In this paper, I present Two Leaves and a Bud as a novel on social exploitation, full of violence and bitterness. It describes the hazardous life of Gangu, an indentured labourer, in an Assam Tea Garden owned by a British man. The theme is bitterness, violence and exploitation which makes our blood boil about the injustice done to the poor coolies. Anand’s writing is full of hate and disgust. The angry young man in Anand is more apparent than the artist. The gift of Mulk Raj Anand’s imagination and his gentle and humane sympathy for his subject adds a new dimension in sensitivity to contemporary literature.
Keywords: Exploitation, indentured, pessimistic, underdog, villain