Author : Pannalal Patel
Translator : Subramanian
Manothidam, originally published in Gujarati in 1947 as Manavini Bhavai, is a modern classic. Set against the rural backdrop of Gujarat, it’s a fictionalized account of the great famine of 1990, which had ravaged this part of the world. Written in a simple, direct style, free of conventional artifice and sophistication it is not ‘crude’ or ‘raw’. It is the story of love between Kalu and Raju as well as the story of hard and tragic life of the farmers in Indian villages. The translation seeks to retain the essential simplicity, the rustic flavor and spirit of the original as closely as possible.