Oru Theruvinte Katha is written by S. K. Pottekkatt, one of the most popular writers in Malayalam. The title of the novel translates as The Tale of a Street. The novel is developed around a number of characters and their lives, who live on a street in Kozhikode and sleep under the stars. Life on the road is tougher than it seems. The author realistically describes the challenges and difficulties of the roofless. Their existential battle against all the obstacles destiny puts in their way, and their search for happiness through the rubble of woes find beautiful and touching expression in the novel.
The author of the novel, Sankaran Kutty Pottekkatt, or S. K. Pottekkatt, wrote close to sixty books. He was at once an author, a poet, a playwright and an avid traveller. His novels, short stories, poems, plays and travelogues are adored as some of the greatest literary works in Malayalam. He was honoured with the Kerala Sahitya Academy award for this novel in the year 1961. For another of his famous novels?Oru Desathinte Katha, or The Story of a Locale?Pottekkatt S K won the Janpith Award. Many of his popular Malayalam books are available for online purchase in India. Before buying books from an online bookstore, compare various prices of your chosen book, as offered by online retailers listed on Junglee.com and select the lowest price possible.
In the novel, the protagonist Krishnakuruppu sells newspapers. Often called Paper Kuruppu, he shouts a phrase ad nauseam, between the headlines of the day, as if to make people aware of an imaginary, difficult situation. The father of a ten-year-old, Kuruppu struggles to make ends meet on his inadequate income and raise his daughter as decently as possible. Radha is the adorable daughter of Kuruppu, who has a penchant for growing rose shrubs. She shares her liking with Lazar, who eventually develops a fondness for her. The novel has myriad characters with varied shades and facets. Prostitutes, vagrants, businessmen, beggars and street urchins come to life in the novel.
Published in the year 1960, the novel enjoyed instant success. Readers and critics complimented the novel for its realistic narrative and depiction of characters. This edition of the book has 290 pages. The ISBN 10 number of the book is 8171305792 and the ISBN 13 number of the book is 978-8171305797.