This novel The
Coffee Track is based on the researches into the authors own ‘roots’, based on
a few leads that extended back about 150 years. This novel was first published
by Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., USA and this is the re-edited
The narrative is
about an orthodox Brahmin family that originated from a place where coffee is
grown on mountain slopes. Although deeply rooted in tradition and Vedic
culture, this family is swept by the historical and social changes that were
inevitable with the passage of time. The old traditions undergo modifications,
adopt new values and expand the meaning of old values with each generation.
reconstructs the old Vedic times and culture in a rural set up, typically
Indian, with its predominant caste system with little scope for rationalism.
Professions get segregated along with castes and philosophy alone gets
documented as knowledge and interestingly science is practised by the
illiterates. A parallel is drawn between the progress of science in the west
and the prevalence of superstitions in India of that period.
A tragic epidemic uproots the family from its
original village and brings them to the urban surroundings. Encompassing five
generations, the novel traces the impact of Vedic culture, British education,
freedom struggle of Gandhi and the migration of post independent youth to the
west. The family absorbs and adapts to the social changes and manages to retain
the cherished family values that are both humane and universal.
None can remain
untouched by history and progressive social changes. This novel traces the
change from theism to rationalism, from philosophy to science, from east to
west and from rigid caste systems to a more rational society.
Dr. K. N.
Guruprasad works as a professor of biological sciences in the University of
Indore. Besides being a professional researcher in science, he has interest in
creative writing and has authored two books of fiction. His second book - ‘Days
Unforgettable’ is also published by Notion Press.