Pallikondapuram

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Indian Writing, 2007 - Tamil fiction - 239 pages
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Neela Padmanabhan is a prolific writer in both Tamil and Malayalam.He has no less than eleven novels, six short story collections, a volumeof poems and a collection of essays to his credit.Through the life of Anantan Nair the humble hero of this novel weexperience the tragedy of the ancient regime of princely India andtraditional Kerala society, caught in a whirl of vulgar modernisation. Asthe rigid hierarchical social order of the Nairs, with the easy virtues oftheir matriarchal tribalism and the slow pace of an ambitionless lifecrumbles, Anantan Nair finds himself questioning his life s worth as ahusband, father and man.In this beautiful novel, Neela Padmanabhan has captured the soul ofTrivandrum and laid it bare for us to see.

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