Theme Of Two Leaves And A Bud

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Anand’s Two Leaves and A Bud (1937) is a heart rending novel of Anand that depicts the unnerving plight of the marginalized class i.e. the poor, crushed by the capitalist forces and the colonizers. The cruel exploitation and continuous ill-treatment of thousands of poor laborers at the hands of small clique of selfish and self-satisfied British planters on a large tea-estate in Assam forms the main theme of the novel. Anand is almost blind with fury at the relentless cruelty that these Englishmen and their Indian lackeys inflict on the helpless coolies on whose sweated labor rests all their luxury. The marginalized often suffer at the hands of cruel forces in the society and have no identity of theirs. In the novel, the miserable coolies represent…show more content…
the poor. The title of the novel is suggestive and appropriate as it deals with the suffering and misery of the workers on the tea-plantation of Assam, workers who have to pluck, “two leaves and a bud” day in and day out. The novel delineates the miseries and innocence of the common working class. The innocence of the naïve working class matures into experience, to which the protagonist of this novel stands for. The theme of exploitation in this novel is part of the larger colonial experience. Commenting on the thematic atmosphere that prevails in this novel, M. K.Naik…show more content…
He has only tried to depict what the reality was in 1920s and 1930s especially is Assam. The prevailing conditions during thirties in which Anand wrote, need to be considered here. In the spring of 1932, when Anand came back to India to visit Sabarmati Ashram in order to meet Gandhi and show his draft of Untouchable, Gandhi advised Anand to go to people before taking writing as a career. Following the advice, Anand visited many parts of India like the Kangra valley where he had spent some years during his childhood. Later, he visited Assam tea garden also. During this visit, he must have witnessed the horrible conditions of laborers in tea estates. What he had seen was reflected in his novel Two Leaves and a Bud. Since the novel brought the barbarities of the British colonialists in treating the coolies at the plantation estates and the exploitation of the coolies, it created controversy. Amrik Singh in his recent book gives an account of events leading to this controversy. The leading organization of tea planters in Assam was politically influential. Though Anand was able to effectively rebut their criticism of his work for being anti-British, particularly with the help of official documents (the Whitley Report on Assam tea gardens and the rest), the tea planters managed to have that particular novel in Assam. Such a step generally makes the book even more popular and
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