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'Alaler Gharer Dulal' (Bengali: ' '; published in 1857) is a Bengali novel by Peary Chand Mitra (18141883). The writer used the pseudonym 'Tekchand Thakur' for this novel.

The novel describes the society of the nineteenth century Calcutta (also known as Kolkata), and the bohemian lifestyle of the protagonist named Matilal. The novel is a landmark in the history of Bengali language and Bengali literature, as it used 'Cholitobhasa' (colloquial form of the Bengali language) for the first time in print. The novel also happens to be one of the earliest Bengali novels.Hana Catherine Mullens wrote 'Phoolmani O Karunar Bibaran' in 1852. This is regarded as the first novel in Bengali; 'Alaler Gharer Dulal' was published in 1858, as per 'Sansad Bangali Charitabhidhan' page 423. Harinath Mazumdar wrote a novel 'Bijay Basanta' at the same time as per 'Ramtanu Lahiri O Tatkalin Banga Samaj', page 88. The simple prose style introduced in the novel came to be known as "Alali language". The novel was first published serially in a monthly magazine, 'Masik Patrika'. Later, a dramatised version was staged at the Bengal Theatre (January 1875).




* Bhattacharya, Ramkrishna, [https://www.academia.edu/11876236 'Alal' in Translation]

* 'Alaler Gharer Dulal', Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo (1987) ed. Amaresh Datta, [https://books.google.com/books?id=ObFCT5_taSgC&pg=PA126 p. 126]

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