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Alma Kabutari

Raji Narasimhan (Author) Maitreyi Pushpa (Author)
Synopsis The saga of Alma Kabutari does not begin with Alma herself. It has its roots in centuries of social and sexual subjugation of the kabutaris by the upper-caste kajjas. Like Chittor’s Rani Padmini of yore, from whom the kabutaris are descended, the onus of breaking the vicious circle and reclaiming human status for her people falls on young Alma. The engrossing story of young alma’s evolution from victim to survivor to tenacious rebel, Alma Kabutari opens a window to the suffering and exploitation of a tribe that teeters at the very fringes of society even today, and that urgently needs our concern and understanding.Debatable questions that can be asked, perhaps. But what are beyond debate are the links she has created between the kajjas and the kabutaras. These are links of friendship, unlike the links of clandestine sex that were all that her predecessors were able to forge. Perhaps this is so more in the fictional world of the novel than in real life. But it seems very plausible, very realizable. And it has been made more so by the sheer force of Maitreyi Pushpa’s writing. It makes crossovers seem potent means of setting in motion the forces of peace and pacification.
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About the authors

Raji Narasimhan

Forever Free of Raji Narasimhans second novel and a fourth book. She has wide and intensive journalistic experience having worked as a free lancer and staff reporter for Indian Express for severa years. in 1967 she gave up journalism for creative writing. Forever Free was taught test in the English Curriculum of IIT, Delhi for almost ten years. Raji Narasimhan lives in Delhi.

Maitreyi Pushpa

MAITREYI PUSHPA has written consistently about rural politics and has endeavoured to explore the web of human relationships in a time of moral ambivalence and social uncertainly. She is the recipient of many accolades including the SAARC Literary Award for Alma Kabutari, the Premchand Samman and the Sahityakar Samman.

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Bibliographic information

Title Alma Kabutari
Format Softcover
Date published: 14.07.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Katha
Language: English
isbn 8187649232
length 600p.