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Charles Sobhraj and other stories ( Printbook )

Sarjoo Katkar
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Siddharth Kamble felt disgusted. He doesn’t know who his father is. Mother is Droupadi. He used her name itself as his father’s name. Once the master in school was asking everyone’s name. The master was new to the school. He said, ‘All of you tell your full names.

Everyone told their names, their father’s name, and then their surname. When Siddhartha’s turn came, he said, Siddhartha Kamble. ‘Tell your father’s name’, said the master. Siddhartha stood up straight.
Master got angry. How if you tell only ‘Siddhartha Kamble? Don’t you have a father and a mother?’
He immediately answered, ‘Siddhartha Droupadi Kamble.’

  • Book Format: Printbook
  • Author: Sarjoo Katkar
  • Translator: Kavita Kusugal
  • Publisher: Yaji Prakashana

This collection of short stories begins with a story on “Bandigeri Issue”. Bandigeri one of the nondescript villages of Karnataka became a center of focus because of an incident that shook the conscience of the entire State and, perhaps, its reverberations went beyond our boundaries. Siddharth Kamble, a Dalit youth, is the protagonist of this
story, who responds to the tragic incident of five Bandigeri youth being made to eat human excreta, just because they happened to carry a few logs of firewood which were lying in the field belonging to the upper caste people. Siddharth is greatly disturbed by this incident. And he tries to reply in his own fashion in his village to this heart-rending incident elsewhere.

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