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Book Title: A Bend in the Ganges|
The author of the book: Manohar Malgonkar
Date of issue: February 25th 1965
ISBN 13: 9780670157259
Format files: PDF
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Although I usually do not read Indians authors in English, this exception turned out to be fruitful. Manohar Malgonkar's A Bend in the Ganges explores the lives of three people during the time of partition.
Written in a straightforward yet appealing manner, the author presents two sides of the British Raj. One, those who think the British are oppressors and must leave immediately, one way or the other. And one who think the British are fair and just are the only people capable of civilising India.
I had often wondered what prompted so many Indians to support the British. This books sheds a little light into it. When Gian, one of the protagonists is thankful that his court case will be presided over by a British Judge, one who cannot be bribed and is fair, we can see the troubles so many Indians faced from their own people.
Debi on the other hand is a pro Japanese and Anti British young man who resorts to violence rather than the more popular non violence protests. Both the characters interact a few times and change each other's lives for better or for worse.
Sundari, the female protagonist holds her own against the two male leads. A woman, whose imagined life is shattered and is forced to slowly change her nature entirely.
With a story that is interesting and a narration that is fluid, A Bend in the Ganges is well worth reading.
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Read information about the authorManohar Malgonkar was an Indian author in the English language of both fiction and nonfiction.
Malgonkar was born in a royal family, and educated at Bombay University. He was an officer in the Maratha Light Infantry, a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner and a farmer, and he also stood for parliament. Most of that activity was during the build up to Indian independence and its aftermath, often the settings for his works. The socio-historical milieu of those times form the backdrop of his novels, which are usually of action and adventure. He also wrote non-fiction, including biography and history.
Malgonkar lived in a remote bungalow, at some distance from the town of Belgaum, Karnataka. His only child Sunita (educated at the famous Lawrence School Sanawar) died at a young age.
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