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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

YENTHA SPECIAL: Her Onam…

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

The Loser's Game

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Manu Remakant remembers his brother, and tells us committing suicide is a loser’s game. There were signs all over the place. On the rose plant that you did not water for the whole week, on the crumbled papers in the wastebasket in your room, on the hug you gave to your ten-year-old brother who just gaped in wonder suspecting another ruse to cheat him in some game, on the long watery gazes you had on … Continue reading

A Fisherman’s Story

When Henry Benjamin, 44, sets out to sea at 3 am, he is doing what innumerable fishermen from the Kerala coast have done for generations. Henry though, has just returned from a four-year break in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). When Henry Benjamin, 44, sets out to sea at 3 am, he is doing what innumerable fishermen from the Kerala coast have done for generations. Henry though, has just returned from a four-year break in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). … Continue reading