This fiction is set in Nedumanoor, in south Kerala, an imaginary village. The time scale of the story spans from the 1930's to the next millennium with three generations in focus. Kunj, a school dropout was deeply in love with a beautiful girl, Marria. However, Marria was not smitten by him. Read how Kunj managed to marry her and from then on how Marria became a "living dowry" for his family. Several people and social factors controlled how life proceeded for Marria in that society. The story has exploitation of women, skewed romances, a wrestling match, marriage brokering, school teachers, Church pastors, and so on. All these are woven to make an interesting reading and an insight into the rural life that once existed in Kerala, the state which has the sobriquet "God's own country." Do these happen even today? It is for the readers' to judge.
- Paperback | 298 pages
- 127 x 203 x 17mm | 327g
- 04 Feb 2018
- Ebooks2go Inc
- Illustrations, black and white
About Abraham Verghese
Dr. Abraham Verghese, Ph. D, Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, London is a naturalist with special interest in insects and birds. He has published over 300 research papers in national and international journals and more than 500 popular articles as a free-lancer. His book on "Watching Insects" (available online) published in 2015 is very popular. Besides being a research scientist he has been editor for several life science journals. Dr. Verghese is a recipient of several awards like DBT commercialization award, AusAID award, Gold Medals for Master's and Ph. D, etc. He has visited 27 countries, and has guided 19 post graduates and doctoral students. As a scientist under Indian Council of agricultural Research Dr. Verghese has extensively travelled through rural India, and has been fascinated by the ordinary, yet complex life and culture that are evolving in villages. Rural life in Kerala, a south Indian state has always fascinated him. His parents hailed from rural Kerala, though he grew up in the city of Bangalore. This novel is an outcome of Dr. Verghese's social research mainly through information gathering of rural life, set in a fictitious village Nedumanoor, in south Kerala.