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Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Vishnu H 's review May 21, Verukal Roots by Malayattoor helped reinforce one of my convictions :- That there are infinitely talented authors amongst the regional language authors in India who simply go unnoticed because they are unaccessible to a wider audience; Ever the more reason for these gems to be translated to English and other languages.
Malayattoor Ramakrishnan had previously surprised me with his blessed writing through Yakshi, a psychological thriller. Malayattoor penned Verukal in and it is evident that he draws heavily from his life as an IAS officer. The novel is set in the conditions in which he grew up, a Tamil Iyer family. The initial mood the novel set for me was one of discomfort with the characters speaking in Tamil. But soon I started to love the conversations in the novel and by the end of the book I was completely in love with the character and his family mileu.
Verukal won Malayattoor the Kerala Sahithya Academy award in which anyone who reads the book will immediately attest to be a well deserved accolade. Verukal is the story of Raghu, an ambitious IAS officer and his family. Raghu is married to Geetha, a shrewish, modern and domineering woman.
Raghu decides to build a new house which Geetha finds too small for her taste. She coxes Raghu into selling his ancestral property on the banks of Periyar, which would fetch him enough money to build a sq. This is where Verukal enters its theme. Raghu writes a letter to his elder sister Ammulu, saying he has decided to sell the ancestral property and asks her to make the necessary arrangements and sets off to his native village to seal the deal. How Raghu reached such a decision makes up the story of this novel.
I am sure it would ring a bell with everyone and bring back memories of that special person and what not! Verukal also has deeply disturbing side plots. The part where Ramu, infected with Rabies, dies is particularly disturbing. So is the portion where Kitchamani ends up killing his guard. When Malayattoor was desribing the scenes, I could not help but see the image in my mind. Verukal is an invitation to a journey. It is also a reminder of many things that is amiss in our contemporary lifestyle.
Verukal is a brilliant portrayal of seemingly simple lives which are complex when observed carefully. Some of the characters which appear to be negative in shade turn out to be victims of their times and we end up sympathizing and often loving them. Some of the characters stand out and make us acknowledge their presence. Laksmi, the pampered last child of the family, also has her moments.
Verukal was translated into English in the name Roots and hence is available to the non-malayali audience also. Verukal is not a story that will just entertain you, it is brilliance held captive in letters that will make you think. It is a wonderful analysis of the human mind. Reading Progress. Add a reference: Book Author.
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Verukal English: Roots is a Malayalam semi-autobiographical novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan in It is widely credited as one of his best works. Verukal tells the story of a family of Tamil speaking Iyers who settled in Kerala. Raghu is the protagonist of the story. The pivotal event on which the novel turns is the return of Raghu to his native village after a lapse of several years, to raise money to build a city mansion for himself by selling his ancestral home. He sets about this reluctantly, under pressure from his shrewish and domineering wife. In the village, as he meets his sisters and others among whom he grew up, a flood of memories overwhelms him, and he abruptly changes his mind about selling the property.
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