Author : Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
Translator : Sundara Ramasamy
Chemmeen, a mesmerising seaside story, narrates the relationship between Karutthamma, a Hindu woman from the fisher folk community, and Pareekkutty, the son of a Muslim fish wholesaler. The hugely successful novel was adapted into a film of the same name, and won critical acclaim and commercial success. The vivid description of seashore is striking and the story takes the reader through the life of the fisher folk and the characters often question the ethics and norms set by the society. Sundara Ramasamy’s evocative translation brings this classic of Indian literature to a new generation that hasn’t had the opportunity to savour this tale of love and longing.