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Lajja: Shame Paperback – June 1, 1994

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Bengali

About the Author

Taslima Nasrin practiced as a government doctor for a few years and then started her literary career by publishing poetry and later started writing a syndicated newspaper column in Bangladesh, as well as novels and essays. She was the recipient of the Ananda Puraskar, Calcutta, in 1992 and the Natosabha Puruskar, Dhaka, in 1993.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 12 edition (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140240519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140240511
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Israr Hasan on September 2, 2012
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Lajja (Shame) is the live depiction of the ethnic cleansing in Bangladesh. The Dutta family living in Bangladesh all their lives refused to live the country in spite of occasional terrorization by the Muslim fundamentalists. But when the retaliation against the Hindu families sparked after the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, in 1992 and the flames of hatred, killings, and bloodletting started, the nightmare arrives at the Dutta's doorstep and their world begins to fall apart. What happens with each and every Hindu family, living with the Muslims for centuries we see vividly in this story. This is not a report of any journalist, statesman, or politician. What is unique with this novel is the personal daily diary of an eyewitness, Taslima Nasreen, who was engulfed in this drama. Muslims of Bangladesh called for a ban on her novel. In Oct. 1993, an Islamic fundamentalist group, the Council of Islamic Soldiers offered a bounty for her death. In Aug. 1994 she was brought up on "charges of making inflammatory statements," and faced death threats from Islamic fundamentalists and religious Muslims. A hundred thousand demonstrators called her "an apostate"; a "militant faction threatened to set loose thousands of poisonous snakes in the capital unless she was executed." After spending two months in hiding, at the end of 1994 she escaped to Sweden, consequently ceasing her medical practice and becoming a full-time writer and activist. Since then, she has been moving from place to place.
Israr Hasan
Sept. 2, 2012.
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This is a work of genius only Taslima could write. She is a bold writer who is not afraid to express her honest feelings. A Truly remarkable lady.
A brave description of what actually went on in Bangladesh in early 90s. Too many people want to ignore the fact that hindus and
other minorities get treated like garbage in muslim majority countries. Too sad that things like these do not get published in news and papers. I wish Indian army had intervened during these attacks on minorites in 90s.
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I would like to answer the fools who wrote a negative review about this book.The fact is that they cannot accept the truth or they are unable to understand. These people are hypocrites.How does the entire world praise a person if she lacks basic story telling skills.
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The book presents story of a hindu family living in Bangladesh/East Pakistan in 1992 when Babri Masjid riots were going on in India. The book tells the story of Dutta family which loves Bangladesh, even though they see clear discrimination, violence and hatred for Hindus. The nation of Bangladesh was created for people who called themselves as 'Bangla', but slowly a movement started which converted Bangladesh to an Islamic country. The vision of the nation was to be a secular country, but it ended up as an Islamic country. The story revolves around the lives of a family consisting Sudhmoy(husband, doctor), Kiranmoyee(Wife) and their two kids Suranjan and Maya. The book shows in the beginning Suranjan is patriotic and wants to bring social justice in his country Bangladesh. His father is as patriotic as he is and ridicules Hindus who are leaving Bangladesh during the troubled times. However, after the Babri riots happen, all hell breaks loose and the family faces really hard times. Slowly Suranjan starts identifying himself as Hindu and not Bangla anymore. The story ends with the family giving up their hopes and aspirations to be knows as citizens of Bangladesh.

The tale is very touching and shows how a nation betrays its citizens, even when the only emotion they have for their country is patriotism. The nation of Bangladesh has failed to live upto the dreams and aspirations of its Hindu citizens which helped in its creation.

However, there are certain aspects of writing which make the book less appealing. There are real life facts/events which have been directly copy pasted in the middle of the text. It becomes very boring to read them after a few pages.
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I m thrilled to read this book . Its the first book that I have ever read and am thrilled to read a book on the cruelty of man in the name of religion. Hindu and Muslim, I accept that they are two different religion. but both the religion and there holy literature teach only love, peace, and harmony among not just there own religion but also among people of different sects and religion. The writer has written this book in such a lucid language that its a pleasure reading this book. Tears roll down your eyes when you read this book. I for once really could not stop tears flowing out of my eyes. Why in this world people practice communalism? Why is there hate among people on the grounds of religion? These are few question that the fundamentalists have to answer. If you want to feal the pinch about human cruelty, if you want to visualize the pinch of communalism, than this is the book that I suggest you and everyone to read. Dont miss it its really one of the greatest books written
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This is a heart touching tale of a Hindu family who love their country despite all the odds. I finished the book in a day. I was awake all night to know what happens next? I think she left an open question which kept me awake all night long. Sad but true story of religious craze.
She deserves all accolades for a writing style that would move your soul. You are bound to think of the religions, the reason as to why they exist and the power any religion has when misused by politics. Its very sad that the poor and oppressed are easily carried away by religion. In a country like Bangladesh they favor religion over development. What else can be more sorrowful and moronic?
I would recommend everyone to read this.
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