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Lajja, the controversial novel by Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, is a savage indictment of religious extremism and man's inhumanity to man. The Duttas—Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, and their two children, Suranjan and Maya—have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being part of the country's small Hindu community, that is terrorized at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists, they refuse to leave their country, as most of their friends and relatives have done. Sudhamoy, an atheist, believes with a naive mix of optimism and idealism that his motherland will not let him down.... And then, on 6 December 1992, the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in India is demolished by a mob of Hindu fundamentalists. The world condemns the incident, but its fallout is felt most acutely in Bangladesh, where Muslim mobs begin to seek out and attack the Hindus.... The nightmare inevitably arrives at the Duttas' doorstep—and their world begins to fall apart.... Unremittingly dark and menacing, the novel exposes the mindless bloodthirstiness of fundamentalism and brilliantly captures the insanity of violence in our time.
|Publication Year||2000 October|
|Number of Pages||216 Pages|
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.
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 ....
Lajja is certainly not a book for entertainment, not even in the melancholic sense. It's full of facts and figures about the oppression that Hindu's had to undergo in free Bangladesh, which are meant to give the reader a sense of the extent of these atrocities. But after a while, they become just too much to digest (one could even call them nauseating and irritating) and the book eventually starts resembling a wikipedia page; the main plot, which runs around a family under distress, is almost lost and the book completely loses its influence. Though in the last quarter of the book, author returns to the plot and beautifully concludes it. I recommend!
The author's courage and outspokenness should be commended. Because soon after the communal clashes, she had published this book. And it feels like a true representation of the facts there.
But in my opinion, it doesn't have any literary value. Just because of controversy, people are still remembering this work.As a novel 'Lajja' is very boring. It feels like reading a newspaper, in between.
Anyone who has read 'Freedom at Midnight' can realize the difference between these two works. The latter has been captivating and at the same time, shocking to the readers. In certain places, it even proved to be repelling. Anyway, the point is that, it evoked many emotions in readers' minds. But 'Lajja' does not cause any emotional connection with the protagonists. Hence it turns out to be a bland novel.
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