Sultana's Dream: And Padmarag : Two Feminist Utopias

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Penguin Books India, 2005 - Social Science - 196 pages
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Playful, fascinating and intelligent, these novellas offer a keen insight into the psyche of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a largely self-taught social activist who has, more than 70 years after her death, come to acquire near-iconic status in South Asia.
 

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Contents

Preface
19
Padmarag or The Ruby
34
Saratkumar
49
A Deep Heart
68
Another Meeting
85
The Beauty of Fire
90
A Poem Herself
106
The jubilee and the Prize Distribution
119
Holding Court in School
132
What Society Gave Back
147
The Subarnarekha River
168
Farewell
184
Select Bibliography 197
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Widely regarded as Bengal's earliest and boldest feminist writer, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880) was a woman of many talents. She was a pioneering and creative educationist. The school she founded in Kolkata, the Sakhawat Memorial School for Girls, still thrives. She was also a social activist, who organized middle-class women in undertaking slum development and training poor women in income-generating activities. Her best-known publications are Sultana's Dream (1905), Padmarag (1924), and Abarodhbasini (1931). She is an iconic figure in South Asia, especially among Bengalis in Bangladesh and India.

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