25 February, 2021

Bhima, The Wronged

Vasudevan Nair retells the epic with a unique, humanised twist

Bhima, The Wronged
M T. Vasudevan Nair is one of the best-known authors in Malaya-lam. And The Second Turn is the translation of Randamoozham,the best of his seven novels. Here, he has deviated from his familiar themes to draw from the epic Mahabharata.

With his unique narrative style, evocative of lyrical charm, Vasudevan Nair became a trend-setter in Malayalam fiction right from his early days of creative writing in the '50s. His abiding theme was the crumbling system of Nair joint families, tharavadu, drawn usually from the familiar locale of his native village, Koodallur, Kerala. MT (as he is popularly known) started a new direction in Malayalam fiction by portraying characters from the beaten path of social to psychological, outward to inward. His characters were romantic Outsiders caught in the solitary moments of their encounter with the self. A self that was seldom at ease in a hostile world and often motivated by an impotent rage against the exploitative system or yearning for revenge, the very realisation of which also revealed its futility. The structure...

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