The Book Club, Pune in the Time of Corona met on Sunday 17th May 2020 at 6:30pm for an online discussion on short stories:
1. Poisoned Bread by Bandhumadhav
2.The Barriers by Keshav Meshram
The discussion was led by Mukul Ahmed
These 2 stories ( taken from the anthology Homeless in my Land ) have been selected for their depiction of abject poverty, misery and the brutality of caste oppression. Their young dalit protagonists strive to aspire to some degree of fairness in the unequal world they live in.The stories also show their struggle to get educated and the limitations of what their education can help them achieve as dalits.