Son Lal

Biography

Son Lal is my pen name. I was born in a Scandinavian country of northern Europe in the early 1940s. I have lived in India off and on for fifty years, since I first arrived to the Gateway of India at Bombay by ship in 1963.

Books

A Voice Of The Indian Desert
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Price: Free! Words: 33,750. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Category: Essay » Sociology
Tan Dan about fights in the feudal age and the liberation of the feudal serfs in the 1950s. Narrations from his native village. Detha cattlebreeders had clashes with feudal lords, who did not accept any rivalry to their supremacy. Untouchable Hindus worked as humiliated serfs. Among them Harji. Brutally beaten, as his hair was too long. Eventually the suppressed farmers became landowners.
The Young Desert Farmer
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Price: Free! Words: 62,990. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Category: Essay » Sociology
A small dry sluggish feudal village in western Rajasthan came alive after the villagers managed to pump irrigation water from great depth. Tan Dan and his livestock breeding clan became commercial farmers more powerful than the former feudal lords. Tenants became landowners participating in the casteridden political game of the area. Tan Dan tried modern farming based on agricultural science.
Untouchable Friends
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Price: Free! Words: 34,290. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
In the 1970s Baya and other children in the Rajasthan desert region worked as sweepers at houses, where they were treated as untouchables. Although outsiders kept away from them, they enjoyed each others company, being good friends. Feudal attitudes influenced the life of all the sweeper families. The book also deals with death rites, Ganga water rites, Chandals and the meaning of outcasting.
Many Untouchable Castes
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Price: Free! Words: 45,560. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
The book is about caste competition in feudal Rajasthan in the mid-20th century. About groups segregated by highcaste Hindus in the Marvar desert region. Castes heavily burdened by ageold customs prescribed by the feudal elite. The behaviour towards ritual untouchables. Attempts to rise in the society by leaving work disdained by others. As narrated by Tan Dan, a villager of the area.
Bland Bybor I Västra Rajasthan
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Price: Free! Words: 42,110. Language: Swedish. Published: May 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Självbiografisk berättelse om vänskapsrelationer och kulturkrockar i Indien mellan 1977 och 2008. Min kontakt med byliv och växtodling i enkla genuina miljöer, där man klarar sitt vardagsliv genom strävsamt arbete. Med små marginaler och många att försörja. Vad familjerna gör för att säkra sin framtid. Hur samhällsförändringarna påverkar deras tillvaro. Samtal med byborna om deras livssyn.
Djupdykningar I Det Indiska Folkhavet
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Price: Free! Words: 82,730. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Dagbok från resor på egen hand bland vanligt folk i norra delen av Indien mellan 2008 och 2012. Ett försök att förstå tillvaron för dem, som har mycket små resurser. Genom samtal på deras eget språk.Med fattiga bönder och bybor, med dem som utsätts för kastdiskriminering, och dem som har urusla bostäder i små och stor städer. Från Gujarat i väster till Bihar i öster.
Cattle Nomads Of The Indian Desert
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Price: Free! Words: 37,470. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
About nomads in Rajasthan who have grazed cattle on a large scale since early history. With a pastoral culture from the west in Asia, that partly differed from the culture of the settled Hindus of the Indian subcontinent. Tan Dan's forefathers were a part of that nomadic culture, to which also ox caravan traders belonged and small groups with other professions.