Swapna Saraswatha


Author : Gopalakrishna Pai

9789382460626 | PB | pp.475 | 2013 | Manipal Universal Press

Swapna Saraswatha is the saga of migration of a community called Saraswaths in the west coast of India, extending from Goa to the south of Mangalore.

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Swapna Saraswatha captures the dominance of a colonial power over the region that began with the entry of the Portuguese about four hundred years ago. The novel is a graphic description of the displacement of this strongly-rooted community which saw its resurrection in a new area. In the course of its narrative, the novel traces the gradual changes in the structure of the family that moved from a closely knit joint family of the bygone era to the nuclear family. It also deals with the factors that are responsible for the change in value systems of individuals in the wake of such paradigm shifts. With its vast canvas, it remarkably weaves fiction with myth and history, peppered with cultural details and linguistic nuances. The narration in Swapna Saraswatha progresses in the form of an epic detailing the story of nine generations spread over a period of two hundred and fifty years from 1510 to about 1760. It encompasses more than a hundred and fifty characters which include Hindus, Muslims, Christians, chieftains, traders, farmers, priests and black magicians, and covers a range of themes spread across folk tales, legends, armies, myths and a sprinkling of history.

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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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