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The cover of Verukal
AuthorMalayattoor Ramakrishnan
Original titleവേരുകൾ
TranslatorV. Abdulla
Cover artistN. Ajayan
GenreSemi-autobiographical novel
PublisherD. C. Books
Publication date
Published in English

Verukal (English: Roots) is a Malayalam semi-autobiographical novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan in 1966. It is widely credited as one of his best works.[1] It won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967.

Plot summary[edit]

Verukal tells the story of a family of Tamil speaking Iyers who settled in Kerala. Raghu is the protagonist of the story. The pivotal event on which the novel turns is the return of Raghu to his native village after a lapse of several years, to raise money to build a city mansion for himself by selling his ancestral home. He sets about this reluctantly, under pressure from his shrewish and domineering wife. In the village, as he meets his sisters and others among whom he grew up, a flood of memories overwhelms him, and he abruptly changes his mind about selling the property.

Main characters[edit]

  • Raghu - the protagonist
  • Ammulu - Raghu eldest sister
  • Lakshmi - Raghu's sister
  • Maniyan Athimbaar - Ammulu's husband
  • Yajneswarayyar (Ammaanchi) - Lakshmi's husband
  • Vishwanathan Iyer - Raghu's father
  • Amma - Raghu's mother
  • Aadi Narayana Swami (Patta) - Raghu's grandpa
  • Ganapathi Patta - Raghu's great grandpa
  • Geetha - Raghu's wife
  • Ajayan - Raghu's son
  • Suma -Raghu's daughter
  • Saraswathy - Raghu's younger sister
  • Bharathan - Saraswathy's husband
  • Rajappan - Raghu's Room mate
  • Raman Karthav - manakkale karyasthan
  • Periyappa (appu) - Raghu's uncle


  1. ^ Hari Sundar G. (28 December 2002). "In memory of Malayatoor". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 May 2011.