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Death of a Moneylender `Death of a Moneylender' is the story of a young journlaist who travels to an Indian village for a news story the death of a local moneylender who is found hanging from a lamppost in front of his houseIt is a murder mystery set in a terrain that is tense because of agricultural distress and escalating anger against the rich and influential sections of the society Farmer suicides are unfortunately a 'dog bites man' story in journalism parlance but Falak Anand is sent to a remote village in south central India to cover an almost 'man bites dog' version a money lender has been found hanging and an entire village is suspectI uite liked the book for the premise and the subject matter because while this is a work of fiction it gives a lot of perspective on the conditions and circumstances that forces a farmer to take his own life crop cycles dependence on rainsun credit facilities which show the reasons why farmers are forced to go to moneylenders despite the existence of banks market economics and the wily middlemen and the abject poverty that all these factors collectively land the farmer in Add to this a corrupt set of politicians and file pushing bureaucrats and the farmer is left with no other choiceIn the context of the book it takes the death of a decent moneylender who wishes well for the farmers for this stranglehold to be loosenedNow while I understand that the author has taken pains to ensure that the inhumanity of it all gets drilled into us I felt that as a work of fiction it could've been edited better especially the last 30 about pages especially since the climax is uite predictable and given away by the summary Also except for Falak's character which dominates the proceedings the others tend to be just supportive and all too stereotyped despite a setting I haven't encountered much before But I'd still recommend it for sensitizing us to an India that is somehow forgotten amidst our relatively trivial urban dramas This is a thought provoking book; in fact so powerful is the presented narrative that I would like to ask the Author to – whenever she feels she has enough data regarding these affairs and latitude in her day job to present a non fiction work along these lines presenting the reality of the on ground situation Admittedly that would be a tough ask and is bound to take time as well as solid research and carefully worded and phrased content given the topic I hope she does do it; I would certainly like to read itIt takes you deep into village life and particularly the village and farming economy – not on a paper level or on an analytical level; but on a gut wrenching hard hitting level of the individual farmer as well as the socio cultural mileu and environment of a village Even I who have identified farming credit as one of the key contributory factors of the farming scenario in India in my Agriculture Series was hit hard at this personal approach despite being reasonably familiar with the reality The difference is that while my understanding is basis reading a series of research papers I get the feeling this book has a lot of personal experience behind it and it showsCatch the entire review here Loved the book mainly because of the vivid imagery of rural landscapes of India And the easy description of some of the most complex problems concerning agriculture and social life Considering the lives we live in with little time left for ourselves leave alone strangers a book like this helped me to expand my imagination and perspective I like books which do not burden me with facts and research but slips in information softly like a suggestion This is one such book

  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Death of a Moneylender
  • Kota Neelima
  • English
  • 10 July 2014

About the Author: Kota Neelima

Kota Neelima is a political author and has been a journalist for over 22 years She holds a Master’s degree in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi India and was Senior Research Fellow South Asia Studies at The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies SAIS Johns Hopkins University Washington DC USA She is a former political editor for The Sund


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