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Exile: A Memoir Hardcover – 16 Oct 2016
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Taslima Nasrin, eminent writer and secular humanist, is known for her powerful writings on women’s rights and unflinching criticism of religious fundamentalism, despite forced banishment and multiple fatwas calling for her death. She has been living in exile since 1994.
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2) This book is originally written in Bengali but it was translated in English by maharghya Chakraborty, and the latter had done a very good job and the language is very easy to read.
3) Exile: A memoir contains the following ten chapters-
* And then one day
* House arrest
* Death waits past the window
* Farewell,22 November 2007
* Poems from a safe house
* Excerpts from a safe house
* No, not here! Elsewhere! In another land!
4) Taslima describes how she was first forced to leave her native country (bangladesh) because of the extremists by calling her anti-islamic, and later she came and settled in Kolkata but here also because of her book 'Dwikhandito' in which she described about her love life and because of this some so called liberals and patriarch get offended that how dare she revealed her sexual intimacy with various men and started calling her a 'whore' and called her anti-islamic . Because of this so called false propoganda against her by various fundamentalist issued fatwas against her and the then CPM government for the vote bank politics banned her book which was later overruled by the Calcutta high court.
She also described that how she was almost got killed in Hyderabad by the goons of a local political party (AIMIM) because according to the latter she is anti-islamic and later how the than government of west bengal forced her to leave the city because there Will be riots in kolkata if she stays there, and then moved her to jaipur and than to New delhi Where she lived in house arrest, because the then central government also thought the same way as there counterpart in Kolkata.
5) Taslima exposed the utmost hypocrisy of our so called pseduo-secular political parties that they for the sake of vote bank even ready to bow in front of the fundamentalist and to keep the latter happy they forced a writer to remain silent.
6) Though she exposed many paradoxes of the world's largest democracy but she also showed her love and respect for India and in particular about her attachment to the city of kolkata.
7) I will recommend to reader have patience while reading this courageous memoir, but in the end I am sure you will definitely get the clarity that how our political parties and leaders behaved like a middle man rather than a statesman who always stood for freedom,equality and for humanity.
My ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)
I hope u like the review, thanks for reading, Jai Hind.
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