Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Exile a memoir - Taslima Nasrin

Exile a memoir by Taslima Nasrin is Taslima's struggle after being exiled from Bangladesh and India. It's written in Bengali and translated into English by . And, thanks to Flipkart Blogger Review program for sending me this.

Taslima Nasrin, I've heard this name a lot of times in TV channels and newspaper for all the controversies. I haven't read any of her works, which got her into trouble, before and this is my first book.

Exile, talks about her life in India after returning from abroad, where she spent most of her life after going away from Bangladesh. Exile is all about her survival even after receiving numerous fatwas and threats and the political games which many played and how everyone used her to gain nothing but votes. It's also shows she's survivor and never let anything change her from the stance she took.

She returns to India and started to live a peaceful life in Kolkata. Slowly she was feeling Kolkata like her second home until one day she went to a book launch event in Hyderabad reluctantly, which changes everything. It was an event to launch her books translated in Telugu. A mob of religious fundamentalists attacked the event when she was speaking. She was scared to death, she thought her life was going to end there. Fortunately, the Police reached there on time to save her.

And, this incident changes everything in her life which was going smoothly in India. She was kept in home arrest in Kolkata. She has to get permission written even to meet someone or to visit any place. And, she was pressurized from top people to move out of Kolkata.

And, then another incident, another protest against her in Kolkata left her with no option but to move away. She was sent to Jaipur, but the government doesn't want her there. Then, she was taken to a safe house in Delhi and kept as a prisoner.

And, the next part of the book consists of excerpts from her diary when she was kept in the safe house in Delhi for more than four months. It talks about he people she met during this time and how everyone suggested her that she should move out of India and the politics surrounding her. She struggled even more here, she was not even allowed to visit a doctor and even the doctors are threatened if they decided to treat her.

Just for speaking or writing what she feels right she faced all the trouble from Islamic groups. His feminist thoughts and also some parts in her biography got her into trouble. And, in India it was all about votes. So, even our secular country couldn't help her because of the vote bank politics.

But, none of these affected her spirits, she didn't change her stance on any of the issues that she spoke or wrote about earlier. She didn't want to give the satisfaction of victory to the people who are against her by leaving India, but her health condition made her do it.

All she wanted was freedom, only she knows how difficult it is. It makes me wonder how lucky I am.

1 comment:

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