Creator: Paul Chirakkarode, Translator: Catherine Thankamma
Publication: Oxford College Press
Web page: 212
Worth: Rs 595
We see this within the story of Thevan Pulayan, an outdated farm hand who has labored on his landlord’s fields since he was a younger boy. The e book opens with Thevan reminiscing about the home he was allowed to construct in a nook of the sector. After Aayirampara, the fields he has lovingly nurtured all his life, his house is his pleasure and pleasure. It’s all he wants to begin a household. So he marries and the couple have a son, Kandankoran. Lower to the current and we see the outdated man being ousted from his dwelling. With nowhere to go, father and his son search shelter on the dwelling of a Christian relative, Pathros.
A gentle-mannered man and an ardent Christian, Pathros lives together with his spouse Maria and daughter Anna in a small hut constructed on Church land. He welcomes Thevan and Kandankoran with open arms — a gesture that doesn’t sit nicely with Maria, because it entails two further mouths to feed. The identical evening, on the preacher’s home, the Church committee’s Syrian Christian members congregate to select a speaker for the ‘Awakening’, a non secular occasion meant to convey the congregation nearer to God.
When the preacher suggests Pathros, as he has “a voice that might make waves of repentance surge via the congregation,” Custodian Thomas breaks out right into a sweat and has visions of his ancestors reporaching him for this insult to their historic lineage. So he will get the preacher to agree on inviting a speaker pretty much as good as Pathros.
On the day of the occasion, the Dalit group waits expectantly for Pathros to handle them however are shocked when another person takes the stage. This episode marks the primary of many cracks within the seemingly idyllic lifetime of the group, and the realisation that the caste discrimation they sought to flee has doggedly adopted them from one faith to a different.
Again at Pallithara, Thevan rues his destiny, whereas a romance blossoms via stolen glances between Kandankoran and Anna. The Syrian Christians create issues for Pathros for harbouring his Hindu kinfolk, who ultimately go away. Kandankoran, nevertheless, decides to transform to marry Anna, a call he questions when he notices the unequal seating association on the Church service — the Pulayars sit on mats, whereas the Syrian Christians lean comfortably on benches.
This realisation additionally dawns on Pathros and Paulos. “Like a caparisoned elephant”, Pathros had felt a sure pleasure for having risen above his Hindu brethren. He realises that for individuals like Custodian Thomas, he’s “simply Pathros Pelen”.
Paulos, alternatively, decides to show thought into motion. He mobilises the group, leads them out of the Church throughout its yearly anniversary, and decides to carry a gathering by inviting a Dalit author to handle them on the oppression they face.
In all of Chirakkarode’s works, caste discrimination in Christianity is a central theme. He relentlessly questions the hypocrisy of Christianity, stripping off its veneer of equality and tolerance. Just like the Pulayars, we’re left questioning what kind of a faith and god lets it’s individuals be trampled upon and handled as lower than human.
We really feel for the characters — Pathros, as a result of he’s caught between the faith he has grown to like and inequality that exists inside it; Thevan, who loses his dwelling, his belongings and his sanity; and, primarily, Kandankoran, who feels his caste acutely following his conversion, virtually as if it has bodily dealt him blow after blow.
We additionally really feel for the ladies, Maria and Anna. The connection between mom and daughter takes a tumultuous flip when Kandankoran arrives on the scene. She cajoles and scolds Anna to overlook about marrying him, who has no dwelling or a job. Anna is steadfast in her love for the darkish and good-looking Kandankoran and vows to marry nobody else however him.
In Anna and Kandankoran, Chirakkarode additionally provides us an image of home bliss, that “they might be darkish skinned, however they, too, are human” and deserve happiness.
Pulayathara strikes at a leisurely tempo, mimicking the panorama, giving the reader sufficient time to soak up every character’s experiences, and ruminate on caste atrocities. A reputation may be modified following conversion, however caste sticks like a cussed stain. But, the e book gives hope — hope that the individuals will stand up and protest.