Those who have read R.K.Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ or Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnights Children’ are not easily taken in by another work of the same genre and that too by an unknown Krishna Kumar. However authors write from their perspective, each in a unique style, introducing new twists and turns to familiar plots. It’s a different canvas, save for the uninteresting arithmetic progression of years after 30s and 50s—predictably happening in the 70s. And for good measure, I’ve cited Arundathi Roy’s God of small things to reflect upon the changing mores and outlook among ethnic Keralites. Read an excerpt from the book to fire your imagination:-
Ayemenam became known the world over only after Arundathi Roy’s book. But, the fame and name of Moncombu has a history of more than two centuries, thanks to her many illustrious sons. Ayemenam, now a part of Kottayam town, perches itself on waterfront and seemingly has lost no time forgetting the past in its pursuit of new-found aspirations. Moncombu, an island locked in history, is trying to stride up with the times in vain. Ayemenam is the heartland of Christian way of life— Syrian Christian families, the descendents of those whom apostle St.Thomas himself converted. Moncombu, on the other hand, is the cradle of Hindu feudalism and is the seat of one of the earliest known Brahmin (both native and immigrant) settlements in Kerala. Meenachil runs barely knee-deep during summer. Pambaa flows lazy at times, but is navigable all through the year. Tourism usurped Ayemenam and the wetlands and toddy shops have become way stations in an amusement park. Rice farming and toddy shops continue to be the only viable enterprise in Moncombu. A good majority of the youth of Ayemenam flew to the Gulf in pursuit of their dreams and returned with cash and gold. The young ones of Moncombu too sought greener pastures all over the world without ever looking back and the majority that remained was reduced to penury. Ayemenam traps commerce through restoration of its heritage. Moncombu grazes on its green. Moncombu is blotting out artifacts … snoooozzzzzz …
The pre-press services of FOLIO Publishers puts a stamp of quality on the published novel. It is much simpler to give away the sub-plots, people, places and organisations making up the story than to wrap up this novel in say, 200 words.
Sub-plots : Career at cross-roads, celebrating festivals and rites of pilgrimage, madness of ragging, petty issues of big family, state of education, torment of bringing up and wonder years of growing up.
People : Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalaam, Bhaagyalaxmi, Mrs.Gopal Raman, Jyothi, Mrs.Kapoor, Mr.Lawrence, Muhammed Ali, Raamanna, Sushmita Sen, Thomas John, Zeeshan.
Places : Changanasseri, Cleveland, Bangalore, Delhi, Kuwait, Madurai, Moncombu, Thiruvananthapuram.
Organisations : College of Engineering-Trivandrum, DAV School, Dr.Reddys, ECIL, Gajendra Institute of Technology, IIT, IBM, Kendriya Vidyalaya, KELTRON, Mar Ivanios college, NIT, Trivandrum Medical college.
What are you waiting for? Maybe the e-brochure will help make up your mind. Happy scene spotting within the pages of ‘God, Farmer and the Spellbound Pambaa.’