The Hungry Cow

The Hungry Cow  (Paperback, Sandeep Kumar Rana)

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9789387280748
  • Edition: first, 2020
  • Pages: 116
Eleven-year-old Raju wants to be a veterinary doctor, because in every cow he sees his Gaura maan, the cow his father Gopala has reared. When he sees any cow limping/bleeding, he feels that it is Gaura maan who is hurt, so he aspires to treat them all. Alas, the good work has to begin early and at home. When Gaura maan begins to yield less milk, Gopala maltreats her - no feed, no vaccines. Gaura maan's condition worsens when she feeds herself from stinking garbage bins. Raju discusses her plight with his friend Qasim and decides to transport her to a cowshed. But that’s easier said than done. Gopala doesn’t allow this transport, Qasim can’t help him being Qasim, Gaura maan refuses to leave him and he himself gets cold feet realising that separation from his Gaura maan is imminent!The story is underpinned by Sandeep Kumar Rana’s preoccupation with the themes of empathy for all and interfaith harmony. Eminent theater teacher Barry John is all praise for The Hungry Cow and says that “It's a relief to enter a world that is not full of rape, murder, drugs, and violence. The central issues around the cow as a mother but also as a neglected, abused and starved symbol of animosity between the two main communities are real, contemporary and serious.”This book makes a great gift for Young Adult readers who couldn't put down The Jungle Book and/or Malgudi Days.
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Book Details
Publication Year
  • 2020
Author Info
  • An English Literature graduate from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, Sandeep Kumar Rana is a screenwriter-director whose films deal primarily with the themes of empathy and interfaith harmony. Trained as a film editor at IGNOU and BVB, he has worked at ET Now (the Times of India Group). The first film he wrote, Yaad Rakhenge Aap (2005), is listed in the Limca Book of Records for its experimental nature. Inspired by the Sachar Committee report, Rana’s Auzaar (2016) has been screened at the prestigious Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinefest, etc. His next, San 84 Justice?, set against the backdrop of the 1984 Sikh massacre in Delhi, is ready for release.
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