The influential media
It is a study of the mainstream media’s influence on Malayalis and life in Kerala. The author, a journalist and academician, says that the media plays an important role in the politics and social life of every Malayali, to the extent that the state of affairs can be called ‘media life’.
Vipareethangal – Shaji Jacob, Rs. 170
For copies contact: Paridhi Publications, Thiruvananthapuram; Phone: 0471-2339334
Life of a legend
A definitive biography of the late M.K. Joseph, former Director General of Police, Kerala. An IPS officer of the 1954 batch, Joseph was a multifaceted individual, who left his mark on the sports, culture and theatre scene in Kerala and in journalism too. Joseph was known for his compassionate nature. He was the man behind improved service conditions for police personnel, especially welfare measures. It is written by the author on the basis of personal interviews with Joseph and many of his compatriots, and includes many photographs from Joseph’s personal collection.
M.K. Joseph – Eniyennu EnganeYoral – Dr. Ezhumattoor Rajarajavarma
For copies contact: Current Books, Kottayam
All about the Haj
The Haj is a religious duty that must be carried out at least once by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. Here is a complete guide to the Haj that explains its history, the significance of its rituals and its prayers. There are also extensive travel notes.
Haj Margadarshi – M.S.A. Razak, Rs: 125
A peek into history
It is a compilation of authoritative research and findings on the ancient history of India, with special references to the history of Kerala. It traces the birth of civilisation and its repercussions on the rest of India and the world.
Chaitrathinte Ativerukal – Velayudhan Panikkassery, Rs. 95
Part of the ‘Manasastra Granthavali’ (psychology) series of the publisher, this book is a light-hearted look at the emotion called love. It explains how to identify the emotion and how to make love the highlight of daily life.
Manasum Snehavum – Samji Vadakkedam, Rs. 75
For copies contact: DC Books, Kottayam. Phone: 0481 2563114
Thoughts on turmoil
Select essays from the author’s fortnightly column in Samakalika Malayalam weekly. Most of the essays are observations of contemporary life in West Asia, especially the political upheavals related to the Arab Spring.
Rithuppiraviyude Ilayum Poovum – Musafir
For copies contact: Voice Books, Manjeri. Phone: 9447535488