Childhood in Malabar: A Memoir

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Penguin Group India, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 217 pages
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It Is The Second World War And Kamala And Her Brother Are Removed From Their Parents Home In Calcutta To The Safer Environs Of Their Village In Northern Kerala.

At Once An Outsider And An Integral Part Of Her Ancestral Home, Kamala Struggles To Fathom The Intricacies Of Class, Caste And Language. But Surrounded By People Like Her Adoring Ammamma, The Servant Sankaran Who Promises To Teach Her The Crow-Language, And Valli Who Tells Her Stories Of Yakshis Whose Breasts Are As Big As Jackfruits, Kamala Soon Discovers The Joys Of Growing Up As The Centre Of Everyone S Universe.

As Calcutta Fades From Her Mind Like An Old Dream, While The Thudding Of The Drums At The Para Festival, The Roar Of The Velichappadu As He Becomes Possessed And The Songs Of The Parayankaali Dancers Become Absolute Realities Of Life.

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User Review  - Sreelekha Menon - Goodreads

"Balyakalasmaranakal"-A memoir par excellence.A must read for all people who can enjoy malayalam literature.Out of curiosity I picked up this translation by Gita Krishnankutty from a secondhand book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zainab - Goodreads

I expected to really enjoy this book, as I'd enjoyed Das's 'My Story' and 'Diddi' about another literary childhood. But this English translation is chockfull of Malayali words and expressions and I ... Read full review

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