The Lacquered Curtain of Burma
Traversing through historical Burma, the book recounts the country's strife for independence from colonial Britain and imperial Japan, the post-independence conflicts in the country between the majority Burmese and the ethnic minorities, such as the Karens exploding in insurrection, the military coup of 1962, the stranglehold of successive military juntas, and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's courageous, yet inconclusive, efforts to bring about a decisive change.
Touching on individual lives, the novel creates cameos of Indians who migrated to Burma from then British India, and the Indians who arrived in the country with the Japanese Army and the Indian National Army. Capturing the upheaval of communities, the uprooting of families, and hard sacrifices made by those who could not emigrate, the book portrays the deprivation of peaceful livelihoods to generations of citizens and immigrants alike, forcing many to take up arms in the fight to preserve a heritage and others to restart their lives in new environments.
Concluding his higher studies in Bangalore, India, with BA (Hons.) in English Literature, Lawrence relinquished his desire to teach and embraced a more lucrative career in order to support his large family. He devoted 16 years to rural development, advocacy, and resource development, notably with Pipal Tree, producing three consecutive e-publications on climate change issues on his return to India.
Lawrence kept alive his passion for literature, philosophy, history, religion, and music, and has published short stories and articles in the Deccan Herald. This is his first full-length book.
Having stated that, I wish the people of Myanmar good fortune in resolving the ever-present conflict, and usher in the birth of a democracy free of the oppressed and the oppressor wherein painful memories can be forgotten, and an era of mutually beneficial coexistence can begin. I certainly include the ethnic people of the land in this environment and wish them an era of ease-long overdue-when they can discard their arms in pursuit f their cultural heritage without fear.
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