ëI, Kalari Kovilakom, grande maison, guardian of memoriesóbirths, deaths, marriages, hopes, dreams, laughter and tearsóhaving gone through so many lifetimes, now stand witness to the march of time and the waywardness of fortune. I, with my louvered windows.í
This is the chronicle of a grand old mansion bursting to tell its tale!
The House That Dhathri Built and Other Stories will lead you deep into the heart of a Malabar palace, a sequestered world behind high walls where life is veering towards an unlit crossroad, strange and unfamiliar.
Throughout this telling, the life of Dhathri, Ranee of the ëlittle kingdomí, appears and reappears like a skein of silken thread that draws the narrative together into a moving saga of the times.
Sweeping from British-occupied Malabaróthrough the war years and Independence up until the ësea of redí causes the feudal system to break up and implodeócan Kalari Kovilakom, the house that Dhathri built, survive the stormy buffets of social change?
Or will it be condemned to die an ignoble death at the hands of a common pickaxe?