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Paleri Manikyam: Oru pathirakolapathakathinte Katha is the original Malayalam novel by T.P Rajeevan. Based on the real life incidence, it narrates the story of a murder case. Undying Echoes of Silence is a novel which the author has penned in both Malayalam and English.
Kerala in 1950s—an era of transition from feudal system to modern democracy. The state elected its own government for the first time in Indian political history. The infamous Manikyam murder case was the first officially recorded crime against a woman in Kerala. The author attempts to explore the actual reason and the convicts behind the murder.
Manikyam, a young girl, came to Paleri as the wife of Pokkan, the assistant sorcerer of the village. One day, the whole village was stunned to hear the death of Manikyam who tied the knot only a fortnight ago.
Many parallel stories about her murder spread in the village along with her mother-in-law Cheeru’s claim that she died of epileptic seizures. After the special investigation it was found that the girl was molested and murdered. The protagonist embarks into the inquest to unveil the truth and acquitted.
The novel was also adapted on silver screen with same Malayalam title in 2009.
T.P. Rajeevan is a poet and novelist hailing from Paleri in Kozhikode. He pens in both English and Malayalam. His poems were published in the United States and Europe. His major novels in Malayalam are Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha and KTN Kottoor: Ezhuthum Jeevithavum, a series penned for Mathrubhumi Weekly. He writes reviews for The Hindu.