Book review: Lajja (Shame) by Taslima Nasrin

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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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