Ocean of Melancholy: The tragedy that was Karbala by Mir Mosharraf Hossain


One of the best known works of Mir Mosharraf Hossain, Bishad Sindhu (Ocean of Melancholy) is an epic historical novel centred on events that led to the battle of Karbala and its aftermath. The book revolves around the tragic story of Hassan and Hussein, grandsons of the great Prophet Muhammad, who were exterminated by their bitter enemy Yazid, the son of the king of Damascus, for his desire for Zainab—Hassan’s beautiful wife—and his greed for the throne of Medina.
The plot is dramatic, has a mythical undertone to it, and deeds of heroism and supernatural occurrences render an epic flavour to its narrative. The storyline explores the sufferings and agonies of human life and the covetousness and hatred of men, and, at the same time, imparts a historical background to the bloodbath and killings that took place in Karbala, Iraq on the 10th of October, AD 680.

My views-

I love reading translated books and this has become one of my favourites now.

The story was originally written in Bengali by Bishad Sindhu. The book is about the the incident of Karbala on 10th October, AD680, i.e the demise of Hassan and Hussain, the grandson of prophet Mohammad.

Sometimes it happens that we dont visit some places and we just heard about them but with the help of this book, i could relate to the incident.

We all know that Muhharam is a sad day but we never knew the real story behind it. This book explains that in detail.

The characters are well balanced. It might make you emotional but at the same time surprised by the history.

I am impressed by the way all the events are put out.


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