2007

Cities of Kerala, actually small towns

Edited by: Baiju Natarajan
Photographs by: Ramu Aravindan
Binding: Hardcover
Specifications: 160 pages, 120 illustrations
ISBN: 978-81-85026-84-8
Dimensions: 280 x 215 mm

In Kerala, it is difficult to distinguish cities, towns, and villages. From Thiruvananthapuram in the south to Kannur in the north, it is one suburban stretch, at times village-like, at times city-like. As much as 75 per cent of Keralites continue to reside in villages which are fast becoming urban. This book depicts present-day life in nine major cities and towns of Kerala through essays, specially taken photographs, and sketches. Most of the writers are Keralites and have brought out the very urban, semi-urban, semi-rural mix that is as much a part of the Kerala landscape as its coastline, forests, and plantations.

Baiju Natarajan observes contemporary Kerala and reflects on Indian poetics, both resources for writing. He works as a consultant and researcher for media projects.

Foreword
Pratapaditya Pal

Introduction
Baiju Natarajan

Thiruvananthapuram / City of a Horizontal God
Paul Zacharia

Kollam / Urbanization in Tourism’s Own Landscape
Annapurna Garimella

Alleppey / A Hidden Fortress Made of Water
Baiju Natarajan

Kottayam / The Hills Are Moist
C.R. Omanakuttan

Kochi / The Other City
T.V. Sajeev

Thrissur / Round and Around the Town
Nalini Jameela

Palakkad / Some Threads Including the Sacred
E.P. Unny

Kozhikode / Yesterday and Today
M.G.S. Narayanan

Kannur / Monumental, Monolithic
Dileep Raj and Reshma Bharadwaj