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.
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