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The Coffer Dams

Author(s): Kamala Markandaya

Location(s): South India

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s

Location

Content

Clinton, founder and head of a firm of international engineers,arrives in India to build a dam, bringing with him his young wife,

Helen, and a strong team of aides and skilled men. They are faced with a formidable challenge, which involves working in daunting mountain and jungle terrain, within a time schedule dictated by the extreme tropical weather. Setbacks occur which bring into focus fundamental differences in the attitudes to life and death of the British bosses and the Indian workers. A timely reminder of the British contempt for Indian lives and for nature.

Check out this piece by Markandaya’s daughter on the publisher’s website : https://www.hoperoadpublishing.com/the-coffer-dams-blog

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