Traditional, modern Indian cultures clash in new novel
Historical defunct reservoir becomes focus of battle between rural community, city politician in ‘Slab of Peacock’ BANGALORE,
Historical defunct reservoir becomes focus of battle between rural community, city politician in ‘Slab of Peacock’
BANGALORE, India – A rural Indian community bands together in order to take back its reservoir from a seedy politician in Narasimha Rao Mamunooru’s latest novel, “Slab of Peacock” (published by Partridge India).
Set in the drought-prone region of southern India, “Slab of Peacock” centers on a village desperate for water. A historic defunct reservoir, close by the village, had been under unauthorized occupation of a greedy family whose descendent a seedy politician, claims as his property and refuses to part with it.
The villagers, however, refuse to back down, but their methods, traditions and customs may be too old -fashioned to take on the politician. Will they ever be able to take back their reservoir and be prosperous once more?
“Slab of Peacock” illustrates the juxtaposition between the traditional Indian culture of rural villages and the modern influences in the bigger cities. Mamunooru aims to give an accurate depiction of the humor, goodness and philosophical approach to life that rural villages often exhibit.
“The overall theme of the book centers on the life style of the villagers and the way they tackle problems, their personal problems and those of the community,” explains Mamunooru. “Incidental anecdotes reveal their views on the merits and demerits of democracy and monarchy; such debates still go on among the village communities.”
“Slab of Peacock”
By Narasimha Rao Mamunooru
Hardcover | 5 x 8 in | 386 pages | ISBN 9781482822793
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 386 pages | ISBN 9781482822809
E-Book | 386 pages | ISBN 9781482822786
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About the Author
Narasimha Rao Mamunooru became interested in English literature during his college days. He has published three novels in the Telugu language and an anthology, also in Telugu. His short story, “God Blass You!,” won a commendation award from Central Sahithya Academy.