#12/1 , 16th cross 7th main, ramaswamy layout , lakkasandra
The author discusses social and economic conditions that prevailed in late 19th-century Malenadu. The story revolves around characters of the then-prevailing feudal system—Heggades/Gowdas (the landlords) and their serfs belonging to different castes at multiple locations with interlinking characters and their stories.
The novel is acclaimed and very popular among Kannada readers and is often prescribed as one of the “must-reads” novels of the Kannada language. It portrays the love between the protagonists, the risks they dare to take. It revolves around the social situations that prevailed in the Malenadu region around the end of the 19th century. The novel also depicts as to how Malnad Region opened itself to the newer social changes such as the advent of English education, conversion by Christian missionaries, the introduction of new age elements like bicycles. An analogy can be drawn between the bride who is about to enter into a marriage, and the Malnad of the 19th century exposed to newer social forces.