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Where the Rain is Born: Writings About Kerala

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The southernmost part of India was born, it is said, when the mighty Parasurama - sixth avatar of Vishnu - threw his battle axe to carve out the territory that would henceforth be his.
Unknown Binding, 316 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Riku Sayuj

A collection of fine excerpts, each good in themselves and taken from some excellent sources. Anita Nair has to be commended for putting together this collection. But once put together, there is not much to recommend this book in itself, either in terms of unity of arrangement or thematic presentation.

A homesick Keralite would love the roam-through but an outsider reading it to get any insights into Kerala would be disappointed. Either would find it hard to resist the beautiful cover, the poetic
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Divya Mary
A collection of short stories edited by Anita Nair.
Now if you are a Malayali...this book should be in your 'must-read' list.It brings out the true essence of Kerala-its heritage, culture and people.
Quite a lot was a revelation to me as i fall into the category of 'fraud-mallus'.
The notable stories would be...those wriiten by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, Geeta Doctor, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Lalithambika Antherjanam...etc.
Ashraf Abbas
Side seat of KSRTC Bus(Public Transport-Kerala), with intermittent drizzling , cold misty wind caressing your face, scenic beauty of the mountain pass to wayanad and a book on Kerala - one of the best combinations a reader can ask for... its actually a compilation of writings on monsoon by some of the eminent writers/personalities...enjoyed every page of the book...
Vaishakh Ravi
I too fall into the category of Pravasi Malayali. I've been outside Kerala ever since my schooling. Nevertheless, I have intimate contact with my ammomma's and achamma's Grand family. I normally go there about twice a year.

However, I've never really been able to appreciate the 'essence' of being a Malayali. Be it the support for communism, the various superstitions, a state which stands as an example for secularism and as the author rightly puts, the 'make do' attitude. This book provides a snea
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34 stories compiled together all having being connected to Kerala in some way. A melange of authors (mostly written in English & some translation from original-Malayalam)

The best in this lot are by Shashi Tharoor (Charlis & I : on caste system in Kerala), Mohd Basheer (Blue Light), Suresh Menon (on Yesudas), Salman Rushdie (Moor Last Sigh), Lalithambika Antherjanam (on her dead Amma), Bill Aitken (Kerala as a tourist destination), Jaishree Mishra (Ancient Promises - on a newly wed Mallu
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Sastha Prakash
If you are a Malayali especially lived outside the state should and must read this book. A wonderful collection of essays, stories, criticism, and extracts, make up for a journey across history, landscape, length and breath of the state, abject poverty to the royals, Marxism, communism, the Gelf malayali, nostalgia, love, and of course the rains the predominant fixture in most tales.

The book is a big revelation to the vibrant literary heritage of the state. Living outside the state more than 3/4
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Lakshmi Menon
This is a compilation of writings (short stories and few poems) of eminent writers like M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Vaikom Muhammed Basheer, Lalithambika Antherjanam, Kamala Das et al, and edited by Anita Nair. Some of them are translated from Malayalam. If reading of these writings brings the nostalgic experience to the Keralites living outside, it gives a glimpse to the culture and traditions of Kerala to others who want to know more about this beautiful land.
Amit
Excellent collection of writings - from Thakazhi's Chemmeen to Kerala history to Monsoon air over the green land. Felt quite nostalgic after reading it, and also an almost immediate urge to return and explore. Thanks Ms. Nair!
Prem
A bunch of malayali and non- malayali writers sharing their experience of Rain's own country. experienced the magic of Jaishree Mishra, C P Surendran and Anita Nair...
Nisha Pillai
Love this book a lot. Collections that brings a lot of nostalgia.
Rajesh
For all those fraud mallus like me, who want to understand their roots better, but have been handicapped by the language, "Where the Rain is Born" is the perfect book for that.

Anita Nair has done a commendable job, a collection ranging from poetry (which I couldn't make head or tail of) to essays and stories from all parts of Kerala (including Mahe') looking at the history, the myth, the politics and even contemporary aspects of this small, yet mysterious state of ours.
Gayathri
Splendid book... loved every word of it...
Vaisakh Krishnan
Interesting collection. My favorites are the Shahsi Tharoor's and Basheer's pieces.
Susan
Various authors bring together their thoughts, personal stories and views on the history, politics and culture of this South Indian state. The diversity of their anecdotes and views make it an entertaining and insightful read.
Daniel Palevski
Amazing and diverse collection of stories, poems, and essays about life - both modern and historical - in Kerala. Strongly recommended for anyone planning on spending time in the region.
Smitha
An interesting collection of short stories with a Kerala connection. I really enjoyed the book.
Alan Thomson
Just started reading this amazing book on Kerala.All short stories.Will add more
Jyotsna Krishnakumar
An excellent anthology of stories and writings from and on Kerala.
Praveen Menon
A must read for all keralites !
Abhishek Achal
great anthology
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