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"The Collector's Daughter" by S.K. Das is a moving story set in Orissa and combines fact and fiction, history and personal narratives skillfully. Through its well sketched characters, the book is set against the backdrop of the 1866 famine that killed a third of Odisha's population. The famine was so severe that women sold their children, men ate each other and bodies had to be dragged stark naked from the towns to lie by the roadside. There was an acute scarcity of food and most people were ...more