First Light

First Light

Sunil Gangopadhyay Aruna Chakravarti / May 30, 2020
First Light The sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed Those Days First Light is a magnificent novel set at the turn of the twentieth century in a Bengal where the old and young India are jostling
  • Title: First Light
  • Author: Sunil Gangopadhyay Aruna Chakravarti
  • ISBN: 9780141004303
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed Those Days, First Light is a magnificent novel set at the turn of the twentieth century in a Bengal where the old and young India are jostling for space Prominent among its many characters are Rabindranath Tagore or Robi, the young, dreamy poet, torn between his art and the love for his beautiful, ethereal sister inThe sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed Those Days, First Light is a magnificent novel set at the turn of the twentieth century in a Bengal where the old and young India are jostling for space Prominent among its many characters are Rabindranath Tagore or Robi, the young, dreamy poet, torn between his art and the love for his beautiful, ethereal sister in law, Kadambari Devi, and the handsome, dynamic Naren Datta, later to become Swami Vivekananda, who abandons his Brahmo Samaj leanings and surrenders himself completely to his Guru, Sri Ramakrishna The story also touches upon the lives of the men and women rising to the call of nationalism the doctors and scientists determined to pull their land out of the morass of superstition and blind beliefs, and the growing theatre movement of Bengal, with its brilliant actors and actresses who leave behind the squalor of their lives every night to deliver lines breathtaking in their beauty Through all this runs the story of Bharat and Bhumisuta one an illegitimate prince, the other a slave who rises to become the finest actress of her age who cling to their self respect and love in a society which has little time for people like them Grand in its scale and crackling with the energy of its prose, First Light is a rich and comprehensive portrait of Bengal, from its sleepy, slow changing villages to the bustling city of Calcutta where the genteel and the grotesque live together Equally, it is a chronicle of a whole nation waking up to a new, modern sensibility.
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      • Sunil Gangopadhyay Aruna Chakravarti

        Sunil Gangopadhyay Bengali was a famous Indian poet and novelist Born in Faridpur, Bangladesh, Gangopadhyay obtained his Master s degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta, In 1953 he started a Bengali poetry magazine Krittibas Later he wrote for many different publications.Ganguly created the Bengali fictional character Kakababu and wrote a series of novels on this character which became significant in Indian children s literature He received Sahitya Academy award in 1985 for his novel Those Days Gangopadhyay used the pen names Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak, and Nil Upadhyay.Works Author of well over 200 books, Sunil was a prolific writer who has excelled in different genres but declares poetry to be his first love His Nikhilesh and Neera series of poems some of which have been translated as For You, Neera and Murmur in the Woods have been extremely popular.As in poetry, Sunil was known for his unique style in prose His first novel was Atmaprakash and it was also the first writing from a new comer in literature published in the prestigious magazine Desh 1965.The novel had inspiration from On the road by Jack Kerouac His historical fiction Sei Somoy translated into English by Aruna Chakravorty as Those Days received the Indian Sahitya Academy award in 1985 Shei Somoy continues to be a best seller than two decade after its first publication The same is true for Prothom Alo , also translated recently by Aruna Chakravorty as First Light , another best selling historical fiction and Purbo Paschim , translated as East West a raw depiction of the partition and its aftermath seen through the eyes of three generations of Bengalis in West Bengal, Bangladesh and elsewhere He is also the winner of the Bankim Puraskar 1982 , and the Ananda Puraskar twice, in 1972 and 1989.Sunil wrote in many other genres including travelogues, children s fiction, short stories, features, and essays Though he wrote all types of children s fiction, one character created by him that stands out above the rest, was Kakababu, the crippled adventurer, accompanied by his Teenager nephew Santu, and his friend Jojo Since 1974, Sunil Gangopadhyay wrote over 35 novels of this wildly popular series.Death Sunil Gangopadhyay died at 2 05 AM on 23 October 2012 at his South Kolkata residence, following a heart attack He was suffering from prostate cancer for some time and went to Mumbai for treatment Gangopadhyay s body was cremated on 25 October at Keoratola crematorium, Kolkata.Awards Honours He was honored with Ananda Award 1972, 1979 and Sahitya Academy Award 1984.

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    1. Contains the renowned historical characters Never knew about them deeply Tagore s life, Bibekanando s life, Ram Krishno s life, Tripura State s kingdom etc So much information but not boring at all A very nice book to read




    2. It is always difficult to potray the life and thought of the people in Bengal when it started to change during the British rule, but here we can find that with some fictional characters the novel moves on and as if the characters gets involved in the historical events The author tries to bring up the points or explain the possible reasons behind the events known to us History may become monotonous but it becomes interesting when a storyline is moving with the history


    3. I loved it An unputdownable, long, dark, tragic and at the same time beautiful tale of history, adventure, conspiracies, drama, and most intense of all romance Skipped some parts during the middle though, which I ll have to read when I re read the book someday, with enough time on my hand to fully appreciate it view spoiler The ending was just perfect Exactly how I wanted, but mostly, NEEDED it _ hide spoiler





    4. 4.5 5 A v.good read but i think Those Days was better I think the author focused a bit too much on Rabindranath Tagore s personal life and also on theatres.


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