only daughter maya,the girl in h...
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After reading this whole novel i came to know that if u r minor in a society it means u may risk Ur life no matter how close u were with the majority people but at last they will show up their true color of their blood..If something happened in India it doesn't mean Hindus of Bangladesh will have to pay for it...
After reading this novel I'm a huge fan of Taslima Nasrin and salute her for brevity to write against her own religion and her country..It is literally a shame that serving for those many years by sudhamoy at last what he got in turn was loss of her only daughter maya,the girl in h...
After reading this whole novel i came to know that if u r minor in a society it means u may risk Ur life no matter how close u were with the majority people but at last they will show up their true color of their blood..If something happened in India it doesn't mean Hindus of Bangladesh will have to pay for it...
After reading this novel I'm a huge fan of Taslima Nasrin and salute her for brevity to write against her own religion and her country..It is literally a shame that serving for those many years by sudhamoy at last what he got in turn was loss of her only daughter maya,the girl in her entire family who wanted to live....A must read for every one ....

3 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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Dpnraw Razlee
08 Nov 2011
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Very informative

Nice book..finished it in 3 days...was totally glued to this book...very informative....whatever is said in the book is I suppose is true and not fiction.......... It seems that Writer has put her lot of effort in completing this book....

Flipkart..hats off to you guys.. i got this book in just 4 days....this was my first order.. n i m quite satisfied customer now...I'll order more of the stuff now...............cheers......................

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Reema Roy
06 Aug 2014
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Lajja (Shame) Review

Good book. Easy and Simple language. The book is a mirror that shows how minorities are treated as second grade citizens in their own country.

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Tania Patel
12 May 2014
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Glaringly Real

The book is a difficult read, not because of the language but the events make you go numb. A book written from the perspective of how a human who was always taught to love and respect other humans and his country found himself with only a religious identity. The persecution of minorities, the atrocities on women on the name of religion makes you wonder what is religion for. It alerts you to differences between a religion guiding you to be human, civil and peaceful against the religion which is politically motivated.
Hats off to the author for penning it boldly and resisting the fundamental...
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The book is a difficult read, not because of the language but the events make you go numb. A book written from the perspective of how a human who was always taught to love and respect other humans and his country found himself with only a religious identity. The persecution of minorities, the atrocities on women on the name of religion makes you wonder what is religion for. It alerts you to differences between a religion guiding you to be human, civil and peaceful against the religion which is politically motivated.
Hats off to the author for penning it boldly and resisting the fundamental...
The book is a difficult read, not because of the language but the events make you go numb. A book written from the perspective of how a human who was always taught to love and respect other humans and his country found himself with only a religious identity. The persecution of minorities, the atrocities on women on the name of religion makes you wonder what is religion for. It alerts you to differences between a religion guiding you to be human, civil and peaceful against the religion which is politically motivated.
Hats off to the author for penning it boldly and resisting the fundamentalists through the power of the 'word'.

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
    Book: Lajja (English) by Taslima Nasrin
    ISBN Number: 0140240519, 9780140240511, 978-0140240511

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