Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Tattooed Fakir
It’s also a rebellion that isn’t to be.
Biman Nath’s The Tattooed Fakir promises a story about a rebellion and ultimately it becomes about how the lives of the powerful and the powerless are interlinked. Set in late eighteenth-century India, the novel begins when Roshanara, the daughter of a Muslim fakir, is kidnapped by Kali babu, the zamindar of Jahangirpur. The British Ronald MacLean (Makhlin sahib or burra sahib), the owner of a Neel Kuthi (Indigo Estate) intervenes and takes Roshanara as his mistress. Roshanara’s solace are Anne, the sister of the plantation manager Pierre Gaubert, and a servant named Gopal.