Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shodh by Taslima Nasrin

I read this book in my 2nd year engineering and found this great satisfaction in the end.although I do not support what happened in the end but the revenge part overpowered my understanding and it was well deserved.It definitely boosted my feminism and made me stronger to face and give back an answer to those who underestimate the power of a woman

Taslima Nasrin is known for her powerful writing on women's oppression and unflinching criticisms of Islam, despite forced exile and multiple fatwa calling for her death.The same fearless attitude is depicted in this revenge story.

Here is a woman who does not distinguish between self, body and identity. They are one and the same for her. Perhaps it will not be wrong to call her a body obsessed woman. She is full of self-love, self-pity, and also full of revenge against the one who has violated her dignity.


The novel is about a woman Jhumur. She has done M.Sc. in Physics. She has lived very freely in her college days. She has been almost like a boy participating in party propaganda, pasting posters, roaming around. She develops a relationship with a young chap Haroon. When he proposes she postpones the question of marriage for six months. Then all of a sudden her father and family coax her into pressing Haroon to get married the very next day because her elder sister had been ditched by a boy earlier after five years of courtship. Haroon is shocked at this sudden change. But he is caught into the net and is married to Jhumur. Jhumur gets pregnant within six weeks of her marriage, a fact that fills Haroon with suspicion. He feels that Jhumur was already carrying someone else’s baby at the time of marriage and that was why she drove him to this fast matrimonial union. He gets her aborted. He puts her under a sort of a house arrest. Then he frantically tries to seed Jhumur with HIS baby. In the meantime Jhumur spots a young, burly fellow Afzal who lives downstairs. She sleeps with him carefully counting her days to get pregnant with Afzal and not Haroon. No one knows anything about it. Afzal conveniently goes to Australia after planting the seed. Haroon’s happiness knows no bounds as he thinks that the new born Ananda is HIS own baby. The revenge (shodh) is complete.

A Loving playful independent daughter suddenly is expected be the traditional Muslim wife: head covered, eyes averted, and unable to leave the house without an escort and hurt by the fact that his husband blames her of adultery. The revenge was planted and it was wrong but the feelings behind it were true. women are not only subjects for physical satisfaction or a caretaker. she gives up her whole life to make the lives of her family and needs the respect she deserves.

Readers from every walk of life will be stunned by this tale of love, lust, and blood ties.

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