Lessons taught and learnt
“The greatness of Karoor’s tales lies in his inherent discipline,” says litterateur M.T. Vasudevan Nair about the writings of the late author and academician Karoor Neelakanta Pillai’s life as a school teacher.
Onnam Vadhyar: Karoorinte Adhyapaka Kathakal – Karoor Neelakanta Pillai
Into the mind
This autobiography of a hypnotist travels into the labyrinthine recesses of the human mind and, in the process, reflects on the psyche of Malayali society, culture and ethos.
Oru Hypnotistinte Anubhavangal – Johnson Eyeroor
Life in exile
A novel based on recent police reports of the increasing presence of ‘Maoists’ in Kerala. It’s a fictional account of the author and political activist’s time in hiding after being branded as a ‘Maoist’ by security forces.
Maoist – Rupesh
This novel is the story of Upalendu Chatterjee, a scientist, who, along with 12 people from different walks of life, has been living by themselves on an island off the coast of Sri Lanka, with no contact with the outside world for the past 25 years.
Alpha – T.D. Ramakrishnan
‘Kabuliwala’, ‘Postmaster’, ‘Bhikshakari’, ‘Sthreedhanam’, ‘Avasana Ratri’, ‘Athirthi’, ‘Samoohathinte Ira’… Rabindranath Tagore’s stories have always had a special place in the Malayali's cultural space, be it in theatre, cinema or the small screen. A compilation of Tagore’s short stories.
Tagore Kathakal Sampoornam– translated by K.C. Ajayakumar
On political lines
Unrestrained reflections on the ‘untoward’ changes in politics. The once vociferous political activist and poet who believes that poetry is the purest form of literary expression, bares his feelings on the subject.
Bhayangal – Umeshbabu K.C.
Luminaries in focus
Biographical sketches of 10 luminaries from a range of fields, from social activism to medicine, who have made an impact on our culture and society. Those mentioned in the book are K. Kelappan, Itty Achuthan, Arattupuzha Velayudhapanikkar, Moorkoth Kumaran, Kumara Guru, Nidheerickal Mani Kathanar, Vakkom Moulavi, Thycattu Ayya Swamikal, Manjeri Ramaiyyar, and Vaikunta Swamikal.
Anayatha Deepangal – Velayudhan Panikkassery
Of time and place
An exhaustive study on the aspects of time and place in Malayalam short stories; a reference book for undergraduate and postgraduate students and teachers of literature.
Stalam, Kalam, Cherukatha – Soman Nellivila
For copies: DC Books
Ten Christmas tales from across the world, such as ‘Santa Claus’, ‘Unniyeshuvinte Punchiri’ and ‘Christmas Rose’, accompanied by illustrations by Sunilkumar M.T., K.P. Muraleedharan and Jayendran.
Jingle Bells – Kuttikalkulla Christmas Kathakal
What has eyes but can’t see? A coconut! What comprises 32 white bulls in one shed? Teeth! Here are a collection of Malayalam’s favourite riddles, classified into 15 sections.
Nammude Kadankathakal – Compiled by Manoharan Kuzhimattam
For copies: Mambazham Books
Keywords: Malayalam literature