Sankaran Namboothiri was an orthodox Brahmin and a feudal landlord. In his community, only the eldest son was permitted to marry Namboothiri women and only their children legitimized as Namboothiris. The younger sons were only permitted to engage in live-in relationships with women belonging to lower castes. Sankaran being against that custom had married a Nair woman, defying the elders in his family. After obtaining his share of the joint family property, he lived with his wife and children.
Several years later, a wild animal attacked him and his daughter. An astrologer confirmed Sankaran’s fear that it was due to a curse by the elders of his community. The astrologer also declared that his one-month-old grandchild was the devil’s seed. He suggested severe punishment for the child, which led to conflicts within the family.
What was the punishment? What was the outcome of the conflict? What was the fate of the child?
Discover the answers in Life is a Bed of Roses.
K. P. Chandrasekharan, a 61-year-old ex-banker, was born in a remote village in North Malabar; then part of Madras State but part of Kerala since November 1, 1956. He has experienced life in an upper caste landlord family in perpetual deterioration, suffered the adverse consequences of the social, political, and economic changes in the society, and lived the transition from feudal to capitalist society.
After his superannuation from the bank, he became an affiliate member of the Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI) and started a management consultancy firm in Kannur. Life is a Bed of Roses is his first work of fiction, emanating from both his painful, actual experience and wild imagination.
His family consists of his wife, son, and daughter-in-law.
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