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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay / May 26, 2019

Like Dickens Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales The HinduThe Final Question Shesh Prashna is one of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay s last novels and perhaps his most radically innovative The novel

  • Title: শেষ প্রশ্ন
  • Author: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
  • ISBN: 9788170798095
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Like Dickens, Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales The HinduThe 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.The her Like Dickens, Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales The HinduThe 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.The heroine, Kamal, is exceptional for her time She lives and travels by herself, has relationships with various men, looks poverty and suffering in the face, and asserts the autonomy of the individual being In the process, she tears apart the frame of the expatriate Bengali society of Agra, where she lives Through Kamal, Saratchandra questions Indian tradition and the norms of nationhood and womanhood.The Final Question transcends time and will appeal to readers of all ages.

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      • Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

        Complete works of Sarat Chandra is now available in this third party website sarat rachanabalics iSarat Chandra Chattopadhyay also spelt Saratchandra Bengali 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, Motilal Chattopadhyay, was an idler and dreamer and gave little security to his five children Saratchandra received very little formal education but inherited something valuable from his father his imagination and love of literature.He started writing in his early teens and two stories written then have survived Korel and Kashinath Saratchandra came to maturity at a time when the national movement was gaining momentum together with an awakening of social consciousness.Much of his writing bears the mark of the resultant turbulence of society A prolific writer, he found the novel an apt medium for depicting this and, in his hands, it became a powerful weapon of social and political reform.Sensitive and daring, his novels captivated the hearts and minds of thousands of readers not only in Bengal but all over India.Some of his best known novels are Palli Samaj 1916 , Charitraheen 1917 , Devdas 1917 , Nishkriti 1917 , Srikanta in four parts 1917, 1918, 1927 and 1933 , Griha Daha 1920 , Sesh Prasna 1929 and Sesher Parichay published posthumously 1939 My literary debt is not limited to my predecessors only I m forever indebted to the deprived, ordinary people who give this world everything they have and yet receive nothing in return, to the weak and oppressed people whose tears nobody bothers to notice and to the endlessly hassled, distressed weighed down by life and helpless people who don t even have a moment to think that despite having everything, they have right to nothing They made me start to speak They inspired me to take up their case and plead for them I have witnessed endless injustice to these people, unfair intolerable indiscriminate justice It s true that springs do come to this world for some full of beauty and wealth with its sweet smelling breeze perfumed with newly bloomed flowers and spiced with cuckoo s song, but such good things remained well outside the sphere where my sight remained imprisoned This poverty abounds in my writings.


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    1. 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.The s [...]


    2. 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 pri [...]


    3. 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 o [...]


    4. 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 sh [...]


    5. 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 inThis 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 gat [...]


    6. 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 [...]




    7. 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 thi [...]


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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.


    10. 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


    11. 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.


    12. 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





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