Mannum Manitharum (Award winning work)
Author : Shivaram Karanth
Translator : T. B. Siddalingaiah
A saga spanning three generations, Mannum Manitharum begins in mid-nineteenth century with the story of a poor Brahmin family in coastal Karnataka. Winds of colonial modernity bring about sweeping changes in this tradition-bound community. The English-educated second generation loses its links with the land. Unemployment haunts the third generation which wanders to cities in search of a living. Karanth’s alchemy turns this woman-centered narrative of struggle and survival into a golden classic imbued with the smells and colours of rain, earth and sea.