Author Archives: Manu

A class apart

When a new member arrives, there is an induction party. He gives sweets to all the members of the group For commuters of the S-7 compartment of Jayanti Janatha Express (Kanyakumari-Mumbai), the good old days will soon become a sweet memory if the train continues to run late almost every day. Many of the commuters, who work in Kollam, take this train which is supposed to depart from Thiruvananthapuram Central at 7.45 a.m. “However, now most of the commuters are … Continue reading

Yentha Special Story: Lalitha's Little Game Of Lump And Life – Part II

One gnawing secret, and how many lives nibble at it from many ends with muffled cries and prolonged sighs! | By Manu Remakant Dr. Madhu Muralee is a surgical oncologist at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Trivandrum. It would take one more year for the doctor to meet Lalitha just because of her decision not to reveal her secret to the world. “I don’t think the lump Lalitha saw 13 years ago was malignant. But if unexamined, such harmless swellings … Continue reading

YENTHA SPECIAL STORY: Lalitha's Little Game Of Lump And Life-Part I

Manu Remakant, in his narrative brilliance, takes us to the world of Lalitha, who has hidden from her family for 13 years the brooding truth of her breast cancer. A photograph can capture a landscape in a frame, but it can rarely bring in emotions of people as they pose for the camera. Divya keeps one such photo in her wedding album. “I didn’t know why my mother looked so disoriented on one of the most important days in my … Continue reading


Lalitha, 75, mother of six, tells Manu Remakant her story of misfortunes, filial rejection and loneliness, and that she is yet happy. he sun rises against an overcast sky. Deep inside the Jawahar Nagar road here in Trivandrum, a tea shack near a bus-stand slowly gets crowded. What began as muffled mumbling has now grown into raucous noise. In one corner, on a creaky wooden stool sits an old woman — in mundu and neriyathu — sipping tea and silently … Continue reading