A Handful Of Sesame


Author: Shrinivas Vaidya

9789382460831 | PB | pp. 252 | 2018 | Manipal Universal Press

A work of historical fiction, it is set in Navalgund of North Karnataka and in an earthy, homely and at times, tongue in cheek tone tells the story of three generations of a family with the freedom movement as its background.

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A Handful of Sesame is the English translation of Shrinivas Vaidya’s Kannada novel Halla Bantu Halla, a Central Sahitya Akademi Award winner. As anecdotal history, it portrays a time in colonial India when change happened at an unprecedented pace.

With a captivating start, A Handful of Sesame plunges us into the heart of the dying years of the 1857 mutiny. But the mutiny is largely a backdrop to the novel. When Kamalanabh of Kashi is manipulated by an impoverished Brahmin of Navalgund into marrying his daughter, the novel becomes basically the story of an internal migration. This is rare, and it remains one of the strengths of the novel. We are so used to speaking of migration across the postcolonial bridge and accredited national borders that we forget that India is a country of endless internal migrations in the past and the present.

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About the Author

Shrinivas Vaidyan was born in Navalgund of Dharwad district. He studied economics and history at Karnatak University,Dharwad. He took up literature as a serious activity, since then published several collections.


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