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Malayalam Shortstory Today: Part 2

The pessimistic and cynical Modernist vision however was challenged in the 1970 s by a group of politically conscious writers that included Anand, M. Sukumaran, Pattathuvila Karunakaran, U.P. Jayaraj, P. K. Nanu, C.R. Parameswaran...

The Storyteller’s Dilemma

It had been a terrible month. Zubi had been under the influence of the seasonal flu for a fortnight now. Hir couldn’t possibly leave her while she was recuperating. They had met in Sawai...

Invisible Cloth

Human life is an intimate reflection of the cycles of nature, universal, perennial and all-pervasive. Of greatest significance to us are the sun and moon in their fixed paths across the sky, linked to...

Malayalam Poetry Today: Part 3

Bengal with its radical manipulation of archetypes, its mixing of the dramatic and narrative modes, its quick rhythms and refrains that capture the panic of the blind king and its interweaving of the history...

Malayalam Poetry Today: Part 2

The modernists of the 60s had almost all been born in the villages and moved to towns and cities in search of a livelihood. The gradual deadening of progressive sensibilities, the dogmatism of  Kerala’s...

coText

A Collaborative Note

Lately, I have been toying with the idea of coText.  What is coText, by the way? If we, letting ourselves to be self-aware post-colonists for the time being, choose to objectify the text as...

Malayalam Poetry Today: Part 1

The history of modern Malayalam poetry is a narrative of continuous innovation, gradual emancipation from the formalistic grip of traditional Sanskrit poetic practice, growing awareness of contemporary social issues and the ongoing democratization of...

Let’s Get Talking: Part 2

I let my gaze linger at him in a very decided fashion until he noticed that he was the subject of my fascination. Ten minutes down the staring contest, he smoothly pointed towards a...