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Indentured!: A Labourer's Journey
Indentured! A Labourer's Journey is a story that begins in 1883 on the deck of a British indenture ship carrying labourers from India to South Africa. The protagonist, Amir Sing is a young Indian man from the northern region of British India, who becomes an indentured labourer destined for the cane fields of Natal, South Africa. The storyline of the novel follows his journ ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 24th 2016 by Tamarind Tree Books Inc.
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I found reading Dr.Vici Bismilla's book, Indenture: a Labourer's Journey, most enjoyable and educational, as I did her earlier book, Forbidden/Verboten. Being from Durban, South Africa, I felt very nostalgic reading about some of the places that Vici describes, such as Avoca, Red Hill, Inanda and Phoenix which I use to visit with my parents as a child. Vici's graphic descriptions of the sugar fields, the verdant vegetation, hills and valleys through which rivers meandered brought vivid memories ...more
This historical/biographical/ saga-type narrative made me wonder from page one. I love the description of the journey from the British Raj to South Africa. I have to accept it that it is an unknown world for me. I find it very interesting the use of the Indian words and the dialogues between Amir and Purat. Her detailed description of labourers makes me realise that V. Bismilla' ancestors either lived and worked in the sugarcane fields themselves or she she has an amazing skill to describe the ...more