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Published in the year 2011, Sei Samay (1-2) (Bengali) is a novel that throws light on the time in history when a new generation of Bengalis found themselves stuck between their new lifestyle and old traditions.
Summary Of The Book
Sei Samay (1-2) (Bengali) documents the lives of the Singhas and the Mukherjees during one of the most critical times in Bengali history. These two families were neighbors, and extremely close to one another. Raja Rammohan Roy’s passing away was a defining moment that marked the end of an era, which left the new generation at strange crossroads.
The younger generation was equipped with good education in English, and had a fancy lifestyle as well. This made them replace their traditional mindsets with those from the West, and inspired them to shape their own destiny, having great ambitions. In a way, they could be considered brave for their attempt to change their way of thinking. On the other hand, they were struggling to cope with issues such as loyalty, self-doubt, and guilt for forsaking their forefathers’ traditions. The contrast between lifestyle and thoughts is portrayed through the lives of Ganga, and Nabin, and their generation. This book throws light on some of the crucial elements that were present in that specific time in Bengali history. It also provides key insight into the culture, art, and lives of those obsessed with alcohol.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is an attractive young lad who worked towards bringing about social and religious reform on a large scale. He also played a key role in reviving the Bengali language, which was previously regarded inadequate, compared to the English language. Another character present in this book is Michael Madhusudan Dutt, who is a brilliant and dynamic personality.
About Sunil Gangopadhyay
Sunil Gangopadhyay was an author and poet.
Apart from this book, Gangopadhyay has written Jol Jongoler Kabbo, Alpona Aar Shikha, Ekti Rat Tinti Jibon, and Adhar Raater Atithi.
Gangopadhyay was born on the 7th of September, 1934, in Faridpur, Bangladesh. He completed his studies from Dum Dum Motijheel College, Surendranath College, and City College, all of which were affiliated to the University of Calcutta. He went on to finish his Master’s degree from the University of Calcutta, in Bengali. Gangopadhyay married Swati Bandyopadhyay on the 26th of February 1967. He had written more than 200 books through the course of his literary career, but cited poetry as his first love. On 20th February 2008, he was made the President of the Sahitya Akademi. He passed away on 23rd October, 2012, at his residence in South Kolkata.
|Authored By||Sunil Gangopadhyay|
|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.
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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