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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,678 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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
Paperback, 504 pages
Published October 14th 2000 by Penguin Books India (first published 1917)
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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 slice of Sara ...more
Anindita Ray
my most fevorite novel forever
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.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book must be read in Bengali - in my opinion, the greatest Bengali novel ever.
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
Sudipta Saha Niloy
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A whole ride of human nature and philosophy on our social structure. A bit feministic in some points, but those were really necessary. Some thoughts were out of this world kind of stuff. Had a harm time getting into the story. It was a must read
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 to i ...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
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.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
"Aimless" is the word to describe the central character.It describes his trysts with different 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..
Uttam Kumar Basak
Indranath in Srikanta is one of my childhood heroes.
Aminul Islam Sobuj
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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.
Ayan Sarkar
One of the best bengali novels ever written. Read this growing up in high school and it transformed me and my outlook on life in more ways than I can imagine.
Surajit Adhikari
One of the novel that remain with me for years.
Cock Johnson
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was actually pretty good, and I don't even like Indian people.
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,
Ranajeet Dewasthalee
It's a beautiful novel, very lyrical and flowing at the same time leaves you yearning for more.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

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,
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
Santanu Dutta
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.
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.
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.
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 of the most widely read book by this great story teller...the style and form adds to it a unique colour ... ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Does not move. The author is busy pampering himself throughout the narrative. And the women here! They could have had a better purpose in life!
Dr. Manotosh Biswas
Hav read it in bengali.
Redwan Orittro
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bangla-books, fiction
This easily cracks the Top 10 Bengali Literature list. Chattopadhyay paints the portrait of a tabooed Bengali society, that you make you ponder and amazed at the rich and elegant lines.
Swaraj Banerjee
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it's a great literary work of Sri Sharat Chandra Chattapadhyay.
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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (also spelt Saratchandra) (Bengali: শরৎচন্দ্র চট্টোপাধ্যায়) 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 fa

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