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A Tale of Fengado Arun Gadre

A Tale of Fengado

Arun Gadre

Published April 26th 2012
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Kindle Edition
504 pages
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I read the quote by a renowned social anthropologist Dr Margaret Mead. When a reporter asked her, When do you declare that human civilization has started at this particular point while excavating?Her answer was a typical one like roads, utensils,MoreI read the quote by a renowned social anthropologist Dr Margaret Mead. When a reporter asked her, When do you declare that human civilization has started at this particular point while excavating?Her answer was a typical one like roads, utensils, constructions etc. She declared “when I found a healed femur bone, I declare that the human civilization has started here!That exceptional answer by Dr. Margaret Mead enthralled me!This answer implies that thousands of years back when man was living in jungles, in his primitive days, some person had actually lifted a wounded person to the cave, hunted and fed that wounded person for at least six months!I started wondering, who this person was? How did he take a stand against routinely accepted norm of leaving an injured mate behind to die? What turmoil had he gone through? How had he communicated his anguish to the others living with him when language was primitive? What caused him to do this strange and unique thing in the first place? How did he sustain the brutal pressures and isolation that came along with his strange decision?Emerged this saga of that first ever ‘human being’ (in cultural sense) whom I named ‘Fengado’. This novel is with some unique characteristics. Space across the continents, time stretching thousands of years and different civilizations have condensed into a place and time frame of this novel. The sentences, narrative are short, crisp and are without any grammar. The nouns are verbs. A rhythm and flow of the narrative has its umbilical cord embedded in the time zone of primitive civilization. The characters are named after their physical appearance. In the process the novel becomes sort of a Pre-historical and a Pre-social one. It becomes a sort of poetic truth, something that could be interpreted as a distinct, separate and parallel to a reality. This novel helps readers to enter an entirely different universe and helps her to understand the reality of her own human-ness with a altogether different perspective. It provides a mesmerizing contrast to her present.The tale is rich in drama, rawness and the nature. The images in it are unique to this specific period. The story is pregnant with all raw human emotions, intellect, romance, affection, music and the hatred. It depicts many firsts in the Human history. Like: grain farming, collectivization of men and women, the leadership of a woman a hamlet, the awe for woman’s prowess of menstrual period and her ability to produce a baby. The novel has hero - Fengado, heroine – Komalai and a villain – Bapo . Bapo is convinced that power game involved in any collectivization of human beings would convert a man in to an animal!Novel also has the first scientist, the first war. Bapo thrusts this firts war on ‘grain hamlet’ at the behest of ‘man-eater Toli’. Bapo is bent on destroying Bai’s ‘grain hamlet’ once and for all. His dream? To liberate humans from the clutches of the hamlet! To free them from the bondage of rules and regulations which come along with living in a society!Hero -Fengado under Bai’s leadership oppose Bapo. Bapo has been Fengado’s mentor, Bapo has once given then little Fengado a shelter but now they have parted. The budding scientist ‘Lameo’ helps Fengado with the first ever weapon! Fengado wins the war though cannot avoid bloodshed. While all the drama unfolds, Fengado’s mate ‘Lukdo’ whom Fengado has lifted for broken thighbone had died after his femur got healed.Scientist Lameo digs up Lukdo’s the healed femur bone.At the end of the novel, waving Lukdo’s healed femur bone in fist, Fengado shouts,Bapo! You are false!Vasti is like this too! One that gives warmth to babes, the one that heals the broken bone!Far away music man Paydo is telling his off-repeated tale to a gathering around the fire,God was sitting in the sky spreading his legs, just like that!He got bored. . . . –