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ORPHANED Paperback – 5 December 2019
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- Publisher : Rupa Publications India (5 December 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9353337860
- ISBN-13 : 978-9353337865
- Item Weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.98 x 21.6 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authors explores the theme of traditional beliefs with ever changing nature of the scientific endeavours .
We all have heard the saying "man is a social animal". But the question is how do you define what is "social". If the type of food he/she eats, the customs he/she follows the entertainment he/she has - which belongs to certain category then it would unable/difficult for him switch from one social form to another.
This is very well explained with hilda character no matter how much one is willing it would be against the nature of the way they have been brought up. Even kalinga explains the same if he shifts back to America no matter how much he accepts the American culture he will still be an outsider, a black guy a from third world country.
So does that mean we are inherently classified into different classes and creed that is jati/caste?
The village of kalehahalli is kind of ideal one which kind of exihibits the different jatis/caste coexist with out any issues but again discrimination is clearly visible when the stone mason shivalingachari doesn't eat food from others except venkatramas house.
Then again our traditional beliefs doesn't answer many lingering questions raised by Hilda - why only regard cow has most sacred while the buffloes are butchered in the name of sacrifice.
Even today that is in 2021 we can observe so many issues still related to cow and ppls attachments to these beliefs.
The novel ends with many unanswered questions. Is shastras alone enough or do we have any scientific backing ( have read couple of article abt carbon emissions related to consumption of beef) but still we dont have concrete evidence on on this topic.
But again don't we alone have individual beliefs and practices , even after trying I still can't eat eat beef or pork to be honest the sight and smell is quite intolerable. Still have continued to respect ppl to their choice of food without imposing my beliefs on them.
The same is applicable to pork/halal, unlike Cows this topic doesn't even evoke any discussions the ppl who lecture abt beef just shut thier navadwaras at this topic .