Yakshi, by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, is a novel written in Malayalam and published in 1967. This famous work is all about Srinivasan, working as a Chemistry lecturer in a college. In a laboratory accident, he was disfigured when a glass flask exploded, and the acid within was sprayed all over his face. Although the woman he was in love with leaves him because of his disfigured face, another remarkable, beautiful woman enters his life. She was ready to accept him in spite of his ugly looks. After some time, Srinivasan begins to doubt the very identity of this woman who entered his life and showed him deep affection. Strange things happen, and his life is thrown out of to gear and he slowly came to realize to his dismay that this lovely woman is not really human but a supernatural creature, a yakshi, an ethereal being from an alien world.
Although written many decades ago, Yakshi remains still relevant today, as Ramakrishnan depicts the chauvinistic tendency of the male of accusing women for his own inability, justify his actions, and the unwillingness to accept his own mistakes. The mystery novel has a strong undertone of criticism of the man's disturbing mind-set that seeks reasons to accuse his wife for his own inadequacies.
Yakshi was serialized at first in the prestigious Malayalam weekly, The Mathrubhumi and later published in book form. This fantasy takes the reader down a path of wonder and horror in turns and shows the exemplary talents of the author, Malayattoor Ramakrishnan.
In 1993, Yakshi was telecast in 12 episodes Off the Shelf program of BBC. In 2011, the novel was retold and published as Akam and an English translation was released by Penguin. Other bestsellers from the pen of the author are Verukal, Five Cents of Land, Yanthram, etc. Buy online this paperback book and get it delivered right at your doorstep.