This is the book I am currently savouring with a cup of chaya* for company.
It is a collection of poems, essays and memoirs by various writers who portray different facets of Kerala, beyond its quintessential “God’s own country” status.
The book is edited by Anita Nair, who has written a fabulous introduction about the “make do” principle in Kerala.
An excerpt: “Make do is the deity everyone worships. Make do is the reason why every Malayali goes through life convinced that he is the liveliest, shrewdest and most intelligent of all Indians.”
After a ‘book pact’ with a buddy, I plan to finish reading it this weekend, provided the supply of chaya is steady… and so is my will power.
*chaya – Malayalam for chai/tea
Just realised it’s also apt timing since Onam is around the corner