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Sei Samay (1-2) presents a vivid narrative of a time during which a new generation of Bengalis found themselves torn between a long-standing heritage and a newfound lifestyle.
Summary Of The Book
Sei Samay (1-2) brings to life a certain defining period in Bengali history through the lives of the Mukherjees and the Singhas, two rich families who were neighbours as well as the closest of friends.
The death of Raja Rammohan Roy marked the end of an era and placed the new generation of Bengalis at strange crossroads. This fresh batch comprised youngsters with a fancy English education and modern lifestyle to boot, both of which saw them trying to replace their inherited thoughts and traditions with those from the West.
They attempted to forge their own paths and fulfill fledgling ambitions. On one hand, they were brave enough to adopt individual ways of thinking. On the other hand, they were constantly assailed by complex issues of self-doubt, loyalty, and guilt for turning their backs on the traditions of their forefathers.
This dichotomy of thoughts and lifestyles is explored through the lives of the youngsters Nabin and Ganga, and some of their contemporaries. The novel explores several crucial elements colouring that specific era in Bengali history, including the intellectual and political revolutions prevalent at that time, the focus on art and culture, and the hedonistic preoccupation of people with alcohol and sexual excesses.
The character of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is highlighted, portraying him as a noble, attractive young man who brought about widespread social and religious reform. Vidyasagar was also instrumental in the revival of the Bengali language, which was previously considered just an inferior vernacular as opposed to the English language. Another interesting character presented is that of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, a brilliant and dramatic personality.
This edition of Sei Samay, published by Ananda Publishers, is a 2011 reprint of the original Bengali version.
About Sunil Gangopadhyay
Sunil Gangopadhyay is an Indian author, poet, and columnist.
He has written numerous novels, poems, short stories, travelogues, essays, and features. His written works include The Fakir, Roktomangsho, Kaydata Shikhe Nebe, Smritir Shohor, Sei Muhurte Nira, Bhorbelar Upohar, Sorol Satya, Ardhek Manobi, Khali Jahajer Rohosyo, Atmaprakash, Rokto, and Bhayankar Sundoor.
Sunil Gangopadhyay was born on September 7, 1934, in Faridpur, Bangladesh. He completed his education from the University of Calcutta. He then earned a master’s degree in Bengali from the same university. He founded a poetry magazine named Krittibas to provide emerging poets a platform to showcase their talent. Gangopadhyay has been contributing to various publications of the Ananda Bazar Group. He served as the executive board member of the Sahitya Akademi for a period of five years. His writing has won him several awards, including the Saraswati Samman, the Ananda Puraskar, and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He married Swati Bandopadhyay and the couple has one son, Sauvik.
|Number of Pages||708 Pages|
Osadharon abong onno porjay er ei uponnas. Je bisoy bastu nie ei uponnas rochito tar nogir bangla sahitto te ar nei mone hoy. Unish shotoker kolkata ei uponas e amader chokher samne jionto hoe othe. Ei uponnaser jonno Sunil Ganguly r kache prottek Bangalir rini thaka uchit. Amar songroho te thaka nissondohe shresthotomo grontho.
Faltu kichu English Novel na pore ei boi ti porle onek besi somriddho hoa jay bole mone kori.....
Sei Somoy holo 19 sotok er Kolkata r 1ta okhondo chitro. Amader chena porichito monishi ra ei uponnyas er kushilob. Osombhob sundor bhabe futiye tola hoyeche kolkata sohor tolir nana chitro,tar sathe royeche kichu oitihashik sotti r mishel.
Sei somoy sotti ek onoboddo rochona. Ekbar suru korle sesh na kore otha kothin.
In author's words, "The time-period of the novel is the protagonist" and truly so. The author chose a very unknown but utterly vibrant time in the history of Bengal to play upon. A time which has arguably witnessed the Bengali Renaissance, a time about which a little can be known and a lot has been derived, a time which was building the platform for the struggle for independence very slowly but surely, a time when Bengali literature was in its too early youth to hope to produce a novel like the one concerned here! Yes, the author portrays such a time marvelously in this novel. The historic characters you read in childhood, from David Hare to Vidyasagar, from Michael Madhusudan to Harish Mukherjee, become alive through his mighty pen. It gives almost perfect a picture of that time's Kolkata, its people, their mentality and living through different vibrant characters including the symbolic character "Nabin Kumar". It has a perfect blending of reality and fiction, the writing is fast-paced and satirical. An one and only piece in its genre and a must read for the fans of Bengali Literature.
A masterpiece. A page turner. Words fail me to describe this great work of a great literateur, let alone review it. Even when it was being serially published in Desh, it had left an indelible mark on my young mind, and has, over time, definitely shaped my conception of the legacy I have inherited by just being born and raised in our dear old Kolkata! Now relocated away, and reading it again this time, every page enriched me even more....I realise how knowing and understanding myself would have been impossible without this book. I bow my head with respect to the master.
ei boi ta ami order diechhilam bari chhere etodure chakri kori...ekakitto katabar jnno..porte porte ami just pagol hoe gechhi...asadharon lekhoni protibhay jibonto hoe otha unish sotoker samajik rajnoitik dolil ei uponnas...amar porom pujjo mohapurus rao jibonto hoe uthechen tader baktitte sunil gangopadhyayaer asadhron kolomer tane. protiit totkalin ghotonake aschorojo koushole bona hoeche 'sei somoy'e. protiti bangalir, protiti desh premiker ei uponnas pora uchit.
In author's words, "The time-period of the novel is the protagonist" and truly so. The author chose a very unknown bu...Read More
This book is a classic of Bengali literature. A moving narrative which is set in the nineteenth century Bengal & India, the...Read More
A masterpiece. A page turner. Words fail me to describe this great work of a great literateur, let alone review it. Even when i...Read More
This is a book i like to read again and again. It’s one my favorite travel companions. I am a Bengali, but rediscovered m...Read More