Meyebela, My Bengali Girlhood is a autobiographical book by Bangladeshi doctor, turned feminist writer Taslima Nasrin. This autobiographical book tells Nasrin's story from birth to adolescence. The Bengali term Meyebela means "girlhood". The book has been banned in Bangladesh because "its contents might hurt the existing social system and religious sentiments of the people. The book is very frank about her father and mother. Her father is described by Nasrin as rude and tyrannical.
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People with ordinary lives often chronicle their everyday tasks and thoughts by emptying them onto a paper, with no intentions of taking it to a publisher.
However, how could someone with a seven-part autobiography written over 10 years not maintain a diary while growing up? Her entire oeuvre comprises 45 books, one of which has been freshly translated into English by Maharghya Chakraborty. In revisiting her childhood, replete with war, displacement, gendered violence, and the rise of fundamentalism, Nasrin paints a desperate picture of growing up Muslim in present-day Bangladesh.
Speaking from her home in New Delhi, she travels back to the time when Amar Meyebela was another solitary thought, keeping her company in exile. Excerpts from the interview below:.
I wrote it in while living in exile in Sweden. One day, I felt like writing about my childhood as I was looking back on the life I had been forced to leave behind. I was remembering where I was born because I wasn't allowed to go home. In a foreign land, away from my country, society, family, and friends I was alone.
File image of Taslima Nasrin; cover for the newly-translated Amar Meyebela. While writing Amar Meyebela, all the memories from my childhood came rushing back to me. Even though I never imagined it, I've now written seven novels about my childhood, my life in hiding in Bangladesh, the years spent in exile, the death of my mother, getting thrown out of Calcutta, and so on.
I continued to write even after leaving Bangladesh because I knew it was not just my story. It was the story of millions of women. I was painting a social picture of the times I grew up in. The younger generation, which had not seen war, was able to familiarise itself with that history. Many people write non-fiction about war and displacement, but if it's a woman telling a story, it's always different because our experiences are unique.
I do not think many women writers follow that 'unique' voice. I knew I did not want to write a love story with a male protagonist and submissive women. The women in my novels may be perceived as 'bad' but they are rebels who do not strengthen misogyny.
When I started writing, I hadn't read feminist literature at all. How important is it for a publishing house to stand by the writer in such times? You know, a writer doesn't die when they are living in exile. They die when they stop getting published. When I was in exile, I was dead to the publishers too. I was a popular writer in Bangladesh until However, in August , I had to leave the country after because the fundamentalists were on the streets, demanding my execution.
All of a sudden, all the newspapers which would eagerly wait to carry my writing, went incommunicado. How has the landscape of gender justice changed in the last 20 years? How do you respond to feminist debates being reinvented due to changing social times and context?
I have always been critical of misogyny. It's nothing new for me. I have been struggling to make women free from regressive practices because laws should be based on equality and not religion. You can't be a feminist if you accept religious oppression. However, there is no land beneath my feet. How come I am the aggressive one when it is me who has been living in exile for 25 years?
Atheists are not aggressive, we just have scientific temper. It is not atheists who issue fatwas. Whenever we are critical of a religion, our books get banned, we get attacked. So how come we are extremists? Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
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Amar Meyebela : Taslima Nasrin ( তসলিমা নাসরিন : আমার মেয়েবেলা )