Alma Kabutari in Chennai!
by renowned writer and SAARC Literary Award winner, Maitreyi Pushpa, translated from the Hindi by Raji Narasimhan.
The saga of Alma Kabutari does not begin with Alma herself. It has its roots in centuries of social and sexual subjugation of the kabutaris by the upper-caste kajjas. Like Chittor's Rani Padmini of yore, from whom the kabutaris are descended, the onus of breaking the vicious circle and reclaiming human status for her people falls on young Alma. The engrossing story of young Alma's evolution from victim to survivor to tenacious rebel, Alma Kabutari opens a window to the suffering and exploitation of a tribe that teeters at the very fringes of society even today, and that urgently needs our concern and understanding.
The book will be released by Ms Sumathi, well-known writer and lawyer, who will also speak on it. A reading of choice excerpts from the book will follow.