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Old July 16, 2006, 04:32 PM
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I am looking for some good bangladeshi novelist. I have time now to read some of their works. Can you name some? I want current bangladeshi novelist or old but no indian novelist.
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Old July 16, 2006, 05:15 PM
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Humayun Ahmed would be the most obvious name, but in my opinion, his brother Muhammad Jafar Iqbal is better. He writes for kids mostly, but everyone can ejoy those. After that:
Inisul Haque's Maa is a must read for everyone (its free in pdf form from www.somoy.com).

Besides, sheba is my favorite specially masud rana.

beyond that you'll see hundreds of names such as imdadul haque milon, who I do not like. be specific about type, and I think you would be better off going after certain book than writer.
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Old July 16, 2006, 07:44 PM
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If you want to go indo serious Bangladeshi novels, I would recommend:

শওকত আলী - ওয়ারিশ, প্রদোষে প্রাকৃতজন, উত্তরের ক্ষেপ, দক্ষিনায়নের দিন


অবশ্যই উনি হুমাযুন আহমেদ বা ইমদাদুল হক মিলনের মত mainstream লেখক নন, কিন্তু অনেকের মতে উনি বাংলা সাহিত্যের সাম্প্রতিক কালের সবচাইতে শক্তিমান লেখক।
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Old July 16, 2006, 07:46 PM
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If you want to go into serious Bangladeshi novels, I would recommend:

শওকত আলী - ওয়ারিশ, প্রদোষে প্রাকৃতজন, উত্তরের ক্ষেপ, দক্ষিনায়নের দিন

অবশ্যই উনি হুমাযুন আহমেদ বা ইমদাদুল হক মিলনের মত mainstream লেখক নন, কিন্তু অনেকের মতে উনি বাংলা সাহিত্যের সাম্প্রতিক কালের সবচাইতে শক্তিমান লেখক।
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If I make a list then it's gonna be a long one but I mentioned few writers name and their novels in the following:

Akhtaruzzaman Ilias:
Chilekothar Shepai (The sepoi of the attic)
Khowabnama (Tale of Dreams)

Anisul Haque:
Kheya (The Ferryboat 1996)
Ondhokarer Eksho Bochhor (One Hundred Years in Darkness, 1995)
Abar Tora Kipte Ho

Shahidullah Kaiser:
Sangshaptak
Rajbandir Rojnamacha

Kazi Imdadul haque:
Abdullah
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Not Bangladeshi, but with a Bengali background, JHUMPA LAHIRI is doing pretty good for herself. Watch out for the big screen release of 'The Namesake', direc ted by famed director Mira Nair. I'll tackle the book tomorrow and see what shez all about. She also has a book on short stories - interpreter of maladies.

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Anwar Pasha: 'Rifle-Roti-Aorat'

He was killed during the liberation war. The mentioned book can give you some idea of the real life at that time.
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Go for the best.
Rabindra nath Thakur and Nazrul. Then Modhushudon. Then read some poetry. This should take you well into your 50's.
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Old July 18, 2006, 09:05 PM
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be specific about type, and I think you would be better off going after certain book than writer
Well, if you want to know type, I don't think there is many in current bangladeshi bangla literature. In english, I have the luxury to choose certain type of novel be in adventure or romance. So I read any good work. I was introduce humayun ahmad and I followed him since. In addition to that, Jafor Iqbal, his columns aren't bad either, rather they are very interesting to read. So just give me good novelist beside these two, and I will find a good book by him/her Insh Allah. but you are most welcome to give me notes on good book. Jazak Allah!
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Well, if you want to know type, I don't think there is many in current bangladeshi bangla literature. In english, I have the luxury to choose certain type of novel be in adventure or romance.
Dear Abd, if you go through true Bangla literature you will get a good selection of types..

I am just mentioning few of them (who are from Bangladesh) ..

1. Humour - Syed Mujtaba Ali,
2. Serious - Akhteruzzaman Ilyas , Syed Waliullah & many others
3. Muktijudhdo - Jahanara Imam
4. Life and society - Humayun Azad, Showkat Ali, Nasrin Jahan
5. Science fiction - Jafar Iqbal
6. Light & refreshing fiction - Humayun Ahmed, Anisul Huq, Imdadul Huq Milom
7. Biography - Abdullah Abu Sayeed
8. Research and Litertaure - Abdul Mannan Syed, Mahbubul Alam, Kabir Chowdhury, Alauddin - Al - Azad
9. Adult prose - Humayun Azad, Taslima Nasrin (some of their work is really good!!)
10. Science - Abdullah Al Muti Sarfuddin
11. Poetry - Mahadev Saha, Shamsur Rahman, Al Mahmud
12. For Childdrens - Sukumar Roy, Humayun Ahmed, Jafor Iqbal

I have not mentioned the names of Rabindranath, Nazrul, Satyajit Roy, Bankim Chandra, Sharat Chandra, Ishyar Chndra, Samaresh, Shirshendu, Sunil, Amitabh, Nimai as I think you already know their names and works. If not try any of them you will find a lot of good works.

Definitely many other writers from Bangladesh and India are writing variety of works in Bangla. If you want I can provide a more detailed version with recommeneded books from each of them.

I have to mention the name of Sheba Prokashoni and their variety of books including Anubad, Western, Masud Rana, Sheba Romantic, Kishor Classic and Kishor Thriller which were my addiction in my school days.
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Not Bangladeshi, but with a Bengali background, JHUMPA LAHIRI is doing pretty good for herself. Watch out for the big screen release of 'The Namesake', direc ted by famed director Mira Nair. I'll tackle the book tomorrow and see what shez all about. She also has a book on short stories - interpreter of maladies.

link to the movie on yahoo:
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1808746287
The Namesake is an awesome book. Didn't know they're making a movie out of it. Will catch it for sure.
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Great list Miraz bhai. I would ask everyone to make time for #3 in the list if they hadn't read already. The book should be in the "must read" category.
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9. Adult prose - Humayun Azad, Taslima Nasrin (some of their work is really good!!)
Taslima and "really good" in same sentence? Khaise....
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Taslima and "really good" in same sentence? Khaise....
probably Mr.Miraz is referring to the Taslima Nasrin's undergraduate time at the university.
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probably Mr.Miraz is referring to the Taslima Nasrin's undergraduate time at the university.
I thought she went to Medical School. Is he (Mr. Miraz) refering to some research paper she may have written on Human anatomy?
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I thought she went to Medical School. Is he (Mr. Miraz) refering to some research paper she may have written on Human anatomy?
she went to a medical college university and worked hard on "anatomy of concurrent multiple relationship"
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Taslima and "really good" in same sentence? Khaise....
Well, many of you may disagree with me but Taslima in her early times wrote some good works. 'Nirbachito Column' is good, may be a bit harsh voice of feminist Taslima but I have to admit it has good substances.
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"Ekatturer Dinguli" by Late Jahanara Imam is also a must must read for those who really wants an insight about what happened during 71 and the daily life struggle of the people. Dont know if its the same book as "Muktijuddho" as mentionaed above.
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Well, many of you may disagree with me but Taslima in her early times wrote some good works. 'Nirbachito Column' is good, may be a bit harsh voice of feminist Taslima but I have to admit it has good substances.
i hv read couple of her books, and yes, she does have a point or two.
but the problem is that sometimes she just blows them out of proportion.
or may be she was born in a wrong country at a wrong time ??
her explicit work wouldnt even fit into current modern day Bangladesh, let alone some 15 years ago when they came out.
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"Ekatturer Dinguli" by Late Jahanara Imam is also a must must read for those who really wants an insight about what happened during 71 and the daily life struggle of the people. Dont know if its the same book as "Muktijuddho" as mentionaed above.
Muktijudhdho was the category and in that category I wrote Jahanara Imam and definitely meant "Ekatturer Dinguli".
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Muktijudhdho was the category and in that category I wrote Jahanara Imam and definitely meant "Ekatturer Dinguli".
Oh Doh me !! should hv got that...
but probably mentioning the book itself might help those who wouldnt know where to begin...
anyways..its all good mate
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Well, many of you may disagree with me but Taslima in her early times wrote some good works. 'Nirbachito Column' is good, may be a bit harsh voice of feminist Taslima but I have to admit it has good substances.
I don't claim to be a good evaluator of quality of the writers and I don’t read too many non-technical books.


But reading few of her books (not the full book though), I found her writing “not fluid at all”, “amateurish flavor”, and lacks “professional writing”.



Again this is just my own personal opinion. That’s why I was surprised to see her name in the list.

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I found her writing “not fluid at all”,
may i know why are you looking for fluid in her writing?
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may i know why are you looking for fluid in her writing?
Beacuse it would be easy and less boring to penetrate in her thought process i.e. easier to understand what she is trying to say in her writing.
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I'll say it again, since people were talking about libaration war related book and no one else had any comment about it. If you have not read it yet, please go to www.somoy.com and download maa. and read it. it might be a few hours of your life, but trust me it worths it. a must read for anyone who can read bangla.

about taslima nasrin, my opinion is, she just wanted to be famous by writing things that will create controversy. of which she has succeeded 100%.

she will always start with a valid issue. when i read it through, I'll like: true, true, thats right, true....... wait a second, what the heck is she talking about? she will take a valid issue, and will start to interpret it and slowly but surely she will twist the truth and will come to a conclusion that does not make any sense.

if u are not sure what i'm talking about, read her conclusion first, and without reading the middle go to first, and u'll be surprised to see what she have drived from what. but it is done quite nicely and if u read it, seems quite reasoning.
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