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A heart-warming tale

Village life and customs, unknown to city dwellers, are brought alive in the book. Author Manjul Bajaj paints the picture of a small village which boasts an illustrious history, that gets it the name Kala Saand.

books Updated: Jan 14, 2010 19:41 IST
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Village life and customs, unknown to city dwellers, are brought alive in the book. Author Manjul Bajaj paints the picture of a small village which boasts an illustrious history, that gets it the name Kala Saand.

Stringent marriage customs prevail here and "honour" is everything. Young Jugni, raised under the watchful eyes of her Dadi and Tauji (uncle), is aware of the dynamics of her social standing.

The backward society gets a new lease of life when a school for boys opens in the village. Raakha, troubled by his own familial problems, comes from another village, the same as the schoolmaster’s. It is against the rules to fall in love but Jugni gets increasingly attracted to the know-it-all master. Raakha shows how education can shape the mind of young and old alike. However, he is unable to show little control over his impulses. He is ready to break all bounds to marry Jugni.

The rise and fall in the story keeps readers gripped. The book has a dose of humour, adventure and romance. There are many stories, seamlessly entwined, to create a heart-warming read. The compelling story will get readers thinking about issues that may still exist in many rural regions of India.