Beloved Rongomala

Beloved Rongomala

Book Name:   Beloved Rongomala

Writer's Name:  Shaheen Akhtar, Shabnam Nadiya

Writer's Details: Shaheen Akhtar is the author of five collections of short stories and three novels, Palabar PathNei (No Escape Route); Talaash (The Search); and Shokhi Rongomala. Talaash won the Best Book of the YearAward for 2004 from Prothom Alo, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Bangladesh. The English translation of the novel was published in 2011 by Zubaan Books, Delhi, India. Akhtar has also edited the three-volume Soti O Swotontora, Bangla Shahitye Nari about the portrayal of women in Bengali literature. She currently works for Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights and legal aid organisation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Price:  ₹ 405

Book Summary

In eighteenth-century Bengal, the East India influence and power is growing; the treasuries of the zamindars are emptying out and their mansions crumbling. Young Raj Chandra Chowdhury remains oblivious to these epochal changes. He’s preoccupied with Rongomala, his mistress, a low-born dancing girl. His uncle Rajendta Narayan sees a chance, conspiring to cake over. Meanwhile, Raj Chandrats childlike wife Phuleswari has developed a queer bond of sisterhood with her nemesis. As for Rongomala herself, she dares to defy her caste status by demanding that a lake be dug in her name; she wishes to be remembered after her youth and beauty have run their course. It is an audacity that might cost her dearly.
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