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Awakening: The Story of the Bengal Renaissance

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In the nineteenth century, Bengal witnessed an extraordinary intellectual flowering. Bengali prose emerged, and with it the novel and modern blank verse; old arguments about religion, society, and the lives of women were overturned; great schools and colleges were created; new ideas surfaced in science. And all these changes were led by a handful of remarkable men and ...more
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Riju Ganguly
Nov 16, 2015 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
Like most Bengalis of our generation, my fascination with Nineteenth Century Bengal, especially the intellectual upheavals & tumults that took place in & around Calcutta during those days, began with surreptitious (since I was underage then, while the novel was decidedly adult) reading of সেই সময় (THOSE DAYS) by Sunil Gangopadhyay, which was getting serialized in “Desh” in early 1980-s. Later, as students in the Secondary level, we got to know about the events a little more, albeit in a ...more
Anup Das
Feb 07, 2015 Anup Das rated it it was amazing
Nice narratives of socio-religious-cultural reform movements in Bengal
This book gives us narratives on making of religious, social and cultural reform movements in undivided Bengal province of the British India during the 19th and 20th centuries. These awakening movements subsequently helped in spreading of Swadeshi ideas and freedom struggles across the sub-continent. It is really engaging while reading this book.
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