Cities of Kerala, actually small towns
|Specifications:||160 pages, 120 illustrations|
|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.
Thiruvananthapuram / City of a Horizontal God
Kollam / Urbanization in Tourism’s Own Landscape
Alleppey / A Hidden Fortress Made of Water
Kottayam / The Hills Are Moist
Kochi / The Other City
Thrissur / Round and Around the Town
Palakkad / Some Threads Including the Sacred
Kozhikode / Yesterday and Today
Kannur / Monumental, Monolithic
Dileep Raj and Reshma Bharadwaj