Ayussinte Pusthakam

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Ayussinte Pusthakam (The Book of Life) (Malayalam: ആയുസ്സിന്റെ പുസ്തകം) is a well-known Indian Malayalam language novel by C. V. Balakrishnan.[1] The novel was adapted into an experimental play by Suveeran.[2][3] The play received Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi Award of 2008, and participated in several international festivals.


Balakrishnan began writing this novel when he moved to Calcutta in late-1970s. An old edition of the Bible at St. Paul's Cathedral in Calcutta triggered the book in him. It took him three years to complete the novel. Says the author: "All the characters and villages of Christian settlers were in my mind long before I began thinking about writing Ayussinte Pusthakam. The characters are based on people I met during my course as a school teacher in a village in Kasaragod. I wrote Ayussinte Pusthakam at a time when I was going through an emotionally difficult period; my relation with my father was strained and I was feeling very lonely. Ayussinte Pusthakam is about loneliness. The book is also about sin and sadness, written in a style and language that have been judiciously borrowed from The Bible." The protagonist in this novel is Yohannan, and the plot revolves around his ambiguities concerning sexual desire.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Book of life"
  2. ^ A searing exploration of sin. The Hindu, 26 December 2009.
  3. ^ Fix a date with theatre. The Hindu, 28 May 2008.