Taslima to publish Lajja-II in Malayalam

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen will soon publish a sequel to her famous book 'Lajja', but it will be in Malyalam first, and the original Bengali version will hit the stands later.

The plan was disclosed to close friends here today when Ms Nasreen made a surprise public appearance in the capital city.

Taslima had shot to fame with 'Lajja' which depicted the violence done to the Hindu minority in her home country following the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

The second part of Lajja will be released in November, the writer told her friends.

Her visit at the 'Kerala House" evoked curiosity among the inmates of the state-owned bungalow, which was surrounded by a heavy posse of security personnel.

She had come in the afternoon just to have the taste of Kerala culinary at the invitation of former Kerala Minister and Ex-MP Prof K V Thomas.

Those seen around the table in the canteen were a few journalists from the Malayalam media.

However, she did not allow any television crews or photographers to record her presence there.

She was served with traditional Kerala meal along with fish curry and a special chicken preparation in coconut milk.

Lajja and her later works like her autobiography 'Dwikhandito'(Split into Two) found the Muslim fundamentalist elements baying for her blood in Bangladesh, forcing her ultimately to leave her country and seek refuge in Kolkata in India.

However, her observations about Islam in 'Dwikhandito' earned her the wrath of fundamentalists here too and the CPI(M)-led West Bengal Government finally packed her off from Kolkata.

She was ultimately brought to the national capital last year and kept confined in a house till she left for Sweden for four months.

Taslima, who returned to the capital in August, has been requesting for permanent residentship in the country, but the Government has taken no decision so far except extending her visa.

UNI SH/NAZ AKJ CS2030

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