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The Bengalis

A Portrait of a Community
Written by: Sudeep Chakravarti
Narrated by: Anindya Chakravorty
Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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.

©2017 Sudeep Chakravarti (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent book, narration could be better

Sweeping, insightful and funny, Sudeep Chakravarti's book is top notch and a must read for all who wish to understand the Bengali ethos. While the narrator's English pronunciation is swell, the odd Bengali pronunciations and stumbling pauses mar the experience a bit. Feels like the narrator is reading the book for the very first time in the recording studio. With an improved reading, this book could become an Audible bestseller.

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Know thy Bengali

A brilliant insight into the heart, mind, history and life of the most interesting people on the planet. Exceptionally well narrated.

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Excellent!

Best ever book on the Bengalis! Must read for every Bengali as well as non Bengalis of India.

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boring

struggled to finish. started ok then got really boring. a few interesting bits. either the history of bangladesh is too boring or narrator chose the wrong things to discuss.