Neela Padmanabhan is a prolific writer in both Tamil and Malayalam, with eleven novels, six short story collections, a volume of poems and a collection of essays to his credit.
Through the life of Anantan Nair - the humble hero of this novel - we experience the tragedy of the ancient regime of princely India and traditional Kerala society, caught in a whirl of vulgar modernisation. As the rigid hierarchical social order of the Nairs, with the easy virtues of their matriarchal tribalism and the slow pace of an ambitionless life crumbles, Anantan Nair finds himself questioning his life's worth as a husband, father and man.
In this beautiful novel, Neela Padmanabhan has captured the soul of Trivandrum and laid it bare for us to see.
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