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Aithihyamaala: 'Garland of Legends from Kerala'
Kottarathil Sankunni
Leela James
Classification : Classics
Pub Date : Jul 28, 2015
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 256
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789351950073
Price : 299

About the book
Kunju Thambaan, well-known for his extraordinary prowess in jugglery, mass-illusion and astrology. The dexterous Namboothiri who captured a terrifying Yakshi and enshrined her, and worshipped her as a goddess. Kandangoran, the magnificient elephant blessed with a royal physique and astonishing wisdom. A vibrant and diverse cast of characters brings to life the ancient, enduring legends of Kerala in the Aithihyamaala, the garland of legends.Originally documented over 25 years and written in the 1900s by the famous Malayalam scholar, Kottarathil Sankunni, the Aithihyamaala was a collection of 126 tales, some based on real events and others a meld of fact and fiction. These stories of famous figures in Kerala folklore, including the honest thief Kayamkulam Kochchunni and the powerful king Shaktan Thampuraan, were first published in Bhashaposhini, the renowned Malayalam literary magazine. This volume of 18 stories, meticulously curated and translated by Leela James, transports you to the magical world of history, myth and fantasy of more than a hundred years ago. Wisdom and vice, revenge and loyalty, imagination and fact, faith and superstition are intricately intertwined to create a collector's edition for lovers of legends, Malayalam folklore and Indian literature.

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Kottarathil Sankunni
Kottarathil Sankunni is a well-known author of Malayalam literature, and although he was prolific in both prose and poetry, he is best known today as the author of the hugely popular Aithihyamaala<...(+)
Leela James
Leela James taught at the New Era High School in Panchgani in Maharashtra before her marriage to the late Professor Josef James. She discovered her writing abilities after she was 75, taking up the pe...(+)