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Book review: Autumn showers by Lata Vishwanathan

The beauty of the ancestorial movement of knowledge in a world where information rules everyone. The book ‘Autumn showers’ takes every reader on a particular journey both mentally and emotionally, and readers might end up calling their grandparents with curious questions about their life. 

The book very thoroughly moves ahead by analysing the letters written by the author’s grandparent to the government. More than a decade after his death, she delves deep into the notes he left behind and unravels a fascinating saga of her agriculturist family in her ancestral village in the southern state of Karnataka.
In an evocative narrative that spans over a century, the author takes the readers on a journey to her ancestral land and depicts her grandfather s life through the various anecdotes she has collected over time. A dedicated farmer, he passionately fought for farmers rights till the end of his life. Part memoir, part history and part reportage bordering on fiction, Autumn Showers narrates the dynamic tale of the quintessential Indian society woven closely around agriculture and details the challenges agriculture today faces in India and the world.

The book reflects the reality of the current generation shifting from rural India to urban places. Still, the elders keep their roots alive by narrating the beautiful tales of the rustic side, especially of cultivation. The author’s family belongs to a village in the southern state of Karnataka. The beauty of the statue is reflecting throughout the book.
This book highlights the challenges and emotional turmoil of a person who has been closely related to this sector over a long time. The language used is lucid. The narration of the book is kept straightforward, making it a comfortable read for all.

The book reflects the life of an ordinary man, or should I say a person struggling his entire life only to achieve the sweet release of death? Highly pessimistic, right? It is also a reflection of how the politics of a country affects its citizens. 

One good part of the book is how a reader not from the southern part of India or not even from India could find themselves feeling at “home”. Even with soo many cultures on this planet, the author makes every reader feel like India is their outer calling for a better home.  

Leaving all aside, it is a beautiful portrayal of a relationship developed between the author and the grandparent a decade after his passing away. It makes one think about making the best of the people at the moment. Literature has the unknown power to develop and bond people on long distances, even in this scenario. To be feeling close to your native place, even being this far? Fascinating. 


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