A Bond So Sacred


Author : Usha Rajagopalan

9789382460282 | PB | pp.348 | 2017 | Manipal Universal Press

A Bond so Sacred is at once a heart wrenching saga of a few decades of history as it is a tale of a few familiar people who live and suffer through some of the most traumatic periods of hope and despair.

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A Bond So Sacred tells the story of Raman, a satyagrahi, who adopts Kokila, an orphan. He leaves the five year old in the care of his mother while he plunges into the freedom struggle. His nationalist fervour, however, clashes with his love for Amina, his charming neighbor who wants parental approval to their marriage. Raman’s mother is as staunch a Brahmin as Amina’s father is a Muslim. Will Raman be able to get their consent? The joy of India becoming an independent nation is marred by Gandhiji’s death. Raman’s fellow satyagrahis have gone their ways and he finds himself with no role to play in a rapidly changing country. Meanwhile, Kokila, his protégée, has her own battles to fight. As the years bring them together again, Kokila discovers truths about Raman that she would never have imagined. She is forced to confront the ghosts of the past, his and hers.

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About the Author

Usha Rajagopalan is a writer, translator and environmentalist. She has won several prizes, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for three consecutive years. She has been in residence at the British Centre for Literary Translation as the Charles Wallace Fellow, University of East Anglia, UK; Sangam House, Bangalore; Le Château de Lavigny in Switzerland; and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is also the translator of Selected Poems of Subramania Bharati (Hachette India). As an activist, she has campaigned to save a lake in Bangalore from extinction. The Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust is the first citizens’ group in the city to formally maintain a rejuvenated lake.


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