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Lajja (Shame) Paperback – 30 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140240519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140240511
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that was much needed in this world, Where Fundamentalist Fanatics are slowly and steadily rising in strength, It exposes an important issue, that has been largely ignored . Taslima Nasrin deserves accolades for this great work of her. --By Vatan on 8 July 2014

simply love this book. One cannot stop till it comes to an end. All should go for it. Above all its not communal --By Manisha on 24 February 2014

Nice one --By Anindita Nandi 9 November 2014 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Taslima Nasrin was born in Bangladesh. A former physician and an author, Taslima has been living in exile since 1994. She works for secular humanism, freedom of thought and equality for women. Some of her most notable works are: Shodh, Bhromor Koio Gia, Narir Kono Desh Nei, Nirbashito Bahire Ontore, and Nimontron. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is about how religious fundamentalism affects normal people and the society they live in.The story line is set against the Babri Masjid demolition by Hindu fundamentalist on 6th December 1992 at Ayodhayain India.The fall-out of this incident on minority Hindus in neighbouring Banglaedesh has been told through Duttas family-Sudhmoy ,Kironmyee and their two children ,Suranjan and Maya.The way each member observes ,interprets and responds to religious extremism unfolding in front of them can give an insight into how people cope with such situations individually and i must say author has beautifully penned these emotions.You have -the idealist Sudhamoy,head of the family ,who till the end clings to his motherland , disillusioned Suranjan(son) who slowly starts questioning everything which he thought he had understood and emotionally locked up Kironmyee(Sudhmoy's wife) -epitomising woman from sub-continent for whom family is above all.
Fiction has been peppered with actual historical events, facts and statistics throughout the novel to give credibility to author's arguments.At times one feels as if author is trying to prove something or other to authorities in power. This novel is in a way author's cry for humanism.
I have given only four stars since i felt author has left many things untouched and unanswered on such a topic.The book is heavy on stating the incidents and facts rather than analysing or suggesting some solution which one might expect given the nature of the novel
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wow. a book that shows how evil people can be. a novella with some true historical documentation embedded within, as well being a story about a family.
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Fascinating and disdturbing insight into another culture.
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Although the content of this book has deeper significance (sectarian conflict, minority repression) , it is difficult to follow the narrative due to the childish ramblings of the author. A GCSE student could have written better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shame on Religious Fanatics. 2 Sept. 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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching story of religious atrocities but poorly written 8 Jan. 2011
By PRATEEK JAIN - Published on
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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. The characters seem to have a flawless memory of all these events as they remember and narrate them without any problems at all. All this happens way too often and it becomes annoying. The patriotism seems to be impractical, even when your daughter is being kidnapped and raped, its impractical to imagine that you will still praise your nation without any complains!

I feel extremely sorry for Ms.Tasalima Nasarin for having faced all the trouble. I don't see anything wrong with what she has written in the book. I wish my country India could have offered her more support and protection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book ! Must read 29 Aug. 2015
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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.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shocking to know man can be so crual 13 May 2000
By Ajay Mehta - Published on
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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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would like to answer the fools who wrote a negative review ... 21 Oct. 2014
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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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