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‘Like Dickens, Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales’—The Hindu

The Final Question (Shesh Prashna) is one of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s last novels and perhaps his most radically innovative. The novel caused a sensation when it was first published in 1931, drawing censure from conservative critics but enthusiastic support from general readers, especially women.

Published September 2008 by Dey's (Calcutta) (first published May 1931)
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Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rabindranath Tagore and Saratchandra Chattopadhyay were contemporaries who were considered the sun and moon of Bengali literature. Both explored socially relevant themes through their novels and highlighted the role of women in society. Saratchandra's The Final Question (translated from the Bengali Shesh Prashna) is indeed a remarkable work considering that it was written 80+ years ago. It raises issues of women's liberation that are still considered 'controversial' in Indian society today.

Swati Rao
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. The questions raised in the book are very thought provoking. At no point it hails or condemns one over the other but cajoles you to set aside prejudices formed. The questions raised on women and their place in the society at that point of time is admirable. Also, one can't help admiring the idea of nation, citizen of the world and other thoughts that are still not fully realised or understood by many. If pride for your own makes you hate/look down upon others, might as well not have ...more
Reading Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s, The Final Question (Sesh Prosno) one is transported, not so much to the Agra of early 20th Century with its community of expatriate Bengalis, as one is, to a world of ideas and arguments, that hang together in a splendid display of lights, shining on that time and on the future of a nation, caught in crosscurrents of modernity and traditions. But do the ideas of the uncompromising Kamal – easily the most liberated heroine in Saratchandra’s formidable oeuvre ...more
Krishnanjali Jha
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in 19th century, a very progressive and feminist protagonist explores her sexual and physical life on her terms. Writer leaves no gap in portraying a strong attaractive individual female character, who follows no one but her own conscience and wit. Her analytical and oral skills would leave you in wonder. Wonder if it was written in those times, where women were struggling for right to vote.
Sudeshna Bora
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I was very young when I read this novel and so am very sure this review will be marred by the obvious romanticizing the past. What I remember of this book would be the ferocious personality of Kamal. I warn you before hand that this book will be all about her. She was unapologetic , clear headed and so so powerful and also a sexual being. I remember I was awed by this lady and her point of view , not being from a very conservative background myself ; I was not shocked at her liaisons but what ...more
Chayan Biswas
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
বইঃ শেষ পরশন
লেখকঃ "শরৎচনদর চটটোপাধযায"

"শেষ পরশন” শরৎচনদরের সরবশেষ উপনযাসগুলির মধযে অনযতম। সমভবত তাঁর লেখা সবচেযে পরিবরতন আনযনকারী উপনযাসের মধযে শরেষঠ।

সালে পরথম পরকাশের পর বিরাট আলোডন সৃষটি হয সংরকষনশীল সমালোচকদের দবারা। তবে সাধারণ পাঠক বিশেষত মহিলা পাঠকদের অতযুৎসাহী সমরথন লাভ করে। শেষ পরশন সমযকে ছাপিযে সকল বযসের পাঠকদেরই হৃদযকে সপরশ করে।

তাঁর অনয বইযের সাথে এর কোনো মিল নেই, না ভাষায, না বিষযে, না লেখন শৈলিতে। একেবারে অনয ধাঁচের একটা বই। আপনি যদি না পডে থাকেন তাহলে আপনাকে দূরভাগাই বলা হবে।

Harish Muralidhar
Written sometime in the '30s it makes you wonder if people's thoughts are as progressive today as the author's had been then, the country would be a much better place to live in

This is the story of a lady, Kamal who not only stares in the face of the society without blinking but manages to defy it with erudite reasons expressed in the most direct vocal forms possible. In a time where a misplaced sense of pride, nationalism and religious beliefs wrecked havoc in a person's morality, this lady
Anil Anuragi
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was written back in 1931, before Independence originally in Bengali and then later it was translated in English by Department of English, Jadavpur Universiy. Saratchandra has described the life of Kamal (the main character in his novel ) very beautifully. He has shown that how a complete educated woman and aware about society norms had to suffer because she comes from a lower caste. She dares to spend a night with a man, fall in love with him but refuses to marry. He has written it in ...more
Keerthi Purushothaman
Remarkably bold for its time. Perhaps, for even now.
উৎসর্গ রায়
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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পুনরপাঠ। কমলকে ভালবাসি। ...more
Sajid Ahmed
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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ধরম,সমাজ ও সংসকৃতির জনয কী মানুষ?নাকি মানুষের জনয ধরম,সমাজ ও সংসকৃতি?
নারীরা কী সমাজ,ধরম ও সংসকৃতির এইসকল বনধনে চিরকাল আবদধ থাকবে?তাঁদের কী সবাধীন কোনো মতামত নেই? আধুনিক কালে পরাচীন পরথা মেনে চলে নারীরা কী বরতমান সময থেকে পিছিযে থাকবে?
এইসকল পরশনগুলো কিনতু একে ওপর থেকে ভিনন নয;বরং এই সকল পরশন মিলেই সমাজের কাছে একটিমাতর বিশাল বড পরশন হযে দাঁডিযেছে–যা হচছে “শেষ পরশন”।অরথযাৎ এই শেষ পরশনের উততরেই সমাজ,ধরম ও সংসকৃতির সকল উততর পাওযা যায।পরাচীন কালের মহান বযাকতিদের আদরশ,সেই সমাজের নিযম -কানুন,ধরমের
Saikat Chakrabarty
Written in a way- with sharp edges, whose sharpness shall cut numerous facets- in the form of questions. It challenges social customs which shall push you into an arena of skepticism, even if the person prior to reading it was inclined to those very same traditional belief systems- which we shelter and accumulate in a region within ourselves- called faith. The author however doesn't provide any solutions- or rather his solutions, but any reader who has read the book, absorbed it, is bound to ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow moving story for the patient reader. The author broadens the vision and makes the reader question the commonly accepted values of the human society, mainly through the character of bold & beautiful Kamal. Out of all what is discussed, what caught my attention the most was the story 'Once when I was a woman', although it takes relatively a very small space in the novel. The reader cannot help getting fascinated by the highly appropriate and colourful similes the writer has made use of ...more
Himanshu Saini
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is the main idea about rejection of archaic, obsolete morms, traditions of society. Norms which are considered as reverence to Indian culture.
Or is it more about touching the base of these traditions and norms. To make the changes in the existing traditions.
I believe it was both. With both ideas juxtaposed in the story.
I am no one to comment on this great writer but he looks much ahead of his time. Glad that I read this book.
Amrita Basu
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its not an easy read, a lot of conversations, through which the reader gets to know about opinions being formed, held or shelved. Not surprised that the book got a stormy reception. Laughed to myself, when i juxtaposed this book written in 1931 against what Asarambapu has to say these days, 8- years hence. Kamal is unique..
Rohini Atresh
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book way ahead of it's time. All the questions raised are so progressive in thought, even to this day. There's no choice but to be in awe of the character Kamal. Bound by no chains, no expectations and adhering to no societal norms, she's the representation of a lot of women faced with these realistic challenges. This is the first book I read of Sarat Chandra. Will definitely read more.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Many of the questions asked by Kamal are relevant even today. Even after 80 years the book is gripping, throws a lot of unpleasant questions at the society through the heroine and tries to attck hypocrisy
Nilima Monica
one of the finest work of Sarat Chandra. I fell in love with the characters. they haunt me till date
Mirzana Ebrahimkutty
I never understood the book as a whole.
Harshit Gupta
A little too heavy with dialogues full of ideas and ideologies, but a good book nonetheless.
Tariq Aziz
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
তৎকালীন সমাজ বযাবসতা, মানুষের চিনতাভাবনার উপর তীবরভাবে আঘাত করেছে এই উপনযাস।
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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,