Author: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Arunava Sinha
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788184001310
The first novel in Indian Literature
Inspired by the Historical Romances of Sir Walter Scott, Bankim Chandra’s first Bengali novel is a story of love set amidst the war between the Pa-thans and the Mughal emperor Akbar in the Sixteen century.
Dashing young Jagat is sent by his father, Mughal general Mansingh, to quell the Pathan uprising in Bengali. There he falls in love with Tilottama, the alluring daughter of Chieftain Birendra Singh only to discover – too late – of the bitter rivalry between their two families.
Stirring and colourful, Durgeshnandini (1865) created a sensation among Bengali readers with its vigorous storytelling and its bold portrayal of romantic love. It is regarded as the first novel in Indian literature.