Srikanta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

শ্রীকান্ত-শরৎচন্দ্র চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Srikanta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

 about the book “Srikant”:

A biographical novel written by Srikant Saratchandra Chattopadhyay. He finished the novel in four volumes. Didn’t write the four pieces together. He finished writing four volumes in 1917, 1918, 1926 and 1933 respectively.
Srikanta is the main character in the novel. Besides, innumerable men and women have gathered here. The main character of the novel is Srikanta-Rajalakshmi. In addition to Srikanth-Rajalakshmi, Indranath and Annadadidi of the first episode, Abhaya of the second episode, Brajananda and Sunanda of the third episode and the deep and hearty and social relationship of Gohar and Kamalalata of the fourth episode are depicted in it. At the same time, a realistic picture of the socio-economic condition of Bengal at that time has been painted in it. Researchers believe that the author’s personal life is largely reflected in the character of Srikanth.though the name of the novel is on the male narattor but it should ideally be”Srikanta & his tryst with women’.

Srikanta goes on to narrate onlythose parts of his life where he met different women & how his life went by while he was watching these magnanimous women going about being virtuous & accomplished. From Kamal Lata, Abhaya, Rajlakshmi or Pyaari – all these women were how women should be – strong, caring, loving, religious, pious and pure.

Srikanta seems to be a slice of Sarat Chandra’s own life & how the women in his life influenced him.They all loved him selflessly and he valued them though he could love them as passionately as they did. When women love someone they give everything – when man loves them he expects everything.

Beyond the man-woman relationship, Srikanta also talks about the gaps between rich & poor, ridiculous caste system, hollowness of Hindu society, fake brahmins, stinking traditions of dowry, widowhood, child marriage and cruel landlords… you can see the double standards of the society & the people who claim to be the epitome of this society. He also mentions that how in India society treats its women seprately from the men. How unmarried women tarnish family image and they are sold off for Rs 20 to men 10 times their age as wives. The society just started stagnating and could only get worse unless their is a revolution..

But what made me think was that all that Sarat mentioned has been happening still so in a 100 years nothing has really changed, same disease & caste plagued society. Same gaps in rich & poor. Same degradation & selling of women.. same ignorance & uncaring atttude… will the world ever change..

Book Info

  • Book Name: Srikanta
  • Author Name: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
  • Category: novel
  • Total pages: 386
  • Total size: 2 MB.
  • Language: Bengali
  • Quality: HQ
  • watermark: No

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Short biography of Author

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay is the narrator who has expressed the joys and sorrows of Bengali life in fluent language in Bengali literature with utmost sympathy. Saratchandra was born on 15 September 185, to a poor Brahmin family in Debanandapur, a small village in Hooghly district. Due to poverty, his childhood was spent in Bhagalpur. Unable to pay the fees due to poverty, he had to change schools several times. Although he was admitted to the college after passing the entrance examination, he could not sit for the examination as he could not collect the FA examination fee. When poverty took its toll on education, Then began the colorful work and literary life of this seemingly ordinary man. At this time, he got the inspiration to write again in the literary meeting organized at the house of his neighbor Bibhutibhushan Bhatt. As a result, Bengali literature got the whole of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novels like Bardidi, Devdas, Chandranath, Shubhada. In the near future, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s short stories Anupama Prem, Alo O Chhaya, Haricharan, Bojha etc. were written. During this time he worked for some time as an Assistant to the Settlement Officer at Bonelli Raj State. But then he became arrogant towards his father and joined the monastic group and concentrated on acting in songs and plays. Once a translator for the Calcutta High Court, he also worked as a clerk in the accounting department of the Burma Railway. He was also actively involved in politics by joining the non-cooperation movement of the Congress in 1921. And was elected President of the Howrah District Congress. In between, there is a continuous literary practice emanating from one’s own sense of life and experience. Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s stories in the form of aggregates were published with the passage of time, including the whole story of Bindu’s son and others, Srikant-4 volumes, Kashinath, childhood stories, etc., but it got great readership. Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s books have been translated into various languages, and have been admired by readers around the world. From Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s book Samagra Devdas, Srikanth, Ram’s Sumati, Dena-Paona, Birajbau etc., all the hugely successful screenplays and films have been made in various Indian languages ​​including Bengali. This renowned Bengali literary Kuntlin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literary Work, Jagattarini received the Gold Medal and the Delete title of Dhaka University. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay breathed his last on 16 January 1936 in Calcutta.

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