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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Branded by Laxman Gaikwad. Considered a masterpiece in Marathi literature, his novel for the first time brings to the world of literature the trials and tribulations of his tribe, Uchalya, literally the pilferers, a term coined by the British who classified the tribe as a criminal tribe.
This book also brings in the problems faced by the Dalits in India. Get A Copy. Published September 1st by Sahitya Akademi first published More Details Original Title. Sahitya Akademi Award. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Branded , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Branded Uchalya. Aug 25, Jaideep Khanduja rated it really liked it. Uchalya is an autobiographical novel that carries the memories of Laxman Gaikwad right from his childhood till he became an adult. People belonging to Uchalya lived in their own world with their own systems.
Their major trade was looting and theft. They had their own internal groups divided and a newborn kid was handed over or sold to one of these groups to groom as a perfect thief. They had literally no living standards.
Laxman remembers his childhood days in this book as carrying a small piece of cloth that he used as his bed on bare land. Nearby cattle urinating in the night used to flow the liquid to this cloth being used as bed. And that was only a relief point for those kids during the winter season. They had no cemented building or roads. They used to move from one place to another for land, food, trade, small kind of jobs etc. The tribe often used to get visits of police in search of stolen gold, and other valuable items.
Laxman was the only child in tribe who got admitted in a school nearby. He remembers his embarrassing days there when he was the only child in the class from a low caste or tribe and rest of the students used to make fun of him.
Not only in school but the same happened to him within his tribe also where his family was scolded to break this trend of years of not sending any child to school. There was no regular washing of clothes in this tribe. Their clothes were used to be washed once in many months only when they used to get a chance to go near a river. Otherwise Laxman used to put his piece of cloth that he used to sleep on, on the roof of his hut everyday morning after waking up. This tribe had no cleaning mechanism or structured homes.
Their open space was utilized for multiple tasks at the same time. On one hand where some people used to cook food, on the other hand the same space was used for wasteful activities.
Mar 25, Lit Bug rated it really liked it. A harrowing autobiography detailing the author's trials as he is born in a caste branded as a thieving caste - a tribe who sustained themselves by theft - true to quite an extent - but Shri Gaikwad wanted a better life. But the staggering force of a rigid society wouldn't let him do it - social pressures from his own community, the desperate need for a bread-winner, the author's quiet desperation to escape the depressing life and lead a better one far from the oppressions of upper-castes - these A harrowing autobiography detailing the author's trials as he is born in a caste branded as a thieving caste - a tribe who sustained themselves by theft - true to quite an extent - but Shri Gaikwad wanted a better life.
But the staggering force of a rigid society wouldn't let him do it - social pressures from his own community, the desperate need for a bread-winner, the author's quiet desperation to escape the depressing life and lead a better one far from the oppressions of upper-castes - these make us re-evaluate the grand narrative of the kind, multi-cultural, peaceful India that is often showcased.
A wonderful read. Nov 09, Vanessa rated it liked it. Laxman Gaikwad narrates his community's plight and his personal experiences being a part of the "branded" community. The autobiography translated in English from Marathi by P. Kolkarkar describe how the tribes left as an outcast on the fringes- deprived of education, dignity and freedom.
Tribal communities lost their legitimate means of livelihood. They were denied stable jobs. The only alternative left to them for survival was thieving and looting. The book speaks about the social standing of Laxman Gaikwad narrates his community's plight and his personal experiences being a part of the "branded" community.
The book speaks about the social standing of different communities before the independence period and the atrocities among the poor people. The only flaw is the repetition of thoughts and ideas in the translated book, which takes away from the literary quality.
The translator's note does argue that some of this may have been necessary to retain the "original flavour" of the story. Sep 30, Archies rated it liked it. Thieve tribe from british era, it's way of life. What changes made to their life after independence? Or Britishers were good?
Are these people really got any benefit after independence? This book tries to answer all these issues, cast politics, why these people relying on crime? It's a good book to study one such social issue. An eye opener to the high society. Good book and auto bio graphy well said by laxman Gaikwad. May 20, Shivangi Narayan rated it it was amazing. Badly written but a story that must be told and read. Jun 17, Arunesh. N rated it it was amazing. Gives you an experience.
A ride of your life. The best Dalit Autobiography I've ever read till date. Mar 26, Tamanjit Bindra rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , drama. The book starts off in humour and then moves into very serious issue that India still faces. With the cry for Marathwada going loud, this book seems still very significant. The welfare state that Indiaclaims to be, has had its issues. The book questions not only Police and state action and their role in stopping people from certain castes and tribes from finding their ground.
It also makes one realise how the urban folks just don't understand the significance of reservation system that had been The book starts off in humour and then moves into very serious issue that India still faces. It also makes one realise how the urban folks just don't understand the significance of reservation system that had been brought in. Jul 14, Sandeep Saroha rated it liked it. The man Laxman Gaikwad is write his biography.
Alisha29 rated it liked it Apr 25, Stuti Sagar rated it really liked it Mar 29, Vijay Jondhley rated it did not like it Jan 24, Bhavana rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Chandrasekhar Yv rated it liked it Nov 19, Prasad Pathak rated it liked it Jun 21,
Book review: Laxman Gaikwad's 'The Branded: Uchalya'
Jump to navigation. Independence could not remove the social stigma of the Uchalyas literally: pilferers. This nomadic "denotified tribe" undergoes inhuman treatment courtesy law-enforcement agencies. It clings to the thieving profession to survive.
The Branded (Uchalya)