Antharjanam: Memoirs of A Namboodiri Woman

Ending the silence of centuries comes this startling murmur: the first full-length account of a Namboodiri woman's life describing a...

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Ending the silence of centuries comes this startling murmur: the first full-length account of a Namboodiri woman's life describing a world long gone. Told without a trace of self-pity, Devaki Nilayamgode's work is a remarkable achievement in the domain of personal and social history.

The memoirs unfold a variety of experiences that range from changing agricultural practices and esoteric medical ones like indigenous systems of anti-snake-venom treatment to the gradual erosion of the community's wealth and unquestioned social power. With time, the winds of change brought radical ideas into these dim interiors. While J. Devika's detailed Introduction contextualizes the great changes the author describes, the many evocative illustrations by one of Kerala's most famous artists transport us into the Namboodiri woman's world.

Special Features

  • First full-length memoirs of a Namboodiri woman
  • Reveals the inside story of a largely insular community.
  • Around 35 illustrations.
  • Comprehensive Introduction.

About the Author
Devaki Nilayamgode was raised in an orthodox Namboodiri home. Not formally educated, her language skills were shaped by the training that an antharjanam traditionally received at home.

 

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