Verukal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Verukal
(Roots)
Verukalbook.jpg
The cover of Verukal
AuthorMalayattoor Ramakrishnan
Original titleവേരുകൾ
TranslatorV. Abdulla
Cover artistN. Ajayan
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
GenreSemi-autobiographical novel
PublisherD. C. Books
Publication date
1966
Published in English
2002
Pages132
ISBN81-7130-858-9

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

References[edit]

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