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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 March 30th 1993)
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Vidhi Chheda
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
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Nanny SA
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
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Deepa Ranganathan
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.
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
Endah
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
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Nurul
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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
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Aditya Kelekar
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
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mai ahmd
...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
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Book'd
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
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Amalie
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
Pera
Apr 05, 2008 Pera rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Meaghan
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

Ranjitha
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Veena .
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
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Divya
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-
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د. حمدان


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
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Ririenz
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
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Kristi
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
Mahmoud Hussain
ماهو الوطن...؟؟؟
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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
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لماذا يهرب الهندوس من بنجلاديش الي الهند لماذا لاتحدث المواجهه السلمي
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Tariq Mahmood
Taslima has tried to focus on the ugly spectre of communalism in Bangladesh after the Baburi masjid demolition in India. The plight of a Hindu family is presented against the backdrop of Islamic fundamentalism with occasional references to real instances of communal violence in Bangladesh. The story itself was pretty ordinary with lame dialogue and a lot of repetition. I struggled to finish the book as the story dragged over the same points over and over again. Secularism is the answer in Indian ...more
Sumitha Bennet
It is a heart rending tale of Muslim fundamentalists wreaking havoc on the Hindus of Bangladesh. The story is weaved around a Bengali Hindu family of four members, Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, Maya, Suranjan, who were forced to leave their land and take refuge in India as circumstances in Bangladesh did not allow them to live in peace there.
Brings you face-to-face with the evil consequences of communal violence.
Abhilasha
Lajja was one of the first controversial novels I came to know about. I read that it has been banned in various places and a ‘Fatwa’ has been issued against its writer, Taslima Nasrin. Since then it has been on my reading list, but since it wasn’t readily available so I forgot about it for some time. But now when I came across it, I picked it up and ventured to find out what explosives could it possible contain that made people put a target on the author’s back.

Lajja is a story of a Hindu Bengal
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Sreejesh PS
One of the most haunting novels I have ever read. At the time of the riots, the mobs were deprived of humanity and is led by lust and fanaticism. The dominant chokes the oppressed. Then ideologies crumble. Survival becomes the whole point of life!!
Sudhir R
Splitting the head of Democracy into fringes, is the only outcome of sectarian forces taking over any Nation... Why is that always one particular religion across the world finds all other religion a problem and a threat, when the former grow in size or numbers??? On a juxtapose, Ironically a consistent lament for deprivation of democratic rights through out the globe, where ever they don't have the reins... One needs a lion's heart in 'being Taslima'... This book truly seems to be a dossier of t ...more
Rahul Gupta
I finally got around to reading the controversy creating novel and I cannot figure out what the uproar is all about. It might have been something lost in translation to the English version I read, as I don’t understand Bengali and hence couldn’t read the original version. The book follows the story of a Bangladeshi Hindu family during the anti-hindu riots following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. You may call it a story but it can be more accurately described as a list of specific incide ...more
Sajid Ali
Awefully, Awsome..... Brutal Truth..... I could not derive logic from the hue and cry about the content of the book from so called "Islamic Scholars and Followers". Mob behaviour has nothing to do with religion. Its about being on other side.
Sreejith Sreedhar
സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം തന്നെയമൃതം.. സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം തന്നെ ജീവിതം..
പാരതന്ത്ര്യം മാനികൾക്ക് മൃതിയെക്കാൾ ഭയാനകം.."
കുട്ടിക്കാലം മുതൽക്കേ ഇത് കേട്ടു വളർന്നതാണ് ഞാൻ.. ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ഹിന്ദുക്കൾ ബാബറി മസ്ജിദ് തകർത്തതിന്റെ പേരിൽ കഷ്ട നഷ്ടങ്ങൾ സഹിക്കേണ്ടിവന്നത് നിരപരാധികളായ ബംഗ്ലാദേശികൾ ആണ്. ജീവനും സ്വത്തും അമ്മ പെങ്ങമ്മാരുടെ മാനവും സംരക്ഷിക്കാൻ പറ്റാതെ വിഷമിക്കുന്ന ഹിന്ദുക്കളുടെ വേദന "ലജ്ജ" യിലൂടെ തസ്ലീമ ലോകത്തിനു മുൻപിൽ തുറന്നുകാട്ടിയിരിക്കുന്നു . തന്റെ മാതൃ രാജ്യത്തെ ജീവനെക്കാളുപരി സ്നേഹിച്ച സുരന്ജനും സുധാമൊയിക്കും അ
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Harsha Pandey
Very touching novel. End is truly disappointing but reality based.
Leaving your country against your will after getting forced and that too after bearing all dire hardships. When I was too young one of my friends told me that her grandfather had migrated to India from Bangladesh at that time I had no idea about the pains her family would have gone through and that it was not just a willful migration.
I wonder the irony that we desire to be a human but situations make a muslim or a hindu out of us
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Ajay Gautam
A painful story of a Hindu family living in Bangladesh when Babri maszid was demolished and how even when they were threatened for their life, they still believed that its their motherland and they should not leave it.
The story shows that even if you refuge to identify yourself by your religion, other will still identify you by the same. And more in the time of crisis.
All in all, this is a sad story about the state of people in bangladesh (and other places too) where minorities are living their
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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.” 15 likes
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