• Join Our Mailing List ∇
  • |
  • Sign In
  • |
  • Sign Up
  • |
  • Help
Shopping Bag ( 0 item )

Antharjanam: Memoirs of a Namboodiri Woman

Price : $26.75
ISBN # : 9780198074168
Author : Devaki Nilayamgode
pages: 204
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Published : 2011

Ending the silence of centuries and written without embellishments, this is the first full-length memoirs of a Namboodiri woman. The opening section of this volume is about growing up in an orthodox and affluent Namboodiri household in the early decades of the 20th century situated in erstwhile Malabar. Its focus is very deliberately women and young girls.

In the enormous Pakavoor Illam, their hours filled with sombre routine chores of ritual baths and plain clothes, no flowers or jewellery, left to the care of maids, and deprived of parental love, young Namboodiri girls grew up detached from their more privileged brothers. Illness, the rare visits of traders, beautiful Nair cousins and doctors enlivened an otherwise unbearably dreary life. Told without a trace of self-pity, Devaki Nilayamgode's work is a remarkable feat in personal and social history. The detailed Introduction by J. Devika helps set the context of the work.

Later narratives in the book record the winds of change that brought radical ideas into these dim interiors. The memoirs unfold a variety of experiences that range from changing agricultural practices, indigenous systems of anti-snake-venom treatment, and escoteric patterns of medical practice to the gradual erosion of the community's wealth and unquestioned social power.

Features Reveals the inside story of a largely insular community Includes a comprehensive Introduction



Devaki Nilayamgode (b. 1928) was raised in an orthodox Namboodiri home. Not formally educated, her language skills were part of the training that an antharjanam traditionally received at home.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 13 June, 2011.
Reviews


You may also like these Books

Author:Kumar, M.
price:$19.75
Author:Pandey, M.
price:$158.00
Author:Kamala Ganesh, Usha Thakkar & Gita Chadha
price:$34.75
Author:Naseema Hurzuk
price:$14.75
Author:Basu Rai & Pari Sri Raman (Ed.)
price:$10.75
Author:Editors: Simon Charsley and Laxmi Narayan Kadekar
price:$38.00

Facebook Likes

Deal of the Day

Guide to Indian Markets (Thoroughly Revised & Updated - Second Edition)
Author: MRUC & Hansa Research
Price: $449.75 $359.75
History of Indian Nation (set of 4 volumes)
Author: Muzzaffar H. Syed, Anil Kumar & B.D. Usmani
Price: $339.75 $271.75
Rabindra Chitravali: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore (4 volume box set)
Author: Rabindra Chitravali
Price: $649.75 $519.75
Christian Themes in Indian Art from Mughal Times to the Present
Author: A. Amaldass and G. Lowner
Price: $139.75 $105.00
Ancient Indian Tradition and Mythology (72 vols)
Author: G.P. Bhatt & J.L. Shastri
Price: $1,799.00 $1,439.00
Sacred Books of the East (50 Volumes)
Author: F. Max-Muller
Price: $899.00 $719.00
Gandhi and Ambedkar: Saviours of Untouchables of
Author: Sheshrao Chavan
Price: $28.00 $22.00
Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier
Author: Imtiaz Gul
Price: $26.95 $14.75
Handcrafted Indian Textiles: Tradition And Beyond
Author: Martand Singh, Rta Kapur Chishti and Rahul Jain
Price: $89.75 $80.00
City of Joy
Author: Dominique Lapierre
Price: $15.00 $10.00
Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: An Exposition 2 Vols
Author: Chhaganlal G Kaji
Price: $29.75 $34.75
Ananya: A Portrait of India
Author: SN Nirmal & K Mattoo Sridhar
Price: $90.00 $59.75
Universality of the Sikh Religion
Author: Dr. Jaspal Singh Mayell
Price: $31.50 $24.75
Keep Up with Us.

South Asia Books, located at Columbia, Missouri - mid-way between St Louis and Kansas City, USA, has since its start in 1969 evolved from a supplier of rare volumes from India and Pakistan to the major supplier for India related monographs for bookstores, wholesalers, libraries, and individuals.
South Asia Books is known to be the best collection of books on South Asia available outside of the region itself! Its stock includes thousands of titles available for sale, plus thousands of other used and single title books, including a large selection of art history and language related texts.
South Asia Books adds approximately 1,000 new titles annually, representing most of the major Indian publishers, including Motilal, DK, Manohar, Abhinav, Vikas, Eastern Book Linkers, Rawat, and Satguru. Orders can be done from throughout the World.