Lajja  (English, Paperback, Taslima Nasrin)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780140240511, 0140240519
    • Edition: 1st Edition, 2010
    • Pages: 216
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    This is a story about the Duttas, a Bengali family living in Bangladesh and their struggles during the communal riots in 1992, which started when the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by a mob of Hindu fanatics.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Dutta family consists of four members, the father of the household, Sudhamoy, his wife Kironmoyee, and their children Suranjan and Maya. Being a Hindu family in a country that is terrorized by Muslim fundamentalists as often as possible, the book talks about their struggle in Bangladesh and their refusal to relocate even when their very lives are at stake. The environment in Bangladesh during the community riots is vividly depicted through the reactions of these four protagonists to the attacks, their experiences, trials and problems, making Lajja the compelling story it is.

    Published in 1993, this book attracted wide attention due to its highly controversial subject matter. The primary theme of the book is religion and its ability to create rifts between communities with ease. The Babri Masjid was destroyed by Hindus due to a false sense of righteousness. Once, a temple of Lord Rama stood there, which was annihilated to build the mosque. The ignorant Hindus who destroyed a place of worship unknowingly started a new wave of hatred between the Hindu-Muslim communities, a wave so strong that its fallout was experienced in Bangladesh, where innocent Hindus were attacked and killed and raped, or were forced to switch to Islam purely because of the religion they chose to follow.

    Lajja boldly addresses the issues which any minority religion in a country has to face. Dark and twisted, it explores the grim underbelly of our history, and religions. The book has been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Italian, English, Spanish, Kannada, French and other languages.

    About Taslima Nasrin

    Taslima Nasreen is a Bengali physician-turned-author, ardent feminist and human rights activist, known for her powerful, albeit controversial, compositions on secularism and the oppression women face. Her other works include Oporpokkho, French Lover and Phera to name a few, and her memoirs, Amar Meyebela, Utal Hawa, Ka (Speak up) and Sei Sob Ondhokar Din guli (Those Dark Days).

    Nasreen was born in Bangladesh in 1962. She holds an MBBS degree from the University of Dhaka and has been living in exile ever since she fled Bangladesh in 1994. Her publications, poems and memoir have steadily been topping the bestsellers list in India, Bangladesh and abroad. Her insightful writings won her numerous awards, including the prestigious Ananda Literary award in India in 1992 and 2000, and the Feminist Press Award in 2009.

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      • 2010 June
    • Author
      • Taslima Nasrin
    • Weight
      • 202 g
    114 Ratings
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    A novel that just speaks truth and nothing else..

    Finally i have found a novel that makes total sense in the face of reality. This book is no fun to read.. I warn you!! It makes u think, it makes u cry, it makes your blood boil at times. Well it also made me look through Indian political history and also of Bangladesh in order to properly understand what Ms. Nasrin is talking about.
    A wonderful wonderful book indeed. No romance, No fun , No entertainment but it just strikes right on your face and says "Suck it".
    I have become a fan of Ms. Ta...

    Vinayak Deepak

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    23 Feb, 2012

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    It's really a shame.

    After reading this whole novel i came to know that if u r minor in a society it means u may risk Ur life no matter how close u were with the majority people but at last they will show up their true color of their blood..If something happened in India it doesn't mean Hindus of Bangladesh will have to pay for it...
    After reading this novel I'm a huge fan of Taslima Nasrin and salute her for brevity to write against her own religion and her country..It is literally a shame that serving for those...

    Priyanka Das

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    20 Aug, 2011

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    Very informative

    Nice book..finished it in 3 days...was totally glued to this book...very informative....whatever is said in the book is I suppose is true and not fiction.......... It seems that Writer has put her lot of effort in completing this book....

    Flipkart..hats off to you guys.. i got this book in just 4 days....this was my first order.. n i m quite satisfied customer now...I'll order more of the stuff now...............cheers......................

    Deependra Rasaily

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    8 Nov, 2011

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    not what i thought it was

    the events are not properly portrayed, some places are filled filed with extra detail and some lack it.
    it's like being a synopsis of all newspaper of those times

    shivam shukla

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    26 Jan, 2015

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    A must read book for generation Z.It brings us the real picture during the protest in Bangladesh against the demolitions of babri masjid in India.

    kirran ashwin

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    28 Aug, 2014

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    Really Nice

    Lovely book. Delivery was on time.


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    12 Dec, 2016


    Worst experience ever!

    I liked the book. However, the quality was really poor. Some of pages had printing issues where in either the words were faded or not printed. It looked like a pirated copy. Spoiled the whole experience of buying it.

    Raghavendra Kumar

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    20 Nov, 2016


    Good read terrible print

    I wont be reviewing the book as others have done that already for the prospective buyers.
    The work is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces in literature well translated into english from bangla. the language, the writing, and the content is breathtakingly beautiful and painful at the same time.
    However, I must make a mention of how bad the paper and the print quality are. it looks like a cheap rip off of the work as you would find being sold on the streets of Delhi. I really doubt if the sel...

    Sudipto Dhaivat Mitra

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    6 Jul, 2016


    Bad paper quality

    Great book but poor paper quality. Not satisfied with flipkart.

    Pavan Joshi

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    10 Jul, 2015


    Read it

    Flipkart once again was great. As for the book, My only review is get hold of this book and read it. PS- It might make you feel very SAD not ANGRY.

    Neel d

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    20 Jan, 2015

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