(EBOOK) [മയ്യഴിപ്പുഴയുടെ തീരങ്ങളിൽ Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil]
Mahe is a small town on the banks of the Mayyazhi river in northern Kerala What makes
this place rather uniue is that like Pondicherry it was a former French colony Till place rather uniue is that like Pondicherry it was a former French colony Till they did not need a passport to travel to France even now there are a few people who have opted for French citizenship French is an official languageMahe is known to the majority of Keralites as the place to et ood liuor dirt cheap there are no taxes for the booklover it is the birthplace of M Mukundan the chronicler of Mayyazhi as this place is known locally In the booklover it is the birthplace of M Mukundan the chronicler of Mayyazhi as this place is known locally In novel the name of which translates as On the Banks of the Mayyazhi River and its seuel Daivathinte Vikruthikal Mukundan charts the mythology and legends of this magical region existing in the twilight zone between colonialism and democracyAn indispensable part of the landscape of my youth and I suspect of many others MMukundan was a name I heard over and over again when I started off reading Malayalam Anyone worth their salt in reading malayalam would tell me to read this work The title translates to On the banks of the river Mayyazhi It s the story of a landscape called Mahe which was one of the few French colonized locales in India rew up to be on its own only by 1954 Mahe still remains a Union Territory within India which in simple terms means it is directly under the jurisdiction of the central Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations government of India That s the history part of it Mahe is called by a seductive name in Malayalam Mayyazhi I call this word beautifl because it means The eye of the sea Mukundan calls you to walk the streets of this place as the last French citizen seems to be withdrawing The people here are not uite sure whether to rejoice their new found freedom or to lament the absence of their humanods The reader is treated to a varied slice of a small town with all its overwhelming simplicity and ruggedness It is by parts a coming of age story a story of love rebellion understanding and also the legend of this uniue piece of land that became a curiosity to the subcontinent that surrounded itIf memory serves me right I read this book as much as six years ago but some of the images fleeted across my mind as I started keying in this review The middle aged man who went around lighting lamps at sundown the old woman who wailed aloud at the thought of her French monsieur leaving her to Bat Ode go to Europe the ever present sea and the souls of the departed who became dragon flies and traversed the sea to that distant island of souls Mayyazhi Mah in French was a tiny Frenchoverned enclave on the coast of Kerala Even today it retains separateness of status from Kerala. Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil On the Banks of the River Mayyazhi is a Malayalam language novel by M Mukundan Widely regarde. After reading this book all I wanted to do was to plan a trip to this little town of Mahe I hadn t known anything about life in this little once colony of France And I am lad I know This is what I love about reading Indian literature you don t have to wonder what a daffodil is You know what a dragonfly is Set in the 1940s Mukundan draws a haunting portrait of a town with a bunch of esoteric characters Kurambi Amma was my favorite probably with her addiction to snuff and a passion for telling stories Dasan is the young hero portrayed alternately as the angry young man and the studious Indian who has to fulfil his family s dreams In between are a whole host of characters that Mukundan uses with reat skill to portray the times of that era so beautifully This truly is a masterpiece of Malayalam and Indian literature reat NovelI have completed in record time We are so used to stories and historical accords of European colonization and the atrocities they inflict upon the natives Well this book says the story of now union territory Mah which was previously a French colony and an ace example of communal
HARMONY AND CULTURAL ASSIMILATION POST COLONIZATIONand cultural assimilation post colonization settled here along with the natives etting mixed with culture and believes raising their Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War generations It s really interesting and refreshing to read on life at Mah in its innocence and ignorance where kidsrow up hearing stories of Indian mythology and Joan of Arc Also stories of the times where religion language and ethnicity barely made any difference in day to day lifeAuthor has done an excellent job in conveying the essence in right amount of words iving stories about various factions of Mayyazhi on how Mah is home for them Then followed the local helplessness
on rebellion since they have been seeing and living along with French for enerations as friends and family Where will therebellion since they have been seeing and living along with French for Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America generations as friends and family Where will the peopleo this is Their Home Too It Gets Pretty Visceral home too It At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture gets pretty visceral the end with accords of old people waiting for French ships with the hope of seeing their friends for one final time the mental struggle within some locals on choosing whether to move to France or stay in Mah Gotta admire the author for putting together all these aspects in and around the love story of a rebel torn between his future ideology and family pulling us through the moral confusion with side tracks of ancient stories of the soil Prose was a little difficult thanks to accented conversations and french namesWould haveiven 4 stars if the book had ended before last two chapters something I have an issue with many books contemporary to this onehttps10thandnoblewordpresscom20. Nch colony in the past in a mystical way1 The novel was translated into English and French both the versions winning accolade.
M. Mukundan õ 0 READ & DOWNLOADIt is a Union Territory like Pondicherry Damanand Diu Nowadays the tiny town is little than a long line of booze selling stores and a churchThis novel begins when Mah was a French colony and ends after it became part of India in the 1950s The slow beginning describes life in the enclave and introduces a wide range of characters Some of these work for the French and others join the illegal movement to liberate Mah from the FrenchI enjoyed the book but felt that the narration was over lean It needed to be less concise and meaty At first it was a little lacking in direction but it picked up reatly and became uite exciting in its last uarterI read the book because I have visited Mah and was curious about it I now
feel that I have learnt something but not a reat deal aboutthat I have learnt something but not a reat deal about placeAlthough I found the book fascinating enough I am not oing to reccommend it highly to anyone who is not interested in Mah It is one of the early books which took me into the world of phantasies and daydreams I used to sleep with a book in hand The book ave me an insight into the divergent culture of India as it focuses on the French speaking people in Mahe A must read for those who take Malayalam literature seriously What a beautiful novel Of all the books I have read this yearthis one is the closest to my heart This book or less defined a phase of my reading life I used to walk to my school reading this book and naturallywould hit a stone on the road or a tree and hurt myselfI read this when I was in eighth standard and used to have such fond memories of Dasan as if I *Had Grown Up With Him * grown up with him am reminded of him even now when I see on someone that curly hair falling onto I am reminded of him even now when I see on someone that curly hair falling onto chanced upon M Mukundan s On the Banks of the Mayyazhi in a second hand bookshop When I read the summary on the book jacket I was sceptical if I would like it because it had two themes that I haven t been able to take to very much in the past politics and magical realism Boy was I wrong I finished reading it yesterday and this captivating novel still has me in its hold Here is the book jacket summary before I et into the review Mayyazhi Mahe in the forties a melange of native myth and legend and shimmering French elegance Wine flows through the streets where horse drawn carriages speed by day and night A folklore has it that souls hover as dragonflies over the Velliyan Rock in the sea A wave of nationalism sweeps over the town and a Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago group of dedicated young men determined to free Mayyazhi from the French set the wheels in motion Dasan a promising young man destined for a brilliant career in the Frenchovernment finds himself in the. D as the author's magnum opus the novel vividly describes the political and social background of Mahe Mayyazhi the former Fre.