Author: K P Ramanunni
Translator: N Gopalakrishnan / R E Asher
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171676944
Set in the early nineteenth century Kerala, this novel shows that irrespective of the religion that one is born into or chooses, one cannot free oneself from the cultural heritage of generations. The Malayalam original 'Sufi Paranja Katha' won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award.
This novel revolves around the love and marriage between Mamooty, a Muslim and Karthy, a Nair Hindu. Though converted to Islam, Karthy is unable to resist the primeval tug of her original religion. Karthy is a rare example of a confident woman who is sufficient unto herself.
In this novel, we see sex without guilt or vulgarity. We see pantheistic pagan traditions asserting themselves over members of all communities - as Mother Goddess for Hindus, as the Beevi and Jarum for the Muslims.