Kalbela (Bengali) traces a young man’s tumultuous and violent journey through idealistic visions to reality, in the course of which, he also discovers love.
Summary Of The Book
Kalbela (Bengali) begins with the decision of young Animesh Mitra to join the Scottish Church College in Calcutta for higher studies. He leaves the village in North Bengal in which he grew up, and travels to the capital city of the state.
When he arrives in Calcutta, he lands in the middle of a student’s agitation and a confrontation between the students and the police. Animesh is caught in the crossfire and is injured. When he gets out of the hospital, he enrols in the college to continue his studies.
He gets involved in the turbulent students’ political movement of the time. His communist leanings are inspired by youthful idealistic visions of an egalitarian society. He soon gets disillusioned with the party he has aligned himself with, as he feels that they are not really working towards the stated ideal. Inspired by fiery rebel leaders, he joins the Naxalite movement. He has also become romantically involved with a young woman named Madhabilata. But, he chooses to follow his political dream over his love for her.
Madhabilata is pregnant, but Animesh still does not veer from his path. The confrontation between the government and the Naxalites gets more violent. Animesh gets more deeply involved in the movement and his life is irrevocably changed when a plan goes wrong.
Kalbela (Bengali) is a novel that reflects its times, a period of unrest and violence, and students involvement in a high stakes political game. A young man stakes his future, his love and his life for his visionary dreams and almost ends up losing it all.
The book was adapted into film which was released in 2009.
About Samaresh Majumdar
Samaresh Majumdar is a popular Bengali writer.
Dour, Uttaradhikar, Harinbari, Showar, Panchti Rohosyo Uponyas, and Kalimpong e Sitaharan are some if his other books.
Samaresh Majumdar was born in 1942. He studied Bengali Literature at Scottish Church College. His first story was published in the literary magazine Desh, in 1967. His first published novel was Dour. The Animesh and Madhabilata trilogy comprising of Uttaradhikar, Kaalbela and Kalpurush is among his most well known works. He is also most famous for his detective character Arjun, based on whom he wrote a series.
3 Nov, 2011
A rich novel about post-independence time of Bengal
30 Sep, 2011
Obossoi Porte Hobe
4 Jul, 2012
A must read for the lovers of Bengali literarure
22 Feb, 2014
Kudos to the writer
Amit Dey Biswas
17 Apr, 2013
Things Have Not Changed
23 Jan, 2013
You will love this
15 Oct, 2012
a very rare intriguing journey...a masterpiece...
28 Jan, 2012