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Kadaltheerathu by O.V. Vijayan: A Review




Kadaltheerathu (The Seashore) is a collection of 14 short stories by the renowned Malayalam writer O.V. Vijayan, who is best known for his novels such as Khasakkinte Ithihasam (The Legends of Khasak), Dharmapuranam (The Saga of Dharmapuri), and Gurusagaram (The Infinity of Grace). The stories in Kadaltheerathu were written between 1962 and 1986, and reflect Vijayan's mastery of language, style, and imagination. The stories deal with various themes such as human suffering, social injustice, political oppression, existential angst, and spiritual quest.


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The title story, Kadaltheerathu, is one of the most powerful and poignant stories in the collection. It tells the story of Vellayiappan, a poor peasant from a village called Pazhuthara, who goes to see his son Kannanunni, who is sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Vellayiappan carries a bag of rice, which he calls "balichor" (sacrificial rice), to feed his son before he is hanged. On his way to the prison, he encounters various people who mock him, pity him, or ignore him. He also has a dream in which he sees his son as a child. When he reaches the prison, he is told that his son has already been executed. He breaks down and throws the rice on the seashore, where it is eaten by crows.


The story is a powerful indictment of the injustice and cruelty of the society and the state, which condemn an innocent man to death and deprive his father of his last wish. The story also shows the helplessness and hopelessness of the poor and the oppressed, who have no voice or agency in their fate. The story is written in a simple and direct language, but with a poetic touch that enhances its emotional impact. The story also uses symbols and metaphors, such as the rice, the seashore, and the crows, to convey deeper meanings.


Kadaltheerathu is available as an ebook in Malayalam on Amazon. It is also available as a PDF file on some websites. However, these sources may not be authorized or reliable. The best way to read and appreciate this masterpiece is to buy a physical copy from a reputed publisher or bookstore. The book was published by DC Books in 2016.


If you are interested in reading more stories by O.V. Vijayan, you can also check out his other collections such as Chengannur Vandi (The Chengannur Cart), Iruvattam Onnam Noottandu (The Twenty-first Century), and Oru Neenda Rathriyude Ormakkayi (In Memory of a Long Night). You can also watch a video review of Kadaltheerathu by a YouTube channel called CBSE 10th Class Malayalam.


Kadaltheerathu by O.V. Vijayan is a classic of Malayalam literature that deserves to be read and cherished by all lovers of literature. It is a book that will make you think, feel, and wonder about the human condition.


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