Regional: Padinjare Kalam Chorakkalam by Indugopan

     
  G.R Indugopan is one of the new age writers in Malayalam whose works are absolutely engaging reads.Padinjare Kalam Chorakkalam is his latest work which explores the dark underbelly of Kollam.In this world inhabited by rowdies and goons, Indugopan weaves in three delightful stories which dabbles with the themes of lost love,redemption and revenge.The three novellas have a couple of recurring characters and as a result the book jacket (published by DC) claims that this one is a novel! Neverthless, this book is an absolute delight to read and my pick of the lot is the third novella, 'Shankhumukhi'. It traces the story of underworld Kingpin,'Binu' and his/her escapades(spoiler alert!).I is funny,poignant and cinematic.On the whole, I am going with 3.5 out of 5 for this book.Indugopan's prose is simple,relatable and highly readable.Looking forward to his next work!

-nikhimenon

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