Christopher Pai of Kalyanpura hails from a Bamonn family and
takes great pride in his ancestry. He believes in the stories about his
Konkani Roman Catholic ancestors from his elders and about their
being true Christians, holding on to their faith despite tremendous
pressure to convert to Islam during Tipu Sultan's regime. He also
believes Bamonns are superior to other Christians in the community.
After retiring from his job of a Headmaster, he refuels his obsession
to retrace his roots and find out the truth about his ancestors. In his
journey of self-assurance and faith, will he succeed in his mission to
convince his family, his children and the community at large of his
glorious ancestry and instill pride in the next generation? ...
True, the lives of the people of other Christian communities
have been well described and elaborated in Kannada Literature.
Whereas, there is a lot of shrouded mystery, ignorance about
Konkani Christians and, at the same time, there is a tremendous
curiosity regarding the lifestyle, culture and social customs of this
minority that follows the Roman Catholic faith.
The purpose of writing this book is to reveal the faith, belief and
the way of life of the Roman Catholics. I assert the idea that this
small community must expose itself to light, invite true unbiased
criticism and must subject itself to self-evaluation. When this
shrouded mystery is cleared, they would become more exposed
and more self-reliant.
I have written a few articles and many small stories keeping the above ideology in my mind.
Now, I present this novel Bamonn to the readers.
I have seen many a person like Christopher Pai, the hero of this
novel, in every community. The sense of high birth and their
belief in high birth have kept such persons apart from the crowd.
I have observed such people in Christian community of my native
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