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The Legend of Ramulamma


In a typical village somewhere in the Deccan, justice arrives in a different form…

A middle-aged Dalit mid-wife, Ramulamma goes about her day performing her services as a dai, looking for odd jobs in surrounding villages and occasionally in the city, and countering constant ill-treatmeant from the local Inspector Sahib.

But there’s more to Ramulamma than her torn sari and the gold stud twinkling on her nose reveal. Through her wisdom and canny intuition, she finds her way around the most intractable problems with the deftest touch. She brings to book a powerful landlord for the rape and murder of a young Dalit girl, saves a falsely accused thief from a miserable fate, and demonstrates to abusive policemen (and occasionally her high-born patrons) in her signature, subtle style the real meaning of duty.

With delicate wit and never-failing empathy, the twelve stories in this delightful collection expose the hypocrisies of our sharply divided society and celebrate the self-empowerment of its oppressed.
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  • Auteur : Vithal Rajan
  • Éditeur : Hachette India
  • Date de parution : 24/04/20
  • EAN : 9789350096437
  • Format : ePub
  • Nombre de pages: 200
  • Protection : Contenu protégé

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In a typical village somewhere in the Deccan, justice arrives in a different form…

A middle-aged Dalit mid-wife, Ramulamma goes about her day performing her services as a dai, looking for odd jobs in surrounding villages and occasionally in the city, and countering constant ill-treatmeant from the local Inspector Sahib.

But there’s more to Ramulamma than her torn sari and the gold stud twinkling on her nose reveal. Through her wisdom and canny intuition, she finds her way around the most intractable problems with the deftest touch. She brings to book a powerful landlord for the rape and murder of a young Dalit girl, saves a falsely accused thief from a miserable fate, and demonstrates to abusive policemen (and occasionally her high-born patrons) in her signature, subtle style the real meaning of duty.

With delicate wit and never-failing empathy, the twelve stories in this delightful collection expose the hypocrisies of our sharply divided society and celebrate the self-empowerment of its oppressed.

Biographie de Vithal Rajan

Vithal Rajan, O.C., B.A. Hons (McGill) and PhD (LSE), has worked as an offi cer at ICI, Canada; a mediator for the Church in Belfast in the 1970s; and later as founding faculty at the School of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; Chair of World Studies, International School of Geneva; Director, World-Wide Fund for Nature International, Switzerland; and Executive Director, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Sweden (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize). He has also founded several Indian NGOs, and was made an Offi cer of the Order of Canada for lifelong service to humanity. Vithal Rajan is the author of several books of fi ction and plays, including Sharmaji, Padmashree (Writers’ Workshop, 2006, and Konark Publishers, 2013); Holmes of the Raj (Random House India, 2010); Th e Year of High Treason (Rupa, 2011); and Mangues de Tara (Heures Bleues, Montreal, 2011).'

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