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~~~Missing Jungle~~~
Jan 15, 2013 09:06 PM 7515 Views

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Mysticism at its best, Pandavapuram by Sethu is no chocolate which melt easily but a well made candy which keep the sweetness for long time. If one tries to find the complete perspective of this novel, I am sure the person will find failure for sure. I fear even the writer will fail today to identify the images and symbols he has created. No wonder the author confess that in a re-reading he was tempted to rewrite the book. But no, a writer is only a tool and any good novel has life of its own, separated from the writer and the author did the right thing when he decided not to rewrite it as it is very special as it is. Pandavapuram is a reality where the young beautiful 'Devi' was gone with her husband, soon after their marriage. She was deserted after but she has to return with their child. She lost all hope of her husband's return still deep inside she is expecting him back. Arrives a 'jaran' (a flirting man or say a spy) who pretends to be their friend when they were in Pandavapuram. He creates a world of new Pandavapuram which Devi don't find before. After a point, Devi turns the coin back and plays along and now the flirting man or spy is confused. The novel ends when her husband arrives but what she will tell him? Read the book to know about it and more.


What we may feel like a simple story is no simple and there are different layers the author incorporated with exceptional craftsmanship. On the one side Sethu throw some light to the reality exist in the personal lives of the individuals and in family. The less inspiring living conditions and ignorance the oppressed class always has to suffer. The focus however here is on the society's irresponsible reaction to such situation. The mindset of society is negative and they mount all their pressure on the victims. What ways are left for the innocent people? They have to fight it back, the Pandavapuram way!


The Pandava story is been discussed for its gender bias and it is no exception in the modern days as well. However, the writer more stressed to portray Pandavapuram as an imaginary place where we all wanted to live some day or other. Pandavas had this jungle to go when they were thrown out by the Kauravas. Where we will go, when the society throws us out of its fortes? The jungles are gone and what is left? The chemical reactions left in the factory buildings! The red colour of self and will dilute in the yellow colour of the social mindset. No jungle is left for the modern Pandavas. It has been occupied, looted, urbanised and left alone in ignorance and in arrogance.


The book is available in English and in Malayalam. The book is recommended to all serious readers who wish to read a fantastic fantasy story.


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