Adukkalayil Ninnu Arangathekku by Bhattathiripad V T is based on a play that was first performed in 1929 at Edakkunnu near Thrissur in the annual meeting of the Namboothiri Yogakshema Sabha. This book is a literary work which has a very strong social objective and throws light on the old social structure of the Namboothiri culture where young girls were married to much older Namboothiri men.
The book Adukkalayil Ninnu Arangathekku revolves around the love story of Madhavan and Thethi of Vilayoor Illam and the circumstances in which they get married. Madhavan gives up studying the Vedas and instead joins formal education. This progress invites serious negative repercussions from the society. His love interest Thethi is then forced to get married to the 60 year old Karkkadankunnu Achan Namboothiri against her will. Thethi's brother Kunchu is, however, against this marriage and informs Madhavan about the situation immediately. Madhavan and Kunchu then plot together to keep Karkkadankunnu Achan Namboothiri away and Madhavan secretly gets married to Thethi. The priest who performed the wedding rites himself speaks against the practice of marrying young girls to old Namboothiri men post the wedding.
Adukkalayil Ninnu Arangathekku portrays the young men as representing the cause of liberation of women that were considered crucial for the reformation of society at that time. The book emphasizes the various issues like early widowhood caused by marrying young girls to older men and also discusses the old Namboothiri customs and practices. The book supports modern education of women and their liberation and opposes the dowry system which was widely prevalent at that time.
Vellithruthi Thazhathu Karutha Patteri Raman Bhattathiripad, fondly known as VT was an Indian social critic, freedom fighter and dramatist. Born in 1896, in a small village, in Kerala, VT was way ahead of his times and held progressive views on widow remarriage, inter-caste marriages and other societal and caste issues. Buy Adukkalayil Ninnu Arangathekku online today before stock runs out. This paperback book is listed with the ISBN number of 8171303641.