world whose autobiography, the two-volume Amar Meyebela (‘My Girlhood’, English, like Arundhati Roy in The God of Small Things, or their. Amar Meye Bela By Taslima Nasreen. 7/18/ 5 Comments. Picture. Name: UTOL HAWA Writer:TASLIMA NASREEN Language: BANGLA File type: PDF. The Bengali title Amar Meyebela was translated in English as Meyebela, My Bengali Childhood: A Memoir of Growing up Female in a Muslim World The.
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At first it seems like a war-time story but you soon find out it’s not limited to just this time frame. The narrator,Nasrin, takes her own liberty on time by going in and out of plots as she pleases. I didn’t mind this too much because you could never know how and when the story was going to progress. The narration would rewind and fast-forward so many times that sometimes it would be difficult to decipher at which time in Nasrin’s upbringing it was occurring.
The only clues to this seemed to be. The only clues to this seemed to be where her family was residing at the time and who was the maid in their house. I wish the book was more organized so it flowed fluidly.
At certain times it felt like there was repetition like when a brief character was introduced each time they came up in the plot. Because it seemed so choppy, othertimes I wasn’t sure if a character was new or previously mentioned.
I think a second reading would have a more powerful impact because you would be more aware of the connections through time and relations. But she is so frank and blatantly open about certain topics that it’s surprising she is writing through a Bengali’s perspective. Nasrin doesn’t leave taboo issues untouched either it be about religion, meyebelaa or gender.
Although throughout her girlhood Nasrin is characterized as being shy, she grows out of it by unbashfully coming out about the inner sufferings people in her society are too ashamed to divulge. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Meyebeka See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Meyebela by Taslima Nasrin.
This groundbreaking book throws open a window on a world unknown to most Westerners. Taslima Englixh revisits her early years — from her auspicious birth on a Muslim holy amaar to the threshold of womanhood at fourteen — in a small rural village during the years East Pakistan became Bangladesh.
Her growing awareness of the class discriminations, gender disparities, and growing religious orthodoxy and intolerance in her family and her rural village parallel the broader social and cultural upheaval emerging in the new nation, and foreshadow the growth of a feminist dissident courageous enough to defy the fundamentalist Muslim clerics.
In the West, there are too many eloquent apologists working to convince people of the fiction that women are not discriminated against in Muslim countries or that, if they are, it has nothing to do with religion. Hardcoverpages. Published June 1st by Steerforth first published Taslima Nasrin’s Autobiography 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Meyebelaplease sign up.
See 1 question about Meyebela…. Lists with This Book. Oct 11, Sornaly rated it it was ok Ln it for: Everyone and especially my Bengali friends. Recommended to Sornaly by: Came across at NYU library looking for Tagore books in english.
When I saw the title, I knew I had to read it. I had an instant connection with the title because of the use of the language, which drew me closer. As I started reading the book, I did not enjoy the first couple of chapters about the war but, as the book progressed I was could not stop neyebela
I felt so much When I saw the title, I knew I had to read it. I felt so much hate and disappointment towards her; I don’t blame her for despising them. The sad truth is that, aamar much as I love Bengali culture and its traditions, there will always be people in the world that distort the traditions and religious understand to best suit themselves, because they are hungry for power.
I hope people who read this autobiography do not think that Bangladesh, the people of Bangladesh and its customs are horrible. Many of the what Nasrins talks about is true, even if I have not faced many of the aar myself, I know of people who have. The sad truth is that a lot of the submissive customs are norms and submissiveness is expected from females. By the end of the book, I really wished that I could have a chance to meet Taslima Nasrin and have a conversation with her, maybe even get to know how she feels about her family members now.
I looked up some of her interviews on youtube and it makes me angry, because it seems like the reporters are verbally attacking her and not allowing her to speak.
I think she has lost engliah relationship with many of meyeela family members because she has spoken out about how she meyebea felt as a child growing up. Over all, I feel sad for her and the experience she has had with Bengali society. While reading, many times I even despised the Bengali traditions. In terms of the writing style, I think Nasrin does a good job being consistent with narrators age. I think the questions she brings forth about religion is only naturally, particularly for a child and an adult.
It saddens me amr see how Bangladesh and radical Islamic fundamentalist have banned her keyebela stating her opinions what what really happened to her. Without questioning and confronting religious issues, there will never be any resolution.
Closed minded Muslim who suppress their opinions only makes Islam weak and that frustrates me. I want to wnglish the rest of her autobiography but, since I am only limited to the language meyebla English I can’t read all of her works.
I did find the second bio. If you have loads of ink and paper, print it out and read it I still have not read it: Sep 10, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought this book was very well done. While somewhat depressing aren’t all memiors? Likewise, her descriptions of Bangladeshi food and evenings spent languishing on rooftops left me anxious to go visit again soon.
Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood
I finished reading this book just as the first reports of the destruction left I thought this book was very well done. I finished reading this book just as the first reports of the destruction left by Cyclone Sidr started to come in.
As you may have heard, a devastating storm struck Bangladesh Nov 15th, leaving 3, people dead and over three million people displaced from their homes. The Economist reports that the ultimate death toll from Cyclone Sidr is likely to rise as high as 10, Our friends in Bangladesh report that Save the Children is on the ground and doing good work.
You can read more about their work in Bangladesh and find out how to make a contribution here: Apologies for the fundraising pitch but I hope you’ll consider making a small contribution to the relief efforts. Dec 07, Shalini Sharma rated it it was amazing.
It requires a lot of courage to disclose your personal life like this. It’s best to think the way a child thinks. We grow up and we just start accepting things. While reading this book I remembered my childhood. How engliah all was and the way I used to think about about everything. Growing up changes us so much Jan 09, Prashanti Debi rated it liked it. The only clues to this seemed to be At first it seems like a war-time story but you soon find out it’s not limited to just this time frame.
Jul 21, Hornet Stings rated it it was ok. May 05, Shibangi Roy rated it really liked it. A book that shook me to my very core. This controversial yet bold book leaves a strong impression on the reader’s mind. It will change one’s perception of a society or a religion.
View all 3 comments. Jun 17, Prabhat rated it really liked it Shelves: She has depicted the situation of people in East Bengal at her time. Pen portraits of Her Doctor father, her simple mother, her brothers, mama, servants, religious teachers, people gathered for a festival of Eid are nice to read.
Her mama was sad that a bull was sacrificed for Eid festival so as her Mama did not touch the meal with meat, her mother also did not eat the meal. Situation of poor men and women servants has been well written. It is worth reading autobiography. Sep 09, Englieh rated it really liked it.
Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood by Taslima Nasrin
She came and spoke to us about her book and her experiences. I read the book before she came, and was in awe of her when we met. Truly a englush woman.
Her story should be required reading in high schools around the country. Oct 18, Ganesh rated it liked it. It’s honestly described child age story of Taslima Nasrin. However, she could have modified some vulgar words. She successfully expressed her feeling against senseless religious practices, against male dominating society.