Swapnasaraswatha

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Swapna Saraswatha is the saga of migration of a community called Saraswaths in the west coast of India, extending from Goa to the south of Mangalore. It captures the dominance of a colonial power over the region that began with the entry of the Portuguese about four hundred years ago. The novel is a graphic description of the displacement of this strongly-rooted community which saw its resurrection in a new area. In the course of its narrative, the novel traces the gradual changes in the structure of the family that moved from a closely knit joint family of the bygone era to the nuclear family.

 


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Swapna Saraswatha is the saga of migration of a community called Saraswaths in the west coast of India, extending from Goa to the south of Mangalore. It captures the dominance of a colonial power over the region that began with the entry of the Portuguese about four hundred years ago. The novel is a graphic description of the displacement of this strongly-rooted community which saw its resurrection in a new area. In the course of its narrative, the novel traces the gradual changes in the structure of the family that moved from a closely knit joint family of the bygone era to the nuclear family. It also deals with the factors that are responsible for the change in value systems of individuals in the wake of such paradigm shifts. With its vast canvas, it remarkably weaves fiction with myth and history, peppered with cultural details and linguistic nuances. The narration in Swapna Saraswatha progresses in the form of an epic detailing the story of nine generations spread over a period of two hundred and fifty years from 1510 to about 1760. It encompasses more than a hundred and fifty characters which include Hindus, Muslims, Christians, chieftains, traders, farmers, priests and black magicians, and covers a range of themes spread across folk tales, legends, armies, myths and a sprinkling of history.

3 reviews for Swapnasaraswatha

  1. Neetha Baliga

    The books tells a heart wrenching story of migration of Saraswath community. A narrative which showcases the plight of our ancestors at the time of Portuguese invasion in Goa.

    Truly intrigued by the way the story unfolded.

    The Portuguese dominance and the events that followed led the community to flee from their strongly rooted place and beliefs, the hardships they had to encounter and how they slowly established their foothold in new places and flourished keeps the reader captivated throughout. A good read I must say!

  2. Vikram Baliga

    Swapna Saraswatha provides a wide canvas on history of the Saraswath community for readers. This book is an intriguing description of the atrocities faced by this community under the Portuguese rule, which forced them to migrate to various South Indian settlements. Each character introduced by the author has a nuance of its own. With a mix of history, mythology and fiction, this book is a readers good companion.

  3. Rashmi Yogesh Pai

     

    This is a story of Goud Saraswath community who left their home finding new abode after being tortured by the Portuguese during the 15th century. Facing hardships and out of fear of physical assault and death they decided to leave their wealth and land and moved towards the South of India.
    The author has succeeded in narrating an exciting story that describes not only migration, but also value systems of communities. This book is a combination of myth, culture, fiction, and history.  Author takes you through various facets of society, life and you will not keep the book down until you read the last line in the book.
    It is a phenomenal work of fiction combined with reality. Hats off to the author.

     

     

     

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