Taslima Nasreen's latest offering, <em>Shameless</em>, the sequel to her bestselling <em>Lajja</em>, is now out on Kindle.
Published by Harper Collins India, the book follows Suranjan, the principal character of <em>Lajja</em>, who moves to Kolkata with his family after facing persecution in his native Bangladesh.
But is life for a Hindu family from an Islamic nation any better in a country where a majority of the population happens to be Hindu?
Leading poor, unmoored lives, exploited and frustrated at every step of the way, and always carrying with them the memories of a scarred communal history, Suranjan and so many others like him seem to lead incomplete lives.
The book is an uncompromising, heart-breaking look at ordinary people's lives in our troubled times.
Author Taslima Nasreen said that she wrote <em>Shameless</em> in 2007 while being forced to live under house arrest in Kolkata.
"Now, in 2020, to save humanity from the contagious and deadly Covid-19, we are placing ourselves in self-quarantine or social isolation. But humans are social animals, we cannot live totally alone. We need ways to imagine a world where these hindrances don't hold us back," she said.
She added that there is no better way to spend this time than read books. "When I was under house arrest, I spent my time writing and imagining the friends who could not come by," she said..