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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 2003 by Penguin (first published 1993)
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Sidharth Vardhan
“A state with a national religion can easily become a religious state.”

This book has been given by Bangladesh government the highest honor that any government can ever give to any book – a ban. The book follows the story of one Sudhamay and his children Suranjan and Maya. The father and son have both been involved in nationalistic movements of Bangladesh and believe in their country. Sudhamay can’t stand the idea of leaving the country while his friends and relatives have – he even asks those
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Jerry Jose
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Babri Masjid demolition, under whatever justifications, is undoubtedly the single greatest failure of our democracy and secularism. While it spiked communal unrest in India, immediate butterfly effect was visible somewhere else, someplace that shares the same secular values, at Bangladesh.

Author claims to have written this novel over a week of religious unrest, which escalated into demolition of century old temples and violence against minority Hindus, in retaliation to what happenings in India.
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Vidhi Chheda
Jul 03, 2012 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
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Deepa Ranganathan
Mar 05, 2012 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.
Aditya Kelekar
May 20, 2012 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
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Nanny SA
Jun 06, 2009 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
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Sethu Jose
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A devastating account of the demolition of Babri Masjid in India and its inhumane reverberations in the lives of millions of Hindus in Bangladesh. What begins as a slow paced story spirals into a heartbraking account once the violence hits the protagonist and his family.

The factual data presented throughout the book may dwindle the reader's interest, however, this is justified by the motif to bring into light the intensity of the massacre which was condoned (so says the book) by the bangladesh
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Amit Srivastava
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in my late teenage. That time it was sounding like a total fiction to me. But by knowing the realities of the Muslim fanatics of Pakistan and Bangladesh later, I guess it was much lesser than reality. This novel tells about the miserable lives of Hindus in Bangladesh. The way ISIS has been treating non-muslim women, the Lajja can be story of non-Muslim women in almost every muslim country. The mindset of Muslim predators is explained in the story line. The helplessness of Hindu ...more
mai ahmd
Feb 15, 2012 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
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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
Oct 24, 2008 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
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Nurul
May 18, 2009 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
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Sarika Patkotwar
Feb 28, 2015 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
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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
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Kristi
Sep 20, 2009 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
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

Selva Subramanian
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-fiction
As a story per se, it is about the riots that happen in Bangladesh as an aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition and how a Hindu family pays a heavy price because its men happen to be too idealistic. But actually it is a thinly disguised factual account of all the gruesome violence that took place in Bangladesh: The ruthlessness, uglyness and the scale of it. By the way of story, Taslima Nasrin puts up an ideological debate about how secularism is an essential tenet of democracy and how a minor ...more
Pera
Nov 01, 2007 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
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Book'd
May 21, 2012 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
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Rishi Prakash
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the book which made the author a household name in India after she had to leave her country(Bangladesh) post this book started being talked about everywhere.

She had written this book like a documentary as a response to the series of communal violence that happened in Bangladesh after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. The theme of the novel is the evil side of communalism which unfortunately is still relevant in the sub-continent even after more than two decades since the book was
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Arvind
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Good, important subject but bad storytelling in my opinion. One rarely feels involved with d characters.
Shreya Vaid
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I was fourteen years old when I first picked up a battered second-hand copy of Lajja (Shame) by Taslima Nasrin in a bookstore. And then I heard a voice of a friend, saying that I should not read such "controversial" books. Back home, I asked my mother what was Lajja, and she said: "It's a great book, but messes up your mind to a certain extent". And after reading Lajja, I think she was right, it does messes up with your mind but in a positive manner.

Few weeks back I visited Baharison's b
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Ririenz
Jul 14, 2008 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
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Amalie
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Veena
Sep 24, 2012 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
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د. حمدان
Apr 30, 2013 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
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Ranjitha
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Abhishek Ghosh
Nov 04, 2015 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
Sheetal Maurya (Halo of Books)
Introduction:

I don't think I need to give introduction of this book. This was the controversial book which made Taslima to be a refugee in the India. First publish in 1993, this book was a bold account of riots happened after Babri masjid issue.

Plot summary:

Babri masjid was demolished on the date of 6 December 1992 in India. At that time the whole country was suffering from Hindu- Muslim riots. The heat of communal riot went around Bangladesh which erupted anti- Hindu riots. Taslima has weaved
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Taslima Nasrin (Bengali: তসলিমা নাসরিন) is an award-winning Bangladeshi writer, physician, secular humanist and human rights activist, known for her powerful writings on women oppression and unflinching criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death.

Early in her literary career, she wrote mainly poetry, and published half a dozen collections of poetry between
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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.” 24 likes
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