The Bengalis
A Portrait of a Community
(Hardcover)

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The Bengalis are the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world, after the Han Chinese and the Arabs. A quarter of a billion strong and growing, the community has produced three Nobel laureates, world-class scientists, legendary political leaders and revolutionaries, iconic movie stars and directors, and an unending stream of writers, philosophers, painters, poets and musicians of the first rank. But, bald facts aside, just who are the Bengalis? What is the community all about, stereotypically and beyond stereotype? In order to find the answers to these and related questions, the author (a Bengali born and steeped in his own culture but objective enough to give us a balanced reckoning of his fellows) delves deep into the culture, literature, history and social mores of the Bengalis. He writes with acuity about the many strengths of the community but does not flinch from showing us its weaknesses and tormented history. He points out that Bengalis are among the most civilized and intellectually refined people on earth but have also been responsible for genocide and racism of the worst kind. Their cuisine is justly celebrated but few remember the cause and effect of millions of Bengalis dying of famine. Renowned for their liberal attitudes, they are also capable of virulent religious fundamentalism. Argumentative and meditative, pompous and grounded, hypocritical and wise, flippant and deep... Bengalis are all this and much, much more. With erudition, wit and empathy, this book manages to capture their very essence. Unarguably, it is the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant and distinctive communities.

The Bengalis are the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world, after the Han Chinese and the Arabs. A quarter of a billion strong and growing, the community has produced three Nobel laureates, world-class scientists, legendary political leaders and revolutionaries, iconic movie stars and directors and an unending stream of writers, philosophers, painters, poets and musicians of the first rank. But, bald facts aside, just who are the Bengalis? What is the community all about, stereotypically and beyond stereotype? In order to find the answers to these and related questions, the author (a Bengali born and steeped in his own culture but objective enough to give us a balanced reckoning of his fellows) delves deep into the culture, literature, history and social mores of the Bengalis. He writes with acuity about the many strengths of the community but does not flinch from showing us its weaknesses and tormented history. He points out that Bengalis are among the most civilized and intellectually refined people on earth but have also been responsible for genocide and racism of the worst kind. Their cuisine is justly celebrated but few remember the cause and effect of millions of Bengalis dying of famine. Renowned for their liberal attitudes, they are also capable of virulent religious fundamentalism. Argumentative and meditative, pompous and grounded, hypocritical and wise, flippant and deep... Bengalis are all this and much, much more. With erudition, wit and empathy, this book manages to capture their very essence. Unarguably, it is the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant and distinctive communities.

AuthorSudeep Chakravarti
BindingHardcover
EAN9789386021045
FormatImport
ISBN9386021048
Height827 mm
Length591 mm
Width87 mm
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages496
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-10-30
PublisherAleph Book Company
Release Date2017-10-31
StudioAleph Book Company
Sales Rank1004

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  • The author associated with The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is Sudeep Chakravarti.
  • The EAN for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is 9789386021045.
  • The format for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is Import.
  • The ISBN for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is 9386021048.
  • The height for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is 827 mm.
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  • The width for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is 87 mm.
  • The language for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is English.
  • The binding of The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is Hardcover.
  • The number of pages for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community are 496.
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  • The publication date for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is 2017-10-30.
  • The publisher for The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community is Aleph Book Company.
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