Shoes of the Dead


Rupa Publication


Kota Neelima









No. of Pages:


The Main Characters-

Sudhakar Bhadra- if not him, then this story is not there. he is a farmer, who commits suicide as he is not able to pay debts.

Gangiri- Sudhakar’s [ he is the brother of Sudhakar, a school teacher settled in urban town. he fights for the justice and his brother, in long run for the farmers.

Keyur Kashinath son of Vaishnav Kashinath who is a party’s general secretary and politician.

Videhi, wife of a rich industrialist and assistant director of the Centre for Contemporary Societies who comes up with a bizarre solution to combat farmer suicides by withdrawing all the subsides proved to them.

it begins with a suicide of a farmer at Mityalay in south central india. Unfortunately, the Mityala community fakes out the news of suicide committed by several such farmers and cancels out on the compensation to their families .his brother, a city dweller, educated and working as a school teacher gets affected by this and takes the case seriously and fights for rights. in the process of finding justice, he quits his job, and he fights for all other farmers justice, and doesnt want anyone else to commit suicide. he tries to figure out the core reason for his brother’s death. when he tries to reason, he finds out that, there were deceitful money lenders, bank mangers with targets, local MPs with elections coming , district collector, agriculture officer etc. with so much of expense to borne and no job, he delivers justice to the widows of the farmers. he is assisted by a journalist throughout the book.

the book gives insight of  working of Indian political and democratic system of India. it also tells about how Politian’s behave for the sake of votes.

the best part of the book is characterization. how the story is built to support each character. you feel like you have heard this story from your grandmother who is into farming or read it in news paper.

a very different book from the kind i have read in recent times. touching. this book gives inspiration to fight for a true cause. though slow, proves to be worth the wait to finish. language is simple, straightforward.

Kota Neelima is a political editor with The Sunday Guardian    and    a    Research    Fellow    for    South     Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. Her previously published work includes the novels Riverstones and Death of a Moneylender. Neelima lives in New Delhi and Washington, DC.

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  1. I was so glued by the story that you were telling here that, I was disappointed its just a blurb. Looks like a nice read. I always like the books with which I can relate to easily.

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