Saturday, July 20, 2024
Writers Cave

KAYAR – A SPRAWLING SAGA OF TRANFORMATION OF KERALA 

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s “Kayar” is not just a novel; it’s a meticulously crafted tapestry woven from the threads of over two centuries of Kerala’s social and cultural history. Spanning six generations and featuring a staggering cast of characters, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the picturesque Kuttanad region, witnessing its transformation from a feudal society to a modern landscape.
“Thakazhi” (Name of  Novelist’s native Place) meticulously portrays the decline of the Nair matrilineal system, the evolution of the Nambudiri community, and the struggles of marginalized communities like the Pulayas. He delves into the changing dynamics of caste, religion, gender roles, and agricultural practices, offering a rich tapestry of life in Kerala over the years.
One of the novel’s strengths is its unflinching realism. Pillai doesn’t shy away from portraying the harsh realities of the past, including the hardships faced by marginalized communities and the complexities of social change. He masterfully captures the evolution of language over time, seamlessly integrating “flashbacks” to transport readers back in history.
While its epic scale can be intimidating, “Kayar” rewards patient readers with a profound and immersive experience. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in Kerala’s history, society, and culture, offering a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people caught in the tides of change.
Williamji  Maveli

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