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Translated for the first time into English, Saratchandra's Srikanta was first published over seventy years ago and could perhaps be called the first modern Indian novel...

Srikanta, the narrator, is an aimless drifter, a passive spectator who cannot survive without the support of an individual stronger than himself. As a child, he idealizes the chaste Annada Didi—the epitom
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Paperback, 504 pages
Published October 14th 2000 by Penguin Books India (first published 1917)
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Neha
Srikanta - though the name of the novel is on the male narattor but it should ideally be "Srikanta & his tryst with women'. Srikanta goes on to narrate only those parts of his life where he met different women & how his life went by while he was watching these magnanimous women going about being virtuous & accomplished. From Kamal Lata, Abhaya, Rajlakshmi or Pyaari - all these women were how women should be - strong, caring, loving, religious, pious and pure. Srikanta seems to be a s ...more
Ritika Gupta
Gives a good insight into the mindset of a Brahmin Bengali in the pre-independence era in India. Choosing between rationalism and age-old ritual of caste-ism, where and how does one begin? And how does the transition happen. The style of writing is decent, but I think this one was lost in translation. I am sure this would have been a 4.5 had I read this in the original language.
Anindita Ray
my most fevorite novel forever
Ashish Chakravarty
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one lay untouched on my shelves for over 11 years, but finally happy to have read it. Beautiful images of 19th century Bengal through the eyes of the principal narrator, a rather morose and sickly individual with no ambition greater than where his emotions might take him. Sarat babu's love of flawed and decaying characters are evident throughout; each lovingly created with many layers and hues, such that it is impossible to have any fixed feeling about any of them. A splendid read, and if y ...more
Tanvir Klion
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"কিনতু ঘুম আসিল না। সতিমিতচকষে চুপ করিযা আকাশের গাযে মেঘ ও চাঁদের লুকোচুরি খেলা দেখিতে লাগিলাম। ঐ ডোবে, ঐ ভাসে, আবার ডোবে, আবার ভাসে। আর কানে আসিতে লাগিল,—জলসরোতের সেই একটানা হুঙকার। আমার একটা কথা পরাযই মনে পডে। সেদিন অমন করিযা সব ভুলিযা মেঘ আর চাদের মধযে ডুবিযা গিযাছিলাম কি করিযা? সে ত আমার তনময হইযা চাঁদ দেখিবার বযস নয! কিনতু ওই যে বুডোরা পৃথিবীর অনেক বযাপার দেখিযা-শুনিযা বলে যে ওই বাহিরের চাঁদটাও কিছু না, মেঘটাও কিছু না, সব ফাকি—সব ফাকি! আসল যা কিছু, তা এই নিজের মনটা । সে যখন যাকে যা দেখায, ব ...more
Sarwat
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Srikanta is a tale of pre-1947 India crumpled in inner turmoil, caste & gender segregation as well as religious hypocrisy. With beautiful narratives and descriptions of the Indian landscape and its unique men and women, it is a story about a weak-willed man who dreams of a better world, yet is moved to inaction by his own inertia to do anything about it. Women come and go, moulding him according to their own ideas and he accepts them meekly. That this was written a 100-200 years back, owing ...more
Book Ninja
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Srikanta is about an aimless wanderer. He goes wherever life takes him. He meets people from every walk of life. This book tells us about the Hindu religion and how people are judged by their caste. People get jobs based on their castes not on merit. This novel tells us that Indian people, specially people from lower castes, are tired of this system. It was an interesting book and it gave me a lot of knowledge about the Indian culture, which is an umbrella term for the spectrum of cultures prese ...more
Deepak Pitaliya
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hindi
Surely Srikant is one of the greatest book I have ever read. I am not qualified to write a review of such a great work of literature. I just wish I knew Bangla so that I could read it in its original language.
Sid
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book must be read in Bengali - in my opinion, the greatest Bengali novel ever.
Shah Shajedur Rahman Shakil
অননদাদিদি, অভয়া, রাজলকষী, পুটি, কমললতা, গহর চরিতরগুলোকে দিয়ে সংসকার আর কুসংসকারের বেড়াজাল যেভাবে পরিসফুটিত, তা অবিভূত হবার মতই। সবচেয়ে চিততাকরষক মনে হয়েছে সুননদার কাছ থেকে রাজলকষীর শিকষা, বিদযার কাজ সংসকারকে উপেকষা করে নয় বরং তার সাথে সহাবসথানের মাধযমেই এতে পরিবরতন আনা। ...more
Maruf Hossain
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
শরীকানতের শৈশব-কৈশোরের মাঝে নিজের ছোটবেলাটা খুঁজে পাই, এবং শৈশবের অপূরণ ইচছাগুলো শরীকানত-ইনদরের কাজগুলোর মধয দিয়ে খুঁজে পাই। যৌবনের শরীকানত-রাজলকষমী রসায়নটা আমার মতে বিশব সাহিতযের অনযতম সেরা রোমানটিক রসায়ন। রাজলকষমী আমার কাছে শানত, সনিগধ পরেমময়ী বিদরোহের পরতিমূরতি। বইটিতে বরণিত শরীকানতের মত সবাধীন, ভবঘুরে একটা জীবনের জনয কতদিন গুমরে মরেছি (এখনও মরি, কলপনায়)। সাহসের অভাব! সবপন দেখি, কোন একদিন শরীকানতের মত সাহস যোগাতে পারলেই সব পিছুটান ছিঁড়ে বেরিয়ে পড়ব একলা। ...more
Green Mile
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
পরিবেশ, কাহিনী, চরিতরে, ভাষায়, বরণনায়, উপসহাপনায়, দারিদরতায় বনধুতবে উদাসীন পরেমের এক অসাধারন উপনযাস। ...more
Uttam Kumar Basak
Indranath in Srikanta is one of my childhood heroes.
Ved Prakash
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
आतमकथय शैली में लिखे इस उपनयास के protagonist तो शरीकांत बाबू हैं। लेकिन इस सफ़र में जिन चार महिलाओं के संपरक में ये आए हैं, वे इस पुरुष पातर से हज़ार गुना सशकत हैं।

नॉवेल बहुआयामी है।

एक तरफ आप पराधीन भारत के जकड़न में बंधे समाज का दरशन कर सकते हैं वहीं दूसरी ओर आप ये देख सकते हैं कि जब वयकति अपने परिचित समाज से दूर चला जाता है तो वो वयकति कितना बदल जाता है या यूँ कहें कि सामाजिक बंधन से मुकत हो जाता है।

सामाजिक ताना बाना के अलावा आप नॉवेल की एक पातर कमल लता के माधयम से सांसारिक माया से मोकष परापति
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Soumitro Roy
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ordinary tale of wanderings, of emotional frictions, of pre-independent India's rural Bengal life and society, of questions on the face of illogical social norms, of sufferings of ordinary people, of love and romance of ordinary people... an ordinary tale told in an extraodinary way...

The only regret is Sarat promised his publisher at 'Bharatborsho' that if he likes the 4th part of Srikanta then Sarat will write a 5th part covering Abhaya's life and end the novel. But Sarat never wrote it.
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A M Saffat-ee Huq
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
বইটা মনদ নয়। শরতের সেই চিরায়ত সমালোচনা শেষে পুরোনো সংসকারেরই গুণগাণ। তবে কেমন ছননছাড়া। কেমন দুরবল আমাদের শরীকানত। তার দুরবলতার কাছেই যেন নারীরা বনদি।
বইটা তেমন কাদাতে হাসাতে কিংবা ভাবাতে পারে নি। তবে কিছু নারী জয় করেছে মন। তাদের আদরশের গুণগাণ গেয়ে গিয়েছে লেখক। কিনতু তাদের এমন দৃঢ় চরিতরগুলোকে শরীকানতের অনেক সময়ই সংসকারের কষুদর চোঙের মধযে দিয়ে দেখাটা বিরকতির উদরেক করে।
সব মিলিয়ে ভালোই।
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Jajabor Biddut
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
আমাকে যদি তুমি জিজঞেস কর, " আচছা, তোমার পড়া শরেষঠ উপনযাস কোনটি?" আমি কোন কিছু না ভেবেই তোমায় বলব, " নিশচয়ই শরীকানত! " যবে থেকে বইটা পড়া শুরু করেছিলাম, সেদিন থেকেই একটা অনযরকম টান পেতে শুরু করেছিলাম শরীকানতের পরতি। আর হয়ত জীবনের শেষ পরযনত শরীকানতে গভীর জীবনবোধ, বযকতিতব, ছননছাড়া ভাব, ধারমিকতা, পরেমিক সহ আরো অনেক গুণের জনয চিরসথায়ী ভাবে মনে গেঁথে থাকবে। ...more
Gaurav
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I've read it second time and strangely just after finishing crime and punishment second time.
It was like the journey of Raskolnikov and Sonya continues on the path of awakening, after his emancipation, but the mode is devotion, perchance because it is east, even the characterial traits and job was profile pretty much the same. A courtesan who remained chaste amidst the filth of the society, with the character so pious, a devotion to society and even more than that to a man, to repent the deeds,
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Dainik
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Srikanta

A story of a traveller whose destiny was to become a liberator of women from there mental griefs and burdens of life.

The novel portrays too many things parallel making it difficult to look at it from a single perspective. At one side it is a portrayal of the oppression that Hindu society practised over it's women. On the other hand it showcases the evil practices of dowry and other social oppressions.
It also outlines very deep character insights of women and portray how true devotion,
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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Over the years when I read it, and reread it, baffled about the mystique surrounding it and the sparse nature of the book, it took some reflection about the time and space this came from and depicts and belongs to, to realise its height compared to the ground it rose from. Although that time was not short of people of great stature in the world and in the nation this came from, still, this was a shocking read for the age for the common reader, all the more so since here was a male writer depicti ...more
Iam Roshan
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For the people who don't know much about Sharat Chandra's life wont be able to connect with the book that easily but many claims that Srikanta in parts is more of sharat ji himself. Srikanta was completed in four phases starting in 1917 and final installment came in 1933. what a wonderful book it is, beauty of the book is ladies character in srikanta's life who are not only strong in personality but also makes you feel for them. A biography written for Sharat ji called 'Awara Masiha' is rightly ...more
Anupama Sarkar
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sarat Chandra may be more famous for Devdas and Parineeta, courtesy Bollywood. But I was lucky enough to begin my journey into Sarat Da's world with his best work i.e. Srikanta.

The book is voluminous and a heavy read, as Sarat Chandra has a tendency to drift into philosophical meanderings every now and then. And yet, it is one of my most enjoyable, worthy and priced possession. Divided into four parts, the story revolves around a young man from the age of 15 to 30 plus. Narrative is in first per
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Santanu Dutta
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am not going to write a review of Srikanta. I am not capable of doing so. The book i have given a five star and read many a times. However the English version for the first time.
This book is written as some some sort of autobiographical tales by "Srikanta" with many a characters. Considering all I say Rajlakshmi and Abhaya are unparalleled by any character at least I have read. This book is one of my all time favorites. May the most favorite of all favorite books.
Gorab Jain
Sep 05, 2015 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-paperbacks
Not rating it since I gave up on it after around 50%. Written much ahead of its time, the women characters are portrayed strongly. Their thoughts and conversations are very enriching. I could not give continuous reading time to this book and kept loosing the grip on the characters. Would surely pick it up again after some years when I feel mature enough to handle this.
Anne
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
"Aimless" is the word to describe the central character.It describes his trysts with different women..how he thinks about the caste system,poverty etc.The amazing part is that he knows everything but does nothing about it other than sitting with the sick patients..He does not work,cannot take any decisions,keeps wavering etc etc..Too long a story and not worth the read..
Nilanjan Bhatta
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All
I read the bengali version since I am one.. :) It was a long time back during my school days.This was the book that acquainted me with the writing of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay!!Work of a genius,perhaps the author's most famous work. A must-have on the book shelves of any self respecting Bengali. READ IT.
Galib
Jan 13, 2017 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
২০০৫ সালের কথ। তখন ষষঠ শরেনীতে পড়ি। সেপটেমবর মাস। জনমদিনের উপহার হিসেবে আমমু বইটা দিলেন। সেদিন-ই পড়া শুরু করলাম ; কিনতু আজ অবদি শেষ করিতে পারিলাম না..........এমন-কি শেষ করার তাগিদও অনুভব করি না। ...more
Santosh Kashyap
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
...when life & age is portrayed on paper...and you begin to feel a wandering pilgrim soul inside you...one of the most widely read book by this great story teller...the style and form adds to it a unique colour ...
Gupesh Das
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rbt
It's a fillings about a real life.
Shweta
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story!

Beautiful story which was written long back but still have relevance with today's life.
Sharat Chandra is great writer and it shows in this craft.
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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (also spelt Saratchandra) (Bengali: শরৎচনদর চটটোপাধযায) was a legendary Bengali novelist from India. He was one of the most popular Bengali novelists of the early 20th century.

His childhood and youth were spent in dire poverty as his father,
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