Sunday, May 26, 2024
Writers Cave


“Kamika,” a novel set in the political, social, and caste context of the early years of Kerala, delves into the human experiences of lust, love, revenge, and betrayal. Employing a distinctive storytelling approach, the novel vividly captures the essence of the sensual scent of affection, the laborer’s sweat, and the bliss of lovemaking. Setting itself apart from conventional Malayalam novels confined to journalistic language, “Kamika” narrates the story of Neelandan, the Pappad seller, and his community in Kerala, providing insights into the caste-political and social landscape of the 1970s. Amidst the exploration of a sexy lady’s justification for her erotic exploits, the novel unfolds the lives that either endure or break down.


The onset of contemporary novel writing marked an essential moment, characterized by a blend of optimism and trepidation, particularly as it unfolded in the century closest to the commencement of a new millennium. Many envisioned it as the dawn of a new era for humanity. The literary movement recognized as the modern period, spanning from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, encompassed various evolving writing styles that significantly influenced the trajectory of literature.


Literary modernism granted authors newfound freedom to experiment with their modes of expression, transcending the constraints of the past. Modernist works featured free-flowing inner dialogues and non-linear storylines, accentuating the experiences and emotions of individuals. Notable writers of modern literature include M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Late Punathil Kunjabulla, Sethu, M. Mukundha, Kakkadanadn, and T. Padmanabhan. The modern period in Malayalam novel category commenced in the 20th century and extended until 1965, witnessing a radical departure from traditional ways of engaging with the world. Unlike earlier periods where experimentation and individualism were discouraged, the modern era embraced these as virtues, leading to cultural shocks. – WILLIAMSJI MAVELI.

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