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Book review: Homecoming by Shashi Warrier

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The Homecoming

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Shashi Warrier

This is a book I have read recently. The story basically revolves around the moral conflicts as well as the material losses experienced by the people in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Line of Control region. The political side of the story is extremely sensitive as one may defy the arguments put forth by the author in many occasions. And its personal side is quite disturbing. The central character of the story is Javed Sharif, a businessman, based on Bangalore who retires from the family business and decides to settle in his home state Kashmir. As the events unfurl , his homecoming which was expected to be a peaceful one turns out to be a tragic one as his younger son was arrested and alleged to be part of the terrorist activities and elder one betrayed him and left him bankrupted for the rest of his life.

The story beautifully presents the feelings of 3 generations in a family of which one was associated with the freedom movement. It also shows how a family bound by the bond of love disintegrates under changing political and social circumstances . The bleak picture of the indifferent attitude of the authorities to the layman is also well presented . Intertwined with the main theme is the vivid description of the scenic beauty of Kashmir. The author often draws comparison between the scenic beauty and the political unrest prevalent there. In the story the drastic turn of events start in a very auspicious occasion. This story does not end in an optimistic note. Although bloodshed is mentioned in a few places the story has very less elements of violence. This book helps us to judge the so called ‘single reality’ from different perspectives as it is said that there could be more than a single reality.It is a book worth reading as it takes us to a different world from which we would not return till we finish reading it.

I would like to conclude by quoting these lines from the book–‘ I WONDER HOW THE FABRIC OF MY LIFE CAME APART SO QUICKLY . IT WAS A RICH FABRIC, SOMETHING I HAD TAKEN GREAT PAINS AND OVER 3 DECADES TO WEAVE. WE MIGHT EACH RECOVER INDIVIDUALLY , BUT THE RICHNESS OF THE FABRIC IS GONE.’ 

 

Reviewed by

Arya S., XII A

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Ammu’s first book on God released by O.N.V.Kurup

Prof. O.N.V.Kurup, Malayalam poet and Gyanpith winner released the book, “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal”  (Malayalam, Chinta Publications, Trivandrum, Rs.40/-) written by Ammu (Gayathri) on 19th April 2011 at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom. The book has been termed as a 12 year girl’s reminiscence on God, religion, secularism and the present day society. The function was presided over by famous Malayalam writer Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharam. Mr. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom received the first copy from O.N.V.Kurup. The book was reviewed by Sri. V.K.Joseph, Vice Chairman, Kerala Chalachitra Akademi. The author, Kumari Gayathri shared her experiences on writing the book. Shri. Rajesh Chirappad, sub editor, Chitha Publications, delivered the vote of thanks.

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Presidential Address: Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharan, Malayalam Novelist

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Kum.Aparna R.Kurup, delivers the welcome speech.

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Prof. O.N.V.Kurup, Malayalam poet and Gyanpith winner releases the book by presenting its copy to Shri. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom

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Prof. O.N.V.Kurup addresses the gathering.

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Shri. V.K.Joesph, Vice Chairman, Kerala Chalachitra Akademi and Managing Editor, Chinta Publications, presents the book.

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Felicitations by Shri. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom

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The person of the moment, Kumari Gayathri (Ammu) shares her experiences on writing the book “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal

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Vote of thanks by Mr. Rajesh Chirappad, Sub Editor, Chinta Publications, Trivandrum

 

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Prof. O.N.V.Kurup and Kumari Ammu in between the admirers and friends.

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