Frank S. D'Souza The Anonymous Birthright

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The Anonymous Birthright

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At the turn of the 18th Centaury, Shankar Gowda, a Hindu soldier in Tipu Sultan's army in South India, loses his wife in childbirth. He buries his personal wealth in a secret spot to be unearthed again when he returns from war... But as fate would have it, he is killed. His aged parents are unable to care for his new-born daughter, abandoning her at the door of a Catholic Convent. This epic traces the bloodline of Shankar Gowda's family through 4 generations and nearly a century as they battle ill-fortunes and terrible hardships within the social fiber of southern India during the British Raj. Seventy years later, Stanley Pinto, the grandson of the abandoned baby, employed by an English owned coffee plantation, attempts to drag his family out of the shackles of poverty and finds out how unexpectedly cruel and selfish the world can really be...... Guts, determination and an odd twist of fate are Stanley's only allies.

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The Author has been in the Coffee Planting industry as a Coffee Grower himself, as were his father and grandfather before him, the grandfather choosing the industry as an occupation, in 1910. The older generation who had experienced life in the Malnad and Coastal Mangalore and South Canara areas of South India, would remember the living conditions, the traditions and the customs narrated in this book. The author also wishes to state that he wanted to highlight the ignominious manner in which the low-caste tribes and peoples lived and were treated. They were dispossessed, cursed, ill-treated, and looked down upon, and forced to endure untold miseries and suffering, as though they were some leprous animal 'untouchables' the irony being that they themselves accepted their status. This was their plight from the beginning of the time that the Aryans invaded India from the North West, and created the caste system, till after India gained Independence, when efforts were made to better their lot. These tenets being so ingrained in the people and those efforts notwithstanding, there are pockets in India even today where untouchability is still practiced. Care has also been taken to phonetically project the local words and phrases as closely as possible to the actual words. It has been the Author's intention to deliberately portray the day to day existence of the people of the time and their eating habits, especially of the staple food, kungee. It must be remembered that their needs were few and wants even fewer, as almost all households grew their own rice and vegetables, and the surplus obtained was bartered for other goods. There was very little cash money circulating, and most of it was in the hands of an elite few families.

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