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Imagine people parting ways for you as you arrive because they are scared of touching you-- will you feel powerful, proud and prestigious? But what if, the moment you accidentally touch them, they utter abuses and call you names? What if, this harmless touch makes them go back home and purify themselves, no matter how much hurry they are in? What if, everything that you touch are being washed before handling it? What if, your only purpose in the society is to clean up faeces and sweep streets? Can you imagine living even a single day in your life in such a manner? This horrifying and terrific life is not of an individual; it is of a community in India that has been termed and treated the same:untouchable.

The way of life of this community, which has been considered low-caste by the caste-system in the past has been portrayed in detail in the book, Untouchable, written by Mulk Raj Anand. The author has projected every possible emotion and treatment that an untouchable goes through in just a single day of his life, in 160 pages.

Bakha, the protagonist, tries to find the meaning of his existence as he sweeps, collects excreta from people's latrines, bears abuses, lives with the disdain treatment and witnesses the same being inherited to his children. Is any life worth such a treatment just based on some superstitious and meaningless beliefs? Anand conveys with every word of the book the hard facts of such a life, with vitality and precision.

With this book, Mulk Raj Anand raises his voice for the eradication of a caste system that walls up an entire community. He is famous for his works depicting the lives of the poor and under-privileged ones of the traditional Indian society. Coolie and Across the Black Waters are some of his well-known books. You can order online the paperback edition published by Penguin India with ISBN-10 number of 0143027808 and ISBN-13 number of 978-0143027805.

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date August 29, 2001
Publisher Penguin India
Contributor(s) Mulk Raj Anand
Binding Paperback
Edition New edition
Page Count 160
ISBN 10 0143027808
ISBN 13 9780143027805
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Product Dimensions 23 cm
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