Smaraka Silakal is a Malayalam novel penned by Punathil Kunhabudalla in 1977. The story revolves around a mosque and its surroundings. The key characters of the story are Pookoya Thangal, Kunjali, Aattaby, Eramullan, Adrumaan, Neeli, Paathu and others. The novel is regarded as the author's masterpiece. Published by DC Books in 1993, this 14th edition of the book is a perfect addition to anyone's collection of great Malayalam books.
Punathil Kunhabudalla is a reputed author of many popular Malayalam books. He is a doctor by profession and a modernist writer by passion. Some of his famous works include Paralokam, Navagrahangulude Thadavara, Marunnu, Agnikinavukal, Ente Priyapetta Kathakal, Kure Sthreekal, Pranaya Kathakal, Marichupoya Ente Appanammamarkku, etc. Smaraka Silakal is an award winning novel by Punathil Kunhabudalla. The book has won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 1978 and Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 1980. You can find this book on different online bookstores listed on Junglee.
The captivating narrative of the story revolves around a mosque. Punathil Kunhabudalla introduces the readers to a burial ground, where many extinguished lives have found their final resting place. The characters in the novel are artfully resurrected by the novelist and made to re-enact their roles. The story focuses primarily on the rich Arrakkal family of Khan Bahadur Pukkoyo Thangal. The character of Pukkoyo has a rare personality, with his dignity and benevolence offset by his uncontrollable lust. Readers are also introduced to a love story between Pookunjeebi, a lady belonging to the aristocratic family and Kunjali, a dependant factotum of the family. The story is supplemented by other characters in the novel, with different lifestyles and character traits.
Smaraka Silakal has been translated in English and Tamil. The story has also been adapted as a film in 2009. It has received awards, recognition and fame from critics and reviewers since the first publication. The book is available in paperback binding. It has an ISBN 10 number 8171301819 and ISBN 13 number 9788171301812.