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Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil (On the Banks of the River Mayyazhi) is a Malayalam language novel by M. Mukundan.

Widely regarded as the author's magnum opus, the novel vividly describes the political and social background of Mahe (Mayyazhi), the former French colony, in the past, in a mystical way.[1] The novel was translated into English and French, both the versions wi
Hardcover, 25th Edition, 340 pages
Published August 2009 (first published April 1974)
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Nandakishore Varma

Mahe is a small town on the banks of the Mayyazhi river in northern Kerala. What makes this place rather unique is that like Pondicherry, it was a former French colony. Till recently, they did not need a passport to travel to France: even now, there are a few people who have opted for French citizenship. French is an official language.

Mahe is known to the majority of Keralites as the place to get good liquor dirt cheap (there are no taxes): for the booklover, it is the birthplace of M. Mukundan,
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book more or less defined a phase of my reading life. I used to walk to my school reading this book, and naturally,would hit a stone on the road or a tree and hurt myself.I read this when I was in eighth standard and used to have such fond memories of Dasan as if I had grown up with him. I am reminded of him even now, when I see on someone, that curly hair, falling onto the right eye,those small eyes which hide a naughty smile..That is how I think of dasan. Now when I look back, I don't rea ...more
Arun Divakar
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
M.Mukundan was a name I heard over and over again when I started off reading Malayalam. Anyone worth their salt in reading malayalam would tell me to read this work. The title translates to On the banks of the river Mayyazhi . It's the story of a landscape called Mahe which was one of the few French colonized locales in India & grew up to be on its own only by 1954. Mahe still remains a Union Territory within India, which in simple terms means it is directly under the jurisdiction of the centra ...more
I chanced upon M Mukundan’s “On the Banks of the Mayyazhi” in a second-hand bookshop. When I read the summary on the book jacket I was sceptical if I would like it because it had two themes that I haven’t been able to take to very much in the past – politics and magical realism.

Boy was I wrong! I finished reading it yesterday, and this captivating novel still has me in its hold. Here is the book jacket summary before I get into the review.

Mayyazhi (Mahe) in the forties: a melange of native myth
Mayyazhi ('Mahé' in French) was a tiny French governed enclave on the coast of Kerala. Even today it retains separateness of status from Kerala- it is a Union Territory like Pondicherry, Daman,and Diu. Nowadays the tiny town is little more than a long line of booze selling stores and a church.

This novel begins when Mahé was a French colony and ends after it became part of India in the 1950s. The slow beginning describes life in the enclave and introduces a wide range of characters. Some of these
Smitha Murthy
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Smitha by: Swati
After reading this book, all I wanted to do was to plan a trip to this little town of Mahe. I hadn’t known anything about life in this little once-colony of France. And I am glad I know. This is what I love about reading Indian literature - you don’t have to wonder what a daffodil is. You know what a dragonfly is.

Set in the 1940s, Mukundan draws a haunting portrait of a town with a bunch of esoteric characters. Kurambi Amma was my favorite probably, with her addiction to snuff, and a passion fo
Sarath Krishnan
It is one of the early books which took me into the world of phantasies and daydreams. I used to sleep with a book in hand. The book gave me an insight into the divergent culture of India as it focuses on the French speaking people in Mahe. A must read for those who take Malayalam literature seriously.
Sameer m
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great Novel....I have completed in record time..!!
Arvind Radhakrishnan
What a beautiful novel! Of all the books I have read this year..this one is the closest to my heart.
Jerry Jose
We are so used to stories and historical accords of European colonization and the atrocities they inflict upon the natives. Well, this book says the story of now union territory Mahé, which was previously a French colony and an ace example of communal harmony and cultural assimilation post colonization. French settled here along with the natives, getting mixed with culture and believes, raising their generations. It’s really interesting and refreshing to read on life at Mahé, in its innocence an ...more
Mohammed Rasheen
Mayyazhi puzhayude theerangalil(on banks of Mayyazhi river) is a tale spanning over 2-3 generations, and beautifully presented by the author the changes and evolution of the people and place(Mahe- a french colony) throughout this time.
this was my first book by M Mukundan one of the pioneers of modern malayalam literature, which clearly proved me of his legacy. the story begins around late 18s and ends about in 1950s,

The best thing about the book is the character development and how deep it will
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
loved the story. wasted some time trying to connect the locations to the familiar places in Mahe. and took a while to adjust to the French words used.

was a great experience. touched my heart at some point. superb description of different types of people then. (now?)

loved the way it explored the history of a place through the lives of its people.and particularly one or two families who might have played a huge role in them.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good work in Malayalam literature. It's a tragedy that deals with the lives of interesting characters at the time of independence in Mahe and the legends that surround Mahe. Dasan will haunt the memories of everyone who has read this work. Dasan's behavior in the later part of the story is a little hard to accept, as Deepu chettan has written in his review. I share similar views about the work
Sankar Raj
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: malayalam
M.Mukundan is one of the great writers of Malayalam literature. This is the most popular of his books.It is also regarded as his best.It is st on the banks of the river Mayyazhi.It won him the Kendra Sahitya Academy.
Vigneswara Prabhu
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
പണ്ട് അതായതു ദാസൻ്റെ പിറവിക്കു മുൻപ് …..These are the first words of the masterpiece born from the pen of M.mukundan. To give such a symbolic and significant introduction to out protagonist, we expect great things from him. But over the course of the story, we are utterly disappointed. In him, as a person, as a son,as a self proclaimed idealist revolutionary. On paper, Dasan has none of the qualities one would attribute to one in whom the readers should connect to. Save for one. His unbending de ...more
Harsh Gopal
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malayalam
Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil is simply not just a book, but an emotion. The moment you read the last few words and close the book you realise that you have become one of "Mayyazhiyude Makkal".

It is not always that a book leaves a lump in my throat when completed and I love that feeling. Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil is a brilliant work that takes you on a journey that narrates the story of Mayyazhi(Mahe). The characters beautifully laid out. The places gracefully detailed. It is no wonder t
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While on holidays to Kerala last month, with nonstop rain in the background, I happened to re-read this amazing work, some 20 years after I first read it as a school boy. Beautiful. I found this work amazing, and on the plus side it brought back memories of my own childhood days when I first read the book. Also it's thought-provoking in a way that it made me wonder who all lived around what I now call my village some hundred years ago, what would have been their stories had someone recorded them ...more
Deepu George
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The booked that touched my heart... But can't say I liked it to the core. It is a tragedy which was written while there was no scope for tragedy in the story. Why the male protagonist behaved in the way he behaved in the later part of the story is a little difficult to comprehend . This story is being highlighted as a great story only bec it is a tragedy.
Vadassery Rakesh
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
Beautifully captures the essence of life of MAHE during the transition phase of independence. Sketches of pre-independent life and the pleasures and pains of foreign rule are very well caricatured. Again it starts looking like a saga, but comes to logical end. May be the writer is himself a communist, hence the typical mannerisms of a communists are visible in his characters.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mahe or Mayyazhi is near to my home. after reading this book I was eagerly searching those towns and areas which are mentioned in the book from memory. awesome novel. I will strongly suggest this book to all. thank you mr. mukundan.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Joice Joseph
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malayalam, favorites
Brilliant, Magical literature and awesome storyline
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome representation of educated youth prioritizing his love for the land and his girl ...
Vaisakh Shaji
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
a book which got almost all type of emotions..but the language used makes it some times a little bit complex. started loving dasan and chandrika.. it felt like i lived with them..
Athul Raj
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malayalam
The best novel by Mukundan that I've read. Captivating narration and good story about Mahe.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The life of Mayyazhi /Mahe before indepencence... :0 A worth read to know the life, culture and more of Mayyazhi with a bit of love.
Loved it.
Nice Writing style!!
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.Mukundan shown the beauty of Mahe before independance and how the independance affected to people... Hats off!!!
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Athul Jose
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malayalam
This is truly M.Mukundan's magnum opus. As the title goes, 'On the banks of the river Mayyazhi', the book describes the pre-independence and post-independence era of Mayyazhi (Mahe), a former French colony.

The story revolves around different characters in the village with a great focus on the socio-political aspect of that time. What glued me to this book is the way how Mukundan portrayed the transition of nationalism which ran in the young men of Mayyazhi during that time. And, how communism s
Shaj Hameed
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully narrated history of Mahe’s freedom struggle, as seen through the eyes of Dasan, the protagonist. Mukundan describes the life in Mahe during the early 1900s in detail, which explains Mahe’s French identity evident even today. The novel covers Mahe in its entirety, including the distinct culture, emotions, poverty, relationships, politics, hope and struggle, leading up to its complete independence from French occupation, in 1954. Mukundan is an expert with characters; he gives equal im ...more
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M. Mukundan(Malayalam: എം. മുകുന്ദൻ) is one of the pioneers of modernity in Malayalam literature. He was born on 10 September 1942 at Mayyazhi in Mahe, a one-time French territory in Kerala. He served as the president of Kerala Sahitya Akademi from October 2006 until March 2010.
Mukundan is known in Kerala as 'Mayyazhiyude Kathakaaran' (The story-teller of Mayyazhi). His native village of Mayyazhi

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