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Malayalam

The Legend of Kuttanad

Jai Arjun Singh

This many-layered novel, about a folk-hero and his fabulous moustache, examines the nature of story-telling— how people, animals and places can be kept alive through the narratives built around them

Gopalika Antharjanam: The Brahmin Arabic Teacher

Those protesting against the Muslim professor teaching Sanskrit must borrow a lesson from the life of Gopalika Antharjanam

Malayalam Cinema: Frames of Small Things

Social realism without inflated heroism powers the new wave in Malayalam cinema

Lijo Jose Pellissery: ‘I make films. I don’t make moral lessons’

Malayalam filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery is one of India’s most original auteurs

Icons Must Fall

Paul Zacharia’s first novel in English is a roller-coaster ride of ideas

Azaan

A short story

Men Who Don’t Learn

On an impending meeting in which male Malayalam stars will embarrass themselves further

Benyamin: The Smell of Jasmine

The Malayalam writer Benyamin returns to the Arab Spring for his new novel

Parvathy: Girl Power

Parvathy, the winner of the Silver Peacock in Goa, is an actor with a social conscience who won’t let trolls silence her

The Aspiring Brahmin

On the strange ambition of a Malayalam movie star turned politician

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