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Author: O Chandumenon
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Anitha Devasia
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 288
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780195678772


Widely held to be the first Malayalam novel, Indulekha (1889) stands out as a landmark in published for having been reprinted almost every year for over a hundred years.

An Endearing love story woven around a feudal Nair taravad, the novel is replete with the particular and detailed of its times: the impact of English Education, the effects of British subjugation, and the Nair Matrilineal Society.

With a perceptive foreword by Susie Tharu and useful appendices, the novel will appeal to general readers as well as provide rich mining for students of sociology, political and legal studies, gender enquiry, and other branches of trans-disciplinary research.


“The translation … Careful balances textual and contextual interpretation, and is radiant with clarity and nuance.”
--- The Book Review

“Anitha Devasia's translation is alive to the nuances … without eroding the narrative smoothness. [There is] helpful additional material in the form of appendices. … Susie Tharu, in the succinct foreword put[s] the reader "on the scent of the momentous issues that are at stake".”
--- The Hindu


Anitha Devasia is Lecturer, Department of English, St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, Kochi.


Foreword/Susie Tharu

1. Beginnings
2. Indulckha
3. An Angry Man's Oath
4. A Separation
5. Panchumenon's Anger
6. Panchumenon's Anxiety
7. Kannazhi Moorkillatha Manakkal Surinaimbuthiripad
8. An Arrival from Madras
9. The Coming of the Nambuthiripad and Other Things
10. A Letter from Madras
11. What People Said about the Nambuthiripad
12. Conversation between Indulekha and the Nambuthiripad
13. Second Conversation between Indnlekha and the Nambuthiripad
14. The Nambuthiripad's Wedding
15. A Calamity
16. Madhavan's Tour of the Country
17. How Madhavan was found
18. A Conversation
19. Things Winch Actually Happened at Home during the Period of Madhavan's Journey
20. The End of the Story


I. Preface to the first edition of Indulekha
II. Preface to the second edition of Indulekha
III. Dumergue's Preface
IV. Chandumenon’s Memorandum to the Malabar Marriage Commission
V. The President's Supplementary Memorandum to the Malabar Marriage Commission