The novel brings together three parallel stories, each about experiences of the evil of untouchability in Indian society. Three stories interweave to form a comprehensive matrix within which we can see how the caste system has generated almost all the problems we face today in our society. In India we celebrate the idea of the "eternal" but this has also made the society stagnant where status quo is more important than liberation for the oppressed Dalits. The novel begins with the story of a young untouchable boy many centuries ago, and then moves to the current time where a university professor is researching about the time in which that boy lived. Then there is third narrative about three young Dalit students who face challenges in contemporary times in their pursuit of education and good life. It is a novel worth reading as there is almost nothing like this in Indian English writing.
An important book with immense contemporary relevance. Three seemingly disparate strands are knit together to make for a powerful narrative that cries out against caste discrimination, deep-rooted prejudice, glaring inequalities and injustice. Through the intermingling of these different strands the author sends a brave message of love, hope and resistance against oppression. Written in unpretentious and lyrical prose, this is a courageous work of fiction that is deeply empathetic to the cause of the oppressed and is a severe indictment of bigotry and regressive forces who wish to crush dissent and destroy those who dare to dream lives of equality and dignity. Highly recommended!
The book takes a new perspective on an unknown subject, on unknown people ... Sculpted brilliantly in a powerful narration, the stories talk about the horrors, the pains, and darkness of lesser-known lives.