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Puravankara Plots Bangalore Into a Paradise on Rice

In this new best-seller by Anish Deshpande called “The Godfather of Secular Tourism”, the author depicts the journey of a middle class family, amidst the backwaters and paddy fields of Bangalore in search of their fortune in the city’s commercial capital. It is an exceptional journey where the family members strive to give the simplest possible gift to the poor farmer who labored for their livelihood, yet they failed. The author draws a parallel between the modern Indian jibarbehari and the medieval sutras of Puravankara. “The Godfather of Secular Tourism” attempts to bring out the message of tolerance and understanding amid simmering communal tensions in India. Deshpande has succeeded in creating a fresh avatar of the Purvankara legend by bringing this book into the public domain.

What Is Purva Plots And How Does It Work?

The story begins with a happily married couple from a small village of Benaulim, “Purva Plots” as they are called, who are blessed by a cow’s milk that starts to turn into rice. Their happiness is cut short when their daughter gets married to a local prince. They return to their hometown and find that their daughter has now become a widower. To make matters worse, the prince is dead. It is here that the plot picks up, as the character’s plot against the local authorities for executing justice on the people who were responsible for the death of their loved one.

The father of the couple, Santosh, tries to convert his daughter to the Hindu religion but fails. He then consents to let his son marry a girl from their village who is related to the Hindu community, but this does not end well either. The two families continue to feud and finally Santosh dies of a broken heart while his son flees to India. Years later, the girl marries another man and both families are happily settled into a peacefully settled life, thanks to the blessings of “The Godfather of Secular Tourism”.

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