Delhi Gaadhakal (Tales from Delhi) is a novel by Mukundan M. portraying the events of life that have influenced the life of the author during the 40 years that he has spent in New Delhi. This Malayalam novel has a protagonist, Sahadevan, who witnessed the shock of his life when he landed in the city of Delhi and heard the news of Chinese attack on India. The novel won critical appraisals and went on to become one of the bestselling books of the year.
The novel has been presented in the backdrop of New Delhi, beginning with the Sino-Indian War that was a jolt for the Left movement in India. The author had traveled to Delhi in the year 1962 in search of a job and over the years, he witnessed how the city radically transformed from a small village hub to a megapolis. Mukundan also narrates the impact of 1965 and 1971 wars against Pakistan on the people of Delhi and their lives. However, the most important section of the novel covers 1975 Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. He also described the assassination of Indira Gandhi in the year 1984 and subsequent anti-Sikh riots in one section of the novel.
Delhi Gaadhakal narrates the story of Delhi through the eyes of a young Malayali protagonist, Sahadevan, who landed up in the capital of India securing a job in a travel agency. His hopes and aspirations were buried deep down when he learns that China had attacked India. The Sino-Indian War and a glimpse of Old Delhi, as a small village amid cauliflower and wheat fields, forms the first few chapters of the novel. The following chapters present important historical incidents; ending with a dream sequence where dying Sahadevan sees thousands of beggars storming the Parliament.
The author had been most successful in painting Delhi in a huge canvas, with interesting visualizations and imagery.
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