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What do we talk about when we talk about history ? The most obvious things jump to my mind : culture, language, government, agriculture...things that your history lessons in school taught you in short ! Think of the landscape where you live, how would your town have been a millenium ago ? Not many of us think about it and to the les industrious of us who do, the answers prove elusive. Very few among us embrace that history and welcome it into the humdrum of our daily routine. Marupiravi is the story of how the history of a town in Cochin washes over the life of one man Aravindan.

The word Marupiravi in my understanding translates to the other birth. The second birth of a trading post named Musiris is what it all comes down to. Musiris was a port in Cochin which served as a significant point on the navigation map for the Romans when the trade for black pepper was at its peak. With the fading of the Romans from the center stage, Musiris also lost its glory and slowly dropped off the map. Decades later an archaeological dig turns up artifacts that establish the relation of trade that existed all those years ago. Musiris of present day is situated close to the town of Chennamangalam which happens to be the home town of the protagonist, Aravindan. A retired white collar worker and a resident of Mumbai, Aravindan heeds the call of his home town and returns for a short visit. The plot then is mostly about how he gets enveloped in the history and gives it an outlet through his writing. Through a lot of character anecdotes, I walked through the history of social upheavals in Kerala and how they leave an indelible mark in the history of a landscape. The second birth of Musiris comes in the form of the up and coming Vallarpaadam container terminal in Cochin and the novel closes on a note that a path that once closed down will again reopen to the world.

The novel is well strcutured and written for Sethu is a veteran writer in the field of Malayalam literature. He writes with control and is aided by tremendous amounts of research into the topic. As befits a historical novel on a broad canvas, the flow is not hinged on one character alone. They appear and disappear in the story like boats against a misty horizon. Characters real and imagined tell us their stories and all of it add to the appeal of the tale. I only had one point that rubbed me off the wrong way : the narration at some points reminded me of an old man. An old man who laments that the generation of agriculture and living with nature was the real life and that the present generation is shallow in its grasp of life. I can understand it coming from one character but then it is reiterated at a few points in the tale. The fact that there are no English translations for this work also will be a deterrant to a wider reading audience.

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