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  • Location: India

The Fertile Earth

The Fertile Earth

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1969: A  story of love and resistance about two young people born across social lines, set against a tumultuous political landscape in India.

  • ISBN: 978-0861546541
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

In a remote field in Irumi, a tiny village nestled deep within the ghats and jungles of Telangana, a small boy witnesses a shocking act of vengeance.

A decade earlier, Vijaya and Sree, daughters of the landowning Deshmukh family, set out with the Krishna and Ranga, the sons of one of their parents’ servants, determined to track down a tiger rumoured to be circling Irumi. The consequences of this terrible day will explode through each of their young lives, sending them scattering for different corners of India.

When Krishna and Vijaya find one another again, they are as changed as the country they call home. Both are pulled inexorably back to the place that shaped them, a place that is no longer safe…

Travel Guide



Irumi in the novel is a fictional village in the Telengana region of India

This is a story that looks at the caste systems in Italy.

Throughout history, the caste system in India has determined your status and fortune. The two people in the novel can’t socialise, let alone fall in love. The main part of the action is set in the region of Telengana but there are other places our story takes our leads so setting and distance certainly have a role to play in the novel.

The story is also a sneak peak into the period that was rife with zamidars . men of power who would congtrol their suhjects with an iron fist. The history also looks at the birth of  Naxalism.


BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Fertile Earth

Destination/location: India, Telengana  Author/guide:  Ruthvika Rao  Departure Time: 1969

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