Book review: Lajja (Shame) by Taslima Nasrin


Yesterday, I was half way through “Lajja”. I wanted to finish it in like four days but could not as I left it mid way because I was busy.

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Anyway, the book starts with a beautiful line which reads “Let another name for religion be Humanity” The best part of this book is that the author, Taslima Nasrin wrote it in just seven days. I mean, can you freaking believe that? Lajja revolves around the riots in India led by demolition of Babri masjid (a sacred Muslim mosque) on 6 December, 1992 which thereafter led to tumult and uprising of Muslim majority over Hindu minority in Bangladesh. This book is a clear description like portrait of what religious extremism can cause, if not controlled. The story is full of incidents, facts of what really happened in Bangladesh in form of conversation among characters. Although, I felt a bit riled and irritated because of the existence of incidents like rape, destruction, violence, injustice etc. being mentioned in bullet-points sort of format. All in all, the story is agitatedly realistic and keeps you on your toes till the last page.
Facts about the book:-
1. Author Taslima Nasrin wrote this book in just seven days.
2. According to her, Lajja is a document of our (People of Indian subcontinent) collective defeat.
3. Book was published in 1993 in Bangladesh and sold over 60,000 copies before it got banned by government for the reasons best known to them.
4. Since the book tackles the injustice and violence on Hindu minority by Muslim majority in Bangladesh, a remand was issued against the author and reward was offered for her death. But none of these things shook her battle against religious persecution, genocide and man’s inhumanity to man.
5. The book was originally written in Bengali which later was translated by Tutul Gupta.
Ratings ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Khushboo😃
    How are you doing?

    I really am amazed to read those facts which you have mentioned. Where can I get this?😃

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    1. Hi Sumit.
      I am doing great. What about you?
      And thanks but I didn’t browse these I got to know them while reading this book. 🙂

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      1. Aww.. you’re so nice that you shared such gem with all of us. 🙂

        I’m doing great too Khushhoo. 😃

        You active on Instagram or Facebook?😀

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      2. Yeah. I am active on both, what more do you expect from an eighteen year old? I have nothing else to do. I am 24*7 on social media. Haha
        Also, I think you are my friend on facebook.

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      3. Haha.. you are so funny😂

        Yes. We are friends on Facebook. But not on Instagram I guess. 😉

        Handle please?😃

        Like

      4. @khushbusiingh.
        There you go. 🙂

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      5. Ok. Lemme follow you. 🙂

        Like

  2. johncoyote says:

    Can you buy this book in the USA? The book sound powerful and worthwhile.

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    1. I know right? You won’t be disappointed.
      Also, I don’t know whether it is available in The US. Penguin publishers are pretty spread out in the west. It must be available.
      Anyway, it’s legit. Do tell me if you read.

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      1. johncoyote says:

        I will research and thank you for showing me the book.

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  3. payel says:

    I had read ‘lajja’ (in Bengali) when I was very young. I did’t know this book was written in 7 days ! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you to you too!

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  4. kaurv says:

    A applause for you …Thanks that u thought necessary to share with us…Well work done…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you to you to for reading it. 🙂

      Like

  5. leonrasel says:

    Taslama great writer

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