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Indulekha is a Malayalam language novel.It is about a beautiful, well educated lady of a Nair tharavadu by Chandu Menon.The novel was written at a time when there was an emerging class of upper caste men (mostly Nairs) who received a Western style education, and were achieving prominent positions in British India. The period was a clash of cultures, as the educated Indians were torn between Western ideals and traditional practices. The Nambudiri Brahmins of Kerala, had traditionally had marital relations with Nayar women, known as Sambandham, since only the oldest Nambudiri youth was allowed to marry a Brahmin girl. The younger sons were encouraged to have Sambandham with Nayar women, in order to maintain male primogeniture, since the children born from such relations belonged to their mother's family. The matriarchy practiced by the Nayars was also coming under attack during this period. Many of the Nambudiri men, though learned in Vedas and Sanskrit, had little knowledge of English and Western sciences. The novel highlights the lack of willingness of the Nambudiris to adapt to the change of times, as well as the struggle by Nayar women to break out of the age-old principle of Sambandham, which had little relevance during the late 19th century.


Novel Detail


Language:Malayalam
Publisher:Not Available
Author:Chandu Menon
Genre:Novel
Year:1889
Characters:Madhavan,Soori Namboothiri,Indulekha's Mother Lakshmikkutti Amma,Panju Menon,Indulekha


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