Taslima Nasrin, on account of her personal experience of childhood The female characters in Lajja: Kironmoyee, Maya, and Shammima. Lajja is the story of the Dutta family; Suranjan Dutta, a Bengali Hindu, lives in Dhaka with his father Sudhamoy, mother Kironmoyee, and sister. Last Published: Thu, Sep 25 09 01 PM IST. Taslima Nasrin. Lajja: By Taslima Nasrin, translated by Anchita Ghatak, Penguin Books India, pages.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Lajja by Taslima Lajjja. Shame by Taslima Nasrin. The Duttas – Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, and their two children, Suranjan and Maya – have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Tslima being part of the country’s small Hindu community, that is terrorized at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists, they nadrin to leave their country, as most of their friends and relatives have done.
Sudhamoy, an atheist, believes with a naiv The Duttas – Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, and their two children, Suranjan and Maya – have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Sudhamoy, an atheist, believes with a naive mix of optimism and idealism that his motherland will not let him down The world condemns byy incident but its fallout is felt most acutely in Bangladesh, where Muslim mobs begin to seek out and attack the Hindus The nightmare inevitably arrives at the Duttas’ doorstep – and their world begins to fall apart.
Paperbackpages. Published by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lajjaplease sign up. Hasan Al i want lajjja this book. See all 5 questions about Lajja…. Lists with This Basrin. Nov 16, Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked tasoima Shelves: The book follows the story of one Sudhamay and his children Suranjan and Maya.
The father and son have both been involved in nationalistic movements of Bangladesh and believe in their country. All his life, he has compromised on his religious identity for sake of national identity. The novel follows the disillusionment of this father and son about their country. What was born as a secular state has a Department of Religion which has a heavy budget almost all of which goes to promotion of Islam. A very nominal sum is allotted for minority religions — in fact four times that sum goes only to rehabilitation of those who chose to converted to Islam.
The schools have special Islamic classes which makes minority kids feel alienated. There is discrimination in job allocation with almost no Hindus ever taslkma to upper steps of hierarchical ladder.
Hindus don’t get licences to start business except when it is in a partnership with a Muslim.
There are several other ways in which the Hindus are discriminated, and both were aware of them, but if you are emotionally invested in some belief you hold on to it against much contrary evidence. To be fair, such discrimination taalima present in some degree in most of Indian subcontinent countries. The book is set in the back-drop of riots that followed demolition of Babri Masjid. She often gives the death toll of riots in India.
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And that goes for Bangladeshi spades too – again questioning the communal party who was causing riots and secular ruling party which had maintained silence. Obviously it ljaja Hindus in India and tqslima Bangladesh who were guilty of destroying mosque, but it has always been a tendency of weak minds to carry out their anger not on those who they are angry at, but on those on whom they can afford to be angry at.
There are countless examples – instead of questioning powerful business-people and politicians for not raising wages and jobs, people would rather blame minorities, immigrants and reservation quotas; instead of being nasrib at police for not providing protection, people will rather blame the women who got raped for being out in the middle of night etc.
And so, Bangladeshi Hindus had to taslia – destruction of temples, riots, murders, rapes, forced conversations, black-mail about leaving the country etc. Tasilma characters realize that powerful yb always oppress the weak — the men will oppress the women, the majority religion people will oppress the minorities, the rich will oppress the poor and so on.
The book sometimes reads like fictionalized non-fiction with arguments and information being the key subject of book and story only getting the second seat. Almost half the book goes to listing every incidence of riot that ever occurred in Bangladesh — naming city and number of people killed, women raped and temples destroyed there. She also lists at least some incidences of India.
These longs lists although effective initially in giving the sheer volume of violence, soon gets a bit boring and even skim-able. Another problem is that this incidences are being mentally listed by characters in their mind and orally recited to each-other, as if they have crammed all this information like news channels reporters do.
But that is the problem, the information is not even being broadcast-ed on television — they just seems to know about incidences occurring in distant cities by intuition. It is a minor thing but it keeps occurring again and again. Similarly Surnajan seems to remember sayings of Jinnah and Kalam okay as well as the constitution along with the many amendments that have gone in it not okay. It would have made more sense if the omniscient narrator herself had shared the information and arguments directly instead of giving her characters hard-disk memories.
Regarding disputed land, I’ve always believed like Suranjan that all religious places should be destroyed and houses for poor, orphanages, hospitals, schools etc- in short something actually useful should be built in their place, and if you have enough land for that already, sell the land and use the money for charitable purposes but am against destruction of worshipping place of one religion for building that of other.
Although I also tasliam an Uncle who had another attractive, practical and secular idea as to what should be done to disputed land and if you lajia to extend the idea a little, it will solve all religious problems at once – his idea was to build a pub in that place, and lajj Hindus and Muslims would drink lajjw the pub in complete communal harmony.
I would rather make Alcohalism the sole religion for the whole world We shall baptise at age of five – by feeding the kid half a glass of Jack Martin, it will still be better than all the funny things religious people keep doing to their children. And if you consider it blasphemous, just look at evidence – Christ turned water into wine and gaveth it to people – I mean what does that tell you?
Holy Grail wouldn’t have been half as interesting if Jesus had drunk water from it – and what kind of rest you think God was having on seventh day? He obviously didnt go to church. Almost all Sufi poets talk about wine; and what do you think that ‘somras’ that Hindu dieties loved drinking so much was? Why, friends, it was just your every day Blenders Pride brewed with a hasrin of sugar at initial stages to give it a sweet taste.
And Greeks and Romans actually had Gods of wine – Dionysus and Bacchus; who can easily serve for those into idol worship. Admit it, it is that one God that every religion worship – and being a deeply pious soul myself, it kills me to see how so many people miss the obvious truth.
There are other benifits too, including the fact that making confessions are so far easier if you are drunk – and chances are if you are frequently drunk, you will have something real to confess about; wine comes in many brands and chances are you will like one brand or other b so it raslima far more attractive religion and above all, all religions offer their Utopias otherwise called ‘heavens’ or ‘paradise’ only after death – I mean tazlima a life time of wait; and even that with a lot of stipulations as to what you can or can not do meanwhile; and they will give you a hell of time if you fail to fulfil them.
Alcoholism is tasljma religion that provides services of instant Utopia for price of a few bucks and a bit of hangover. And so, if you are wise enough to adhere my summons, then it is high time tasliam replace priests with bartenders. View all 6 comments. A devastating account of the demolition of Babri Masjid in India and its inhumane reverberations in the lives of millions of Hindus in Bangladesh.
What begins as a slow paced story spirals into a heartbraking account once the violence hits the protagonist and his family. Feb 21, Aishu Rehman rated it liked it.
Apr 22, Jerry Jose rated it liked nasriin. Babri Masjid demolition, under whatever justifications, is undoubtedly the single greatest failure of our democracy and secularism. While it spiked communal laija in India, immediate butterfly effect was visible somewhere else, someplace that shares the same secular values, at Bangladesh. Author claims to have written this novel over a week of religious unrest, which escalated into demolition of century old temples and violence against minority Hindus, in retaliation to what happenings in India.
Lajja tells the story of a Hindu family, torn between their love towards lush green motherland they and their nassrin fought Independence for, and the choice of escape to India nasin the safety of their lives. Naarin secularism in the new found nation was a grey line, or it became one over time, with the declaration of Islam as state religion and rapid Islamisization of institutions. Through the thoughts and words of the hero, she subtly addressees the politics of language, how the streets and institutions were renamed, and how the ones that retained their old Hindu names were reduced to acronyms.
It is easy to understand this book getting banned, for her active criticisms against Awami League, BJP, RSS and other communal political coalitions on their vote mongering hate politics, is very visible. And the scariest part is, the relevance this book still holds, even after a decade of the pogrom, in a world we proudly call modern.
View all 8 comments. Taspima 03, Vidhi Chheda rated it really liked it. Taslima Nasrin, narrates a agonizing description of a country immersed in religious and political conflict. The pain suffered within your country but still loving it. When you read it, Sudhamoy’s optimism about Bangladesh is infuriating.
You want to shake him up and say look at the reality and stop being so ideal. But lajjaa the same time you still understand his love for the country for which Hindus and Muslims together fought for independence. Even after what happened to him, he continues to love Taslima Nasrin, narrates a agonizing description of a country immersed in religious and political conflict.
Even after what happened to him, he continues to faslima his country. What makes me extremely sad is that at the end of the book, they have to sneak out of their own houses like thieve, dejected and without any hope. Mar 05, Deepa Ranganathan rated it it was ok.
Highly exhaustive in terms of its analysis basrin factual inputs. Was hoping for more story-telling than facts thrown at my face however important they may be. A read for those who prefer non-fiction-alized read of historical narratives. Sadly, I’m not one of them. View all 3 comments.
May 20, Aditya Kelekar rated it it was amazing. Thirsting for my motherland’s love In the winter ofshortly after Lajja was released, I remember participating in a Quiz contest and being asked to name the author of Lajja.
I had answered correctly: It was two years then since the Babri Masjid had been demolished, but I hadn’t known of any connection between the demolition and the book. In fact, it is only now on reading Lajja, a good twenty years since the book was launched, that I found out how the demolition of Babri Ma Thirsting for my motherland’s love In the winter ofshortly after Lajja was released, I remember participating in a Quiz contest and being asked to name the author of Lajja.
In fact, it is only now on reading Lajja, a good twenty years since the book was launched, that I found out how the demolition of Babri Masjid had wrecked the lives of thousands of residents of Bangladesh.