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Lajja: Shame

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The Duttas - Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, and their two children, Suranjan and Maya - have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being part of the country's small Hindu community, that is terrorized at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists, they refuse to leave their country, as most of their friends and relatives have done. Sudhamoy, an atheist, believes with a naiv ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 30th 2003 by Penguin (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jul 16, 2015 Nishat rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Let another name for religion be humanism.

কোন জাতি কি কখনো সমপূরণ ভাবে সভয হতে পারবে? আদৌ সভযতা কি মানুষের চরিতরে আছে? না সবই একটা বড় মরীচিকা? শহীদ আসাদ থেকে নববইয়ের দিকে সব হিনদু বাড়ি পুড়িয়ে ফেলা, আবার এখন -তে এসে বছরের বাচচার ধরষিত হওয়া, এরপর রাজন হতযা! এ চকর শুধু বড় হচছে, আর মানুষ হিসেবে আমরা করমশ ছোট।

এ বই দতত পরিবারকে নিয়ে। ভারতের বাবরি মসজিদ পুড়ে গেলে, এই মুলুকের উগর মুসলিমদের উগরতা বেড়ে যায়, পাথর চেপে বসে এ পরিবারের উপর। সময়ের পরিবরতনে তারা ধূতি ছেড়ে পায়জামা ধরে, কিনতু শেষ রকষা হয় না, ভ
Vidhi Chheda
Jul 03, 2012 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 at 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
Deepa Ranganathan
Sep 24, 2012 Deepa Ranganathan rated it it was ok
Highly exhaustive in terms of its analysis of 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.
Nanny SA
Jun 04, 2011 Nanny SA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, borrowed, 2009
Sebelum membaca buku ini aku sudah baca beberapa reviewnya, jadi sudah dapat memperkirakan isinya, tapi tetap masih penasaran untuk membacanya. Beruntung dapat pinjaman dari Nurul.

Lajja (dalam bahasa Bangladesh berarti malu) ,novel fiksi yang bersumber dari fakta yang nyata tentang 13 hari kehidupan keluarga Sudhamoy di Bangladesh yang penuh teror dan ketakutan.

Bangladesh adalah Negara pecahan dari Pakistan, tepatnya di Pakistan sebelah timur. Bangladesh berdiri pada th. 1971 mayoritas rakyatn
Lina AL Ojaili
تركز الرواية على مسألة الانسانية قبل أن يكون الشخص مسلما أو هندوسيا أو مسيحيا أو بوذي
والكاتبة هنا لاتهاجم الأسلام كدين ولكنها تهاجم ممارسات المتعصبين من الهندوس والمسلمين
Aditya Kelekar
May 20, 2012 Aditya Kelekar rated it it was amazing
Thirsting for my motherland's love

In the winter of 1994, shortly after Lajja was released, I remember participating in a Quiz contest and being asked to name the author of Lajja. I had answered correctly: Taslima Nasreen. 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
mai ahmd
Feb 20, 2012 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
...لا أدري ماذا أقول عن هذه الرواية ولكنها حقيقة سببت لي إكتئابا إن الواقع الذي حكت عنه تسليمة لهو واقع مأساوي يشعرك كم نحن على شفير هاوية من التعصب والعنصرية البغيضة وغياب أسمى قيم الحياة الإنسانية
نعم إنها العودة إلى حياة الغاب ، ما قالته تسليمة لا يستطيع أحد نكرانه مانراه من أحداث عنف دموية بين الطوائف المتعددة وبين أصحاب الديانات المختلفة لهو واقع وإن حاولنا إخفاءه أو التعامي عنه
أعجبتني شجاعة تسليمة على الرغم من أن الرواية ليست ذات قيمة أدبية كبيرة
بل إنها حشدت الكثير من الأحداث السياسية كأخ
May 19, 2009 Endah rated it liked it
Mulai kini biarlah rumah ibadah menjadi akademi seni, sekolah seni rupa, balai diskusi sains. Biarlah tempat-tempat pemujaan menjadi sawah ladang bermandi cahaya matahari, sungai biru yang mengalir, dan samudra liar yang tak pernah diam. Biarlah agama berganti nama menjadi kemanusiaan" (hal 254)

Ketika membaca fatwa Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) beberapa waktu lalu yang mengharamkan pluralisme dalam hubungannya menyikapi kelompok aliran Islam Ahmadiyah , saya tertegun. Apakah para ulama negara i
May 26, 2009 Nurul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
dapet dari acara book swap GRI di WBD

Suranjan ingin menjadi seekor kucing. Karena kucing memiliki identitas bersama. Kucing garong di pasar, kucing yang singgah dan tidur di teras, semuanya barangkali punya hak yang sama akan tulang ikan yang terserak di tempat sampah. Hanya manusia yang punya ras dan kelompok.

Masjid Babri di Ayodhya, India. Didirikan oleh Mughal pertama, Babur, pada abad ke 16. Tempat ini sendiri dianggap sebagai tempat lahirnya Rama bagi umat Hindu. Sang Mughal dianggap telah
Shimaa srour

من الحمق وصف المتطرفين بأسماء دياناتهم صدقا لم أجد فرقا بين متطرف مسلم ومسيحي ويهودي وهندوسي واكاد اجزم ان احد من هؤلاء لو ولد على دين اخر لتعصب له وقتل باسمه اصحاب الديانات الاخرى الذي ولولا الصدفة البحتة لولد ذلك المتطرف ونشأ على دين من سيتقلهم لاحقا

لم أكن اعرف ان بنجلاديش نشأت دولة علمانيه حقيقه كنت اعتقد أن بنجلاديش دوله مسلمة تماما لتأتي مقدمة الروايه لتوضح أن بنجلاديش دولة مؤلفه من عدة ديانات يمثل المسلمون الأكثريه يليهم الهندوس بنسبة تقارب ال20%
لم أكن اعلم أن بنجلاديش ناضلت للحصول على الا
Oct 14, 2009 Kristi rated it did not like it
The true shame is found in the fact that this vitally important topic is lost in the pedantic, repetitive recitation of the horrors inflicted upon the Hindu Bangladeshi by Muslims – pages and pages and pages of the stuff. After a while, the brain glazes over and refuses to absorb any more. It’s so sad that the message is lost, and so unnecessary. I read the book cover to cover, hoping that there would be some redeeming factor, but what little story there was appeared to be merely an excuse to lo ...more
Whatever this book may be as a sociopolitical statement, it makes a remarkably poor novel. I basically skimmed through it after 50 pages or so. All the characters talked like newspapers. The story should have been suspenseful, especially after Maya's abduction, but I couldn't bring myself to care about either the fate of the Dutta family or the Hindu/Muslim problem at large. Frankly, I was bored stiff by this book. Maybe I am just not the right audience.
ليلى المطوع
مؤلمة هذه الرواية ، انه من الصعب ان يجد الانسان نفسه غريبا في بلده وان يدفع اخطاء الاخرين التي لادخل له بها

Sarika Patkotwar
Mar 10, 2015 Sarika Patkotwar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Lajja by Taslima Nasrin from Random House India in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book!

I had been looking forward to reading author Taslima Nasrin's Lajja since a very long time, and once I read it, I realised why it is banned in Bangladesh, but appreciated all over the world. Communal riots is a term residents of South Asia know very well, and fear as well. The negativity of human nature is at its peak at such t
Jul 22, 2012 Book'd rated it liked it
One of the most serious reads I have read till date.
Pages full of dense texts and facts that you may never know if you have not read this one.
The pain that Hindus in Bangladesh have gone through during the Babri masjid demolition riots is what this book title says - SHAME.
Hats off to the research and boldness of Taslima Nasreen. To put these facts in a book demands a lot of courage. Once you read this book, you will come to realize why she was threatened and banned because of this book.
This is a
Apr 05, 2008 Pera rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Islam
Shelves: sosial
Novel ini lebih tepat adalah kumpulan berita yang di ceritakan oleh tokoh ceritanya.
Ditulis berdasarkan kisah nyata.
Mengisahkan tentang tragedi akibat fanatisme agama di Bangladesh. Tragedi yang dipicu dari pembakaran mesjid Babri di Ayodya pada 6 desember 1992 di India oleh umat hindu.

Umat Islam di Bangladesh, melakukan pembalasan ke umat hindu di negaranya. Rumah ibadah hindu di bakar. Tanah dan harta di rampas dan perempuan-perempuannya di perkosa. Dan terjadilah migrasi besar-besaran umat
Jun 10, 2015 Meenakshi rated it liked it
Very heartbreaking with its in the face account of 'communal terrorism' (Nasrin's word for communal riots in Bangladesh). It provides a perspective into the lives of Bangladeshi Hindus like only an insider could. The pain and agony are palpitating to the core. Sudhamoy's idealism is frustrating and one feels like shaking him hard to wake him up into the reality. Suranjan's indifference is aggravating and brings a sense hopelessness and despair into the reader's mind. However, it was Kironmoyee's ...more
Abhishek Ghosh
Nov 04, 2015 Abhishek Ghosh rated it liked it
It was honestly one of the more powerful books ive read, this especially coming from an atheist with Islamic roots, which in itself attracts a bit of attention more often than not in our world. What i really liked about this book is that it flows smoothly and quickly inspite of trying to bring across a point. A point that id say i would agree with any given day of the week, ie, religion is the weakest and more egregious opiate known to corrupt and ruin mans pursuit and life. perhaps my attractio ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Ranjitha rated it it was amazing
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Jul 13, 2013 Veena rated it liked it
Shelves: area-specific
lajja is a book that was recommended to me by a friend who had not even finished it. but she apparently liked it so much that she did not want to read the book ahead, scared that it will end on a bad note!! instead she asked me to read it!!

i picked up the book because i wanted to know what made her put it down!!

taslima nasrin is a very famous author who was thrown out of the country because she had written about wrong doings Hindus had to face in Bangladesh after Babri masjid was destroyed in I
Jan 20, 2013 Divya rated it it was ok
This book comes with a lot of baggage. Ever since it was written the author has been on a run for her life.
It seems wrong almost to say I didn't like the book.
The story was flat. The translation was strained.
I couldn't feel for the characters and in many places the book read like a news-article.

It did, however, bring to the fore-front the events and the horrific aftermath of what happened in the Indian sub-continent on December 6, 1992.
It did explicitly express the shameful realities and narrow-
This was a novel I had been wanting to read for a long time but never had enough guts to do so. This is a highly sensitive novel and some areas are really difficult to read because there are terribly horrifying. Lajja means shame, is a response to anti-Hindu riots which erupted in parts of Bangladesh, soon after the demolition of Babri Masjid in India on 6 December 1992. The book subtly indicates that communal feelings were on the rise, the Hindu minority of Bangladesh was not fairly treated, an ...more
د. حمدان
May 24, 2013 د. حمدان rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels

لا تكمن أهمية هذه الرواية في أسلوبها الخارق، ولا في حبكتها العبقرية ! إنما هو الموضوع ما يجعل منها مثيرة للجدل.
تنحدر تسليمة نسرين من بنغلادش تلك الدولة التي تحمل تاريخاً دموياً من الصراع الموروث عن الإستعمار البريطاني لشبه القارة الهندية. تلك الدولة والتي ولدت من الأطراف الشرقية للباكستان على أنها دولة علمانية.. ليتغير الأمر فيما بعد وتصبح ذات توجه إسلامي لا يخفى على أحد.

الرواية تتحدث عن الاضطهاد الذي تتعرض له الأقلية الهندوسية في بنغلادش على أيدي الأغلبية المسلمة والتي تُمارس بشكل منهجي كما يبد
Jul 14, 2008 Ririenz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sastra
Membaca novel ini bikin capek hati... Sebenarnya Lajja adalah novel fiksi ttp fakta2 nyata yg diungkapkan oleh Taslima Nasreen ttg negerinya sangat mengerikan.Tidak heran bila Taslima Nasreen, si empunya karya ini mendapat kecaman yg sangat keras dari pemerintah Bangladesh dan dianggap sbg pengkhianat bangsa sehingga dia harus meminta suaka dari negara lain.

Lajja dalam bahasa Bangladesh berarti malu, dan kalimat yg menjadi kuncinya adalah " Biarlah agama berganti nama menjadi kemanusiaan ". Nove
Leena Pangarkar
Jan 11, 2016 Leena Pangarkar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-time-fav
When i read this book i might be in my last stage of teens... trust me it was shocking to read this but Taslima Nasrin has the way with her words which depicts not only the emotions accurately but also,,, she gives details on the entire situation in so flow-ey patterns that u get engrossed in this wonderful book..
I mean once u start reading this... u cant keep the book down unless u know the entire story....
Mohammed Elsafty
لم ار في الرواية إلا مهاجمة للتطرف (و الذي يمثله المسلمين بالطبع) بالإضافة الى محاولة تمييع كل ثوابت الدين الإسلامي بل و السخرية منها
بالطبع مع النظرة الشيوعية التي تتبناها الكاتبة بوضوح من خلال بطل الرواية
في المجمل رواية اثارت استهجاني و استيائي كمسلم لما فيها من تحامل واضح على الاديان بصفة عامة و الإسلام خصوصا
Yermani Wajdi
عندما يضطهد الانسان بسبب دينه و عرقه تنعدم فيه المواطنة و تسقط كل مبادءه قصة كئيبة تروي معاناة الاقليات في كل مكان و زمان
Dina Nabil
لاجا كلمة بنغالية معناها "العار" و يسميها المترجم رواية الغضب ... مشكلة و جمال النوع ده من الاعمال الادبية انك مش هتقدر تحكم عليه الا لما تعرف الخلفية السياسية و الاحداث اللى حصلت وقت كتابتها

و بسبب كده القارئ هيفاجئ ان مقدمة المترجم بالاضافه للغلاف الخلفى كله عن القصة الطائفية دى و مفيش اى اشارة لاحداث القصة ذاتها و مجريات تطورها , و الامر باختصار ان سنه 1992 هدم المتطرفين الهندوس مسجد اثرى فى الهند جه على اثراها احداث طائفية فى الهند و بنجلادش البلد المنفصل عن الهند
الامر هيتطور طبعا لاعداد قتلى
Arka Das
Apr 10, 2015 Arka Das rated it it was amazing
Mahmoud Hussain
ماهو الوطن...؟؟؟
تدور احداث الرواية في سنة 1992,عندما قام الهندوس بهدم مسجد بابري في الهند .
فقام المسلمون في الهند باعمال شغب مما ترتب عليه قتل اكثر من 1700 مسلم .
عندها قام البنجالين (البنجلدشين) بالثار لهدم المسجد و قامو بهدم الكثير من المعابد واعمال عنف و حرق لممتلاكات الهندوس في بنجلاديش.مما ترتب عليه مغادرة الكثير من الاسر الهندوسيه هربا من بنجالاديش الي حيث الامان بالهند
لماذا يهرب الهندوس من بنجلاديش الي الهند لماذا لاتحدث المواجهه السلمي
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Taslima Nasrin (Bengali: তসলিমা নাসরিন) is a Bengali Bangladeshi ex-doctor turned author who has been living in exile since 1994. From a modest literary profile in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her feminist views and her criticism of Islam in particular and of religion in general.

Since fleeing Bangladesh in 1994 she has lived in many countries, and
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“It is said that peace is the basic tenet of all religion. Yet it is in the name of religion that there has been so much disturbance, bloodshed and persecution. It is indeed a pity that even at the close of the twentieth century we've had to witness such atrocities because of religion. Flying the flag of religion has always proved the easiest way to crush to nothingness human beings as well as the spirit of humanity.” 19 likes
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