Nastanirh (also Nashtanir, Bengali নষ্টনীড়় Nôshţoniŗh), (1901), (English: The Broken Nest) is a Bengali novella by Rabindranath Tagore. It is the basis for the noted 1964 film, Charulata by Satyajit Ray.
Scholarship indicates that this story might have been based upon the relationship between Tagore's elder brother Jyotirindranath; his brother's wife, Kadambari Devi (who committed suicide shortly after Tagore's marriage); and Tagore (who spent a great deal of time with Kadambari, reading and writing poetry).
Nastanirh takes place in late 19th century Bengal and explores the lives of the "Bhadralok", Bengalis of wealth who were part of the Bengal Renaissance and highly influenced by the Brahmo Samaj. Despite his liberal ideas, Bhupati is blind to the loneliness and dissatisfaction of his wife, Charu. It is only with the appearance of his cousin, Amal, who incites passionate feelings in Charu, that Bhupati realizes what he has lost.
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