Sunday, October 7, 2012

Imanofutu

Imanofutu - a work in progress novel


Imanofutu: Acronym for imaginary nation of future

This novel would depict the struggles of the people of Imanofutu - an imaginary island nation- to save their country from the impending terminal disaster triggered by global warming and related issues. Plans to release the novel with an open license (Scheduled release: March 2013)


Read below the fist draft of the fist chapter...



1 IMANOFUTU

Imanofutu, an imaginary island nation, is situated somewhere on the planet Earth. It has a total land area of 955,439 square kilometres. Before the second decade of twenty first century the climate was subtropical with relatively low humidity. Now nobody knows the climate category as it keeps on changing. Once upon a time the rainy season of Imanofutu was from May to November. Now they pray to God for at least a week’s rain in a year. 

The terrain of Imanofutu is an almost equal mixture of long stretches of hilly to rugged and level lands. In the beginning of sixteenth century more than fifty percent of the total land area was covered by dense forests, around thirty percent by lakes and the human domicile was limited to less than ten percent of the terrain. Imanofutu was very famous for its numerous freshwater lakes. The valleys and plane lands of Imanofutu were rich with tangerines, litchi, pomegranate, avocado and banana groves. Grain crops such as rice and millet, oil-yielding crops like soybean are the present predominant cash crops of Imanofutu.

Early inhabitants of Imanofutu were mostly forest nomads. During seventeen century A.D a lot of peoples from surrounding countries have migrated to Imanofutu. Therefore the main feature of Imanofutu's population is the diversity of their ethnic origins. 

Now in the last decade of twenty first century Imanofutians face many challenges, by way of global warming as well as population explosion. Most of the forest as well as agricultural lands have been replaced by industrial houses, resorts, hotels and other establishments. Most of the rivers in Imanofutu had disappeared by mid twenty first century. The country faces severe shortage of water for drinking and irrigation purposes. Now drinking water is the most costly commodity in Imanofutu.  Their romantically beautiful cities are now identified by slums where people live in the most pitiable circumstances. 

A lot of their arterial roads are no more commutable as people left their vehicles on road when petrol and diesel supplies were stopped in most parts of the country. Abandoned vehicles are now home for homeless poor as well as stray animals. The people of Imanofutu who were once admired a lot for their simplicity, perseverance and peaceful ways of living are now being criticised by everyone for their irrational behaviours. Street riots are a regular scene. Most riots are for water and food. The political as well as social environments of the country are highly tense. Imanofutu is at the verge of a terminal disaster. 

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