a ten-year-old boy, is caught in the vicious cycle of poverty and prejudice. He
lives in Varambiam, an obscure village in southern Tamil Nadu, India, subjected
to caste distinctions and tending to the everyday chores of the village
Zamindar. The village chief however, has now lost all his
wealth and faded into oblivion.
Bala, the ten-year-old grandson of the
patriarch, visits the village house to escape the squalid ghetto and travails
of daily living faced by his family in the
big city, Chennai.
Bala finds a friend in Veeran, in Sevapan the family steer
who is deaf, in Tiger
– the dog who is the stolid guardian of the family, and in Joseph – the railway
gatekeeper with his utopian socialist leanings. Bala silently witnesses the
consequences of his family’s hubristic past and the state of ignominy the
village head is pushed into. The boys of Varambiam share important life lessons
and make a secret wish.
Bala, now a grown man, has moved to Mumbai with his
Will he ever meet with Veeran again? Will their secret wish come true?
“Venkat Rajan paints a colorful vignette in ‘The Mud Elephant’. A
distinct Indian coloring at it. The tone is humorous, detached and ironic.
Rajan as a raconteur, actually unfolds a Dickensian narrative, providing a
social context and an amazing feel for his characters.”
Venkat Rajan spent his childhood in Chennai and has now made
Mumbai his home. He has travelled to over twenty five countries to conduct business in Information Technology,
Energy, Research and Development, and mergers and acquisitions. He owns a management consulting
company in Mumbai and also in Europe. He believes that human narratives should be told in the context
of their complete environment. His personal preferences include the works of filmmakers, Satyajit Ray,Shyam
Benegal, and Balu Mahendra. Venkat Rajan hopes that one day market forces will create a platform for all,including
the underprivileged, to perform and grow.