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ANAND (article first published : 2003-08-20)

Madiba Publishers in association with Adams Campus Bookshop recently launched Anand the first novel by Pat Poovalingam.

The son of an indentured Indian immigrant, a lawyer and columnist, Pat Poovalingam has a keen interest in Indian history and culture.

Anand is a gripping story covering a tapestry of life in South Africa through the last century and a half. Race, gender, class criss-cross the oceans - India , England , South Africa - sexual and political transgressions, utopian ideals confront an emerging dystopia and reflect back.

This is a truly South African novel because it refuses to be contained by its boundaries. Its setting is the shackles of the canefields. Its central figure is a freedom fighter with personal emotional handcuffs. Anand, the end result of a liaison between Vallamma and the white boss of a sugar estate, is born in and borne by the throes of tragedy. He leaves the canefields and is recruited by the Communist Party. A transgressor, like his father, he is a lawyer bound to break the law, a freedom fighter forced to find justice in the apartheid law courts.

This is a book about the long road to freedom and to self-realisation. It is told with historical accuracy, humour and innovative use of the English language.

Dr. Helen Suzman comments: “Now that almost ten years have passed since the end of apartheid, Pat Poovalingam's book Anand is a timely reminder of the suffering imposed on 'enemies of the state'. The chapters on Anand's 67 days in detention without trial are a stark description of the psychological effects of the deprivation of human company. The 'good guy-bad guy' treatment of the Special Branch and the sinister threats inherent in this treatment which leads to the tragic conclusion of the book, highlights the transgression of human rights.

Interspersed in this main theme are interesting descriptions of present-day life, customs and religious practises of the descendants of the indentured Indians who were brought to Natal in the mid-19th century to work in the canefields. There are close personal relationships which enhance the contents of this readable book, particularly the abiding love between Anand and his maternal grandmother.

Pat Poovalingam was a founder of The Graphic newspaper in Durban, a past columnist of the Leader newspaper and presently comments on issues in the Indian community of Durban via his current column in The Post newspaper. His past positions include MP in 1984, President of Univ of Natal Convocation and Vice-Chairman ML Sultan Technikon. He is currently a practising attorney.




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