Naw Hanyate, or It Does Not Die, is a novel written in 1974 by Maitreyi Devi, an Indian poet and novelist who was the protegée of the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. She wrote the novel in response to Romanian philosopher Mircea Eliade's book La Nuit Bengali (titled Bengal Nights in English), which related a fictionalized account of their romance during Eliade's visit to India. Although La Nuit Bengali was published in 1933, it was several years before Devi discovered it. Though the two books relate a common event, they differ in many aspects of their plots and perspectives. Taken together, the New York Times describes the two novels as "an unusually touching story of young love unable to prevail against an opposition whose strength was tragically buttressed by the uncertainties of a cultural divide." In 1994, the University of Chicago Press published the two works in English as companion volumes.
The 1999 Bollywood film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali, takes its inspiration from Devi's novel, although the film does not give credit to it. The film was a huge hit because of its melodramatic picturization.
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