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A Childhood in Malabar

Kamala Das (Author)
Synopsis An evocative account of growing up in Kerala in the 1940s. 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, Kamla 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. And 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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About the author

Kamala Das

One of the greatest literary figures in Malayalam, Kamala Das was born in the year 1934 in Punnayurkulum, in South Malabar, Kerala. Educated mainly at home, she has been writing verses and prose since early youth that has given her a permanent place in modern Malayalam literature. She has been the recipient of such famous awards as the Poetry Award for the Asian PEN Anthology , the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the best collection of short stories in Malayalm, and the Chaman Lal Award for fearless journalism. Her famous volumes of verses are Summer in Calcutta, The Descendants, and the Old Playhouse and other Poems.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Childhood in Malabar
Author Kamala Das
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.06.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143030396
length 218p.