“Unadulterated truths” about caste

Front-cover-low-resRajiv Arora reviews Ajay Navarias collection of short stories Unclaimed Terrain for DNA, underlining its importance for an ‘urban’ intellectual culture which “lacks a first-hand experience of several social ills and is unaccustomed to handling unadulterated truths”. The urban culture is probably more a category of the mindscape than the landscape, as even small town and rural literary circles hardly resist what Ambedkar called “the infection of imitation”.

 

Navaria’s work is described as direct, even ‘raw’, but always honest; work in which caste does not get swept under the carpet. The everydayness of his stories slaps our languid indifference hard across the face.

Read the full review here, buy the book here.