Bagul's stories expose the true nature of the caste system. 'When I hid my caste' is the most powerful of all stories in this collection. Jerry Pinto has done an excellent translation. Looking forward to more translations from Jerry Pinto.
Original published as 'Jevha Mi Jaat Chorli Hoti' in 1963.
Translated by Jerry Pinto- 2018. Speaking Tiger. Pp- 135.
"Through the lives of people on the margins - rebellious youth and migrants, sex workers and street vendors, slum dwellers and gangsters- Bagul exposed the pain, horror and rage of the Dalit experience."
When I Hid My Caste can be described in just one word- Brilliant!
"They say translation gives a classic an afterlife" and I can't find any better way to say it. This indeed has given an afterlife to Bagul's work and I am grateful to have experienced it."
Speaking of the characters, they have a strong built. The stories are convincing, so much so that you start feeling them and it's hard for you not to live them. The narration is exquisite and most appreciable.
One of the best from Dalit literature, that I've read. It's disturbing, yet inspiring at the same time. This books is a journey in itself! :')
The last time I felt such strong emotions was when I read Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand.
When I hid my caste is a powerful book, and deserves to be read worldwide. The sentiments in the book, in the stories and in the words in it are strong. The narration, page after page, brings out emotions in the reader. The book is full of agonising and humiliating experiences of the Dalit, which I'm sure are inspired by true events. Baburao Babu successfully brings to light the "gritty, brutal reality" and it's disturbing.
He portrays the social fabric woven around a centuries old caste system, and in this book, he uncovers and unravels the (harsh) social reality.
A 5 on 5 and a must read!
Thank you so much @speakingtiger for the review copy!
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