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Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. A must-read book for anybody who knows Malayalam. I kid you not! Still makes me grin after all these years. May 21, Vishnu H rated it it was amazing.
Verukal Roots by Malayattoor helped reinforce one of my convictions :- That there are infinitely talented authors amongst the regional language authors in India who simply go unnoticed because they are unaccessible to a wider audience; Ever the more reason for these gems to be translated to English and other languages.
Malayattoor Ramakrishnan Verukal Roots by Malayattoor helped reinforce one of my convictions :- That there are infinitely talented authors amongst the regional language authors in India who simply go unnoticed because they are unaccessible to a wider audience; Ever the more reason for these gems to be translated to English and other languages.
Malayattoor Ramakrishnan had previously surprised me with his blessed writing through Yakshi, a psychological thriller. Malayattoor penned Verukal in and it is evident that he draws heavily from his life as an IAS officer. The novel is set in the conditions in which he grew up, a Tamil Iyer family.
The initial mood the novel set for me was one of discomfort with the characters speaking in Tamil. But soon I started to love the conversations in the novel and by the end of the book I was completely in love with the character and his family mileu. Verukal won Malayattoor the Kerala Sahithya Academy award in which anyone who reads the book will immediately attest to be a well deserved accolade.
Verukal is the story of Raghu, an ambitious IAS officer and his family. Raghu is married to Geetha, a shrewish, modern and domineering woman. Raghu decides to build a new house which Geetha finds too small for her taste. She coxes Raghu into selling his ancestral property on the banks of Periyar, which would fetch him enough money to build a sq. This is where Verukal enters its theme. Raghu writes a letter to his elder sister Ammulu, saying he has decided to sell the ancestral property and asks her to make the necessary arrangements and sets off to his native village to seal the deal.
How Raghu reached such a decision makes up the story of this novel. I am sure it would ring a bell with everyone and bring back memories of that special person and what not! Verukal also has deeply disturbing side plots. The part where Ramu, infected with Rabies, dies is particularly disturbing. So is the portion where Kitchamani ends up killing his guard. When Malayattoor was desribing the scenes, I could not help but see the image in my mind.
Verukal is an invitation to a journey. It is also a reminder of many things that is amiss in our contemporary lifestyle. Verukal is a brilliant portrayal of seemingly simple lives which are complex when observed carefully. Some of the characters which appear to be negative in shade turn out to be victims of their times and we end up sympathizing and often loving them.
Some of the characters stand out and make us acknowledge their presence. Laksmi, the pampered last child of the family, also has her moments. Verukal was translated into English in the name Roots and hence is available to the non-malayali audience also. Verukal is not a story that will just entertain you, it is brilliance held captive in letters that will make you think.
It is a wonderful analysis of the human mind. Aug 03, Hiran Venugopalan rated it it was amazing Shelves: lib-home. A simple book, that talks about the value of relations. A must read Malayalam novel! Aug 14, Akshay Parakkote rated it really liked it.
One of the greatest novel in Malayalam which make the so called modern busy human beings understand the values of family relationships and blood lines Mar 17, Rameez Rahman rated it really liked it Shelves: malayalam. Excellent narration characterized particularly by a seamless blending of the past and the present. I'm sure the author has put in semi-autobiographical elements into the story - its all so real. A must read. Feb 05, Josh Mathew rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I have a notion that why we are learning Malayalam and what is there in a family property if any way it doesn't have a need in this current times of life as far as personal economic growth. Raghu, just show me how important our roots are. We just live here because of the emotion we have to one or other subjects, else we would have committed suicide long before, as I discussed once with my friend, for some people its comfort, some it's travel other its God and there enforced laws.
It's with these I have a notion that why we are learning Malayalam and what is there in a family property if any way it doesn't have a need in this current times of life as far as personal economic growth. It's with these pushes, people live this life, if they just think what I get from this, they are a gone case.
So with these roots, we just connect our life and live in this world. The memories which bind us when we go to someplace, that's what its important for, not just the place. Even if the place is not so beautiful if the emotion we connect to that place is sweet the place becomes a Paradise.
Sometimes we connect with a music or smell to that place. Everything just flashes in my mind when I went with Raghu to his village especially the intuition happens to him on the night of his father death.
Its is a wonderful piece of work by malayatoor, Which force us to look through our roots rather than his. The hardest part in life is to take the simple and correct decision. It's always easy to take the other part. Raghu, returns to his native village after a lapse of several years, to raise money to build a city mansion for himself by selling his ancestral home. He sets about this reluctantly, under pressure from his shrewish and domineering wife.
In the village, as he meets his sisters and others among whom he grew up, a flood of memories overwhelms him, and he abruptly changes his mind about selling the property. It gives us a clear idea about where our roots should be.. Also it arouses our childhood nos Raghu, returns to his native village after a lapse of several years, to raise money to build a city mansion for himself by selling his ancestral home.
Also it arouses our childhood nostalgic memories.. It shows us how important roots are as they are for the trees. Oct 02, Anamika Suresh rated it really liked it. Verukal was my first malayalam novel that I have read. It was a part of our curriculm for ICSE syllabus. Ten years since I read the book, but I can still feel the characters, atmosphere and the emotions! The feeling of Nostalgia is what makes you feel while you read the book.
I used to love this book so much so that I felt that I was a part of the story. I used to love my malayalam classes for my memories run quickly to Palghat.
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Verukal English: Roots is a Malayalam semi-autobiographical novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan in It is widely credited as one of his best works. Verukal tells the story of a family of Tamil speaking Iyers who settled in Kerala. Raghu is the protagonist of the story.
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