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Pratham Alo (Bengali) is a book that provides the readers with key insights into the lives of several historical figures in recent history, bringing out their nobility in a unique way.
Summary Of The Book
Pratham Alo (Bengali) is a stunning piece of literature that documents the lives of historical characters from several walks of life, including education, religion, politics, and theatre. Although this book is written in a manner that it appears fictional, it is packed with historical facts about people in history that most of us don’t know much about. The uniqueness of this book lies in the fact that Gangopadhyay has presented the readers with a humanized portrait of icons such as Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and Rabindranath Tagore.
Gangopadhyay tells the readers about Tagore’s interest in his niece and sister-in-law, the fall of the zamindars and the royalty, and the fear in Ramakrishna Parmahansa’s heart as he lay terminally ill, suffering from throat cancer. By bringing to light their understandable shortcomings as humans, Gangopadhyay is able to present the readers with a vivid picture of their nobility.
Apart from these history-makers that shaped Bengal as well as the entire nation, Gangopadhyay also includes a love story revolving around two fictional characters, Bharat and Bhumisuta. This love story assists in camouflaging one of the greatest lessons in history as a fictional work. Gangopadhyay also tells the readers about Swami Vivekananda, who was named by the Raja of Khetri, who also supported him financially for his Chicago trip for the World Parliament of Religions. He also explains how Rabindranath Tagore’s first fan wasn’t anyone from Bengal, but the grief-stricken Maharaja of Tripura, who found peace in reading Tagore’s poetry. Crisply written and factually backed-up, Pratham Alo (Bengali) is definitely worth reading for those who want to gain insights into the lives of individuals who have shaped Indian history.
About Sunil Gangopadhyay
Sunil Gangopadhyay was a Bengali poet and novelist.
Gangopadhyay has also written Anno Jiboner Shad, Adhar Raater Atithi, and Alpona Aar Shikha.
He was born on September 7th, 1934, in Faridpur, Bengal, British India. He went on to study at Dum Dum Motijheel College, City College, Kolkata, and Surendranath College. He completed his Master’s degree from the University of Calcutta. Through the course of his literary career, Gangopadhyay authored over 200 books. In 1953, Gangopadhyay and his friends launched Krittibas, which was a Bengali poetry magazine. He has been awarded several times for his immense contribution towards literature. Some of the awards he has been honored with are the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Ananda Puraskar, and the Bankim Puraskar. Gangopadhyay also served as the Sheriff of Kolkata in 2002. He died on 23rd October, 2012, following a heart attack.
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Jul 26, 2016
Nov 8, 2014
nice book to have
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Jul 6, 2014
when time itself is the protagonist
Jun 18, 2014
Feb 5, 2012
A historical masterpiece of the Golden era of BengalThis is a historical masterpiece of Sunil Gangopadhayay. Sunil is always renowned for his literary creations based upon Historical platforms. This book takes the reader in the nostalgic era of Golden time of Bengal History when bengali culture was being boosted up with the enormous and magnificent contribution of great personalities form bengal.
Jan 9, 2012
As a deliverable from Flipcart: GOOD, as a piece of literature : VERY GOODProduct: The physical state and quality of the product (this book) was good, price reasonable, and was shipped to my door step before the estimated date.
May 14, 2013
Good but not Excellent.....Sei Somoy atotai bhalo legechilo je 7 dine sesh korechilam but prothom alo sesh korte 3 mas lege gelo.....onek information pawa gelo....but sei somoy er moto bandhon nei...alga ...chara chara...bojhai jache lekhok onek somoy niyechen ei bishal uponnas sesh korte...tai bohu jaigay information er repetition hoyeche....
Sep 12, 2012
Perhaps the best book based on 19th centuryThe book is based on the memorable characters and incidents of the late 19th century and very early 20th century. To know the richness of bengali culture one must read this book. The events are historical and is written in a very informative way. You can know a lot of new things about Swami Vivekananda and also Raindranath Tagore.
Feb 1, 2012
Few peers,indeed.In the voluminous Prtham Aalo, Sunil Gangopadhyay had quite lucidly proved himself once again.
Jul 16, 2013
Not with all the pagesThis book is with more than 1000 pages. The book I received that is not with all the pages, few pages are missing at the end, so I got the uncompleted story! Total waste!
Jul 26, 2016
Priceless CollectionGift for my sister-in law. Highly pleased with the copy. Great book to have.Look to buy similar books from Flipkart. Great service.
Nov 8, 2014
nice book to haveJust started reading it. I beleive that u can spend a quality time with this book. Thanks FK for delivering it on time. I would like to recommend it for others. Tanks.
Oct 21, 2014
Pratham aloQuality and binding of the book is really good. If you want to buy this you can buy this item without hesitation.
Jul 6, 2014
when time itself is the protagonistRabindranath, Ramkrishna paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Keshab Sen, Jyotirindranath Tagore, J.C. Bose, and all those sons of Bengal, who took literature, science, spirituality to another level.