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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.
|Number of Pages||708 Pages|
|Authored By||Sunil Gangopadhyay|
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Jan 25, 2015
Best book in bengali
Jul 23, 2014
A must read
May 14, 2013
A roller-coaster ride through mid-19th century Bengali society
Mar 12, 2013
Dec 26, 2012
That's a classic!
Dec 31, 2011
A Must Read..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.
Amit Dey Biswas
Nov 4, 2011
Sei Smoy er KolkataSei 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.
Jun 7, 2012
Apurba!!! Awesome!!A must read for people who love to know calcutta. This book exhibits the kolkata at 1840-1870.
May 14, 2013
A roller-coaster ride through mid-19th century Bengali societyIn 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 cha… (Expand)
Mar 12, 2013
A ClassicThis book is a classic of Bengali literature. A moving narrative which is set in the nineteenth century Bengal & India, the central character is 'time'. A documentation of history in fluid prose of the period known as the Bengal renaissance. A must have for literature lovers!
Nov 6, 2012
Sei somoy....etai sera...sob cheye bhalo laglo..sunil dar sei somoy pore thik 1850-1875 ei somoy tar bapar ta bhoja jai...osadaron lekha sobar ei pora uchit. Jodio tini boi r ses a likechen je jara history bhalo kore pore jane tader kichu nutun gaan hobe na..kintu amr mone hoi ei upponas sei history ta aro bhalo bhabe chineye dilo...banglar jono jibon ki je chilo..ar aj ke tar o kichu tar mil o ei sei somoy a acche
Apr 9, 2012
Bornona kora amar sadhher otitei 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.
Jan 25, 2015
Best book in bengaliযদি কোলকাতা কে জানতে চাও, এই বইটি অবশ্যই পড়
Jul 23, 2014
A must readOne of the best books i have read till date.gives a wonderful picture of the social scenario & the upcoming of the Bourgeoisie/babu class and the rising of some of the emminent people of bengal.bengalis will love it...
Dec 26, 2012
That's a classic!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.