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ആരാച്ചാര്‍ [Aarachar] Award Winning Novel Aarachaar Executioner Is A Story Based On The Indian Culture Of Caste And Religion Set In Bengal, It Tells The Story Of A Family Of Executioners With A Long Lineage, Beginning In The Fourth Century BC The Protagonist Of The Novel, Chetna, Is A Strong And Tenacious Woman Who Struggles To Inherit This ProfessionAccording To Noted Literary Critic M Leelavathy, Aarachaar Is One Of The Best Literary Works Produced In Malayalam And Follows The Legacy Of O V Vijayan S Classic Work Khasakkinte Itihasam The Novel Received The Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award It Was Also Awarded The Prestigious Odakkuzhal Award In And Vayalar Award In Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.Hangwoman by K R Meera is a translated novel from India that opens with the main character being asked to take up the position of the first hangwoman of India The novel is about what it is to be a woman in a society where men dictate what happens to your life, your body, and your home The main character, Chetna Grddha Mullick, observes the way her life is shaped by the actions of her father and a journalist hell bent on possessing her body and t Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.Hangwoman by K R Meera is a translated novel from India that opens with the main character being asked to take up the position of the first hangwoman of India The novel is about what it is to be a woman in a society where men dictate what happens to your life, your body, and your home The main character, Chetna Grddha Mullick, observes the way her life is shaped by the actions of her father and a journalist hell bent on possessing her body and time.All the characters in the novel are utterly repulsive and untrustworthy, the latter being also true of the main character I m not opposed to reading about dislikable characters but there seems to be no rhyme or rhythm to any action or reaction that plays out When Chetna first meets the journalist intending to cover the experience of her first hanging, Sanjeev Kumar Mitra, he tells her, I want to fuck you at least once , and steals their family coin Despite the shocking way in which this meeting occurs, Chetna is intensely attracted to Sanjeev and continuously seeks his attention even after his assaults and insults persist There s absolutely no explanation or reasoning for this and in the same breath that she hates him for abusing her and her family, she also craves his affection in ways that completely baffle me.Further, in the beginning of every chapter, the reader is bombarded with a myriad of stories, myths, and histories Even as an Indian, with the ability to distinguish and pronounce names, phrases, and terms, the sheer count of stories thrown in this book is suffocating Being that the writer is from Kerala but writes the story set in Bengal, it seems she spent months researching Bengal and decided she s going to fit in every single sentence from her notes into the novel It s unnecessary, it considerably weighs the book down from its accomplishments, and, as I predict, will discourage many readers from finishing the novel.That novel also hasthan a few repetitive chapters and there are large portions of the novel that can be completely omitted without losing sight of any plot movement To be blunt, only the first and final quarters of the book are worth reading Everything in between can be skipped and the reader would have no trouble absorbing the purpose of the novel The first quarter builds up a good setting, even with the weak characterizations, and the final quarter contains some beautifully written scenes of Chetna s moments of self realization scenes that, in my opinion, have a lot to offer to the contemporary battles of feminism in India.In the end, I think Hangwoman has some very thoughtful moments of feminist introspection but the poor way in which the characters motivations are handled and the excessive amount of chapters will likely it keep it from reaching many readers I can t honestly say I d recommend it to most people, unless you re really keen on reading a translated Indian novel and there s no other in sight 3.5Depressing, grim powerhouse, and yet beautifully crafted.The kind of book which shouldn t be kept on your shelf, rather hanging from the roof with a noose around it.It was a difficult read because of extreme negativity of characters Had many sleepless nights due to this.Within the main plot, there are 45 50 short stories about hanging and death.Unbelievable descriptions of Kolkata coming from a Malayalam writer The writing is extraordinarily good I read the English translation 51 chapter 3.5Depressing, grim powerhouse, and yet beautifully crafted.The kind of book which shouldn t be kept on your shelf, rather hanging from the roof with a noose around it.It was a difficult read because of extreme negativity of characters Had many sleepless nights due to this.Within the main plot, there are 45 50 short stories about hanging and death.Unbelievable descriptions of Kolkata coming from a Malayalam writer The writing is extraordinarily good I read the English translation 51 chapters, and every chapter is packed with a punch Too bad I couldn t handle all that grimness Hated almost every charcter.Highly recommended if you like dark and powerful writing Sheer brilliance manifesting as a very grim, morose, turbulent tale told with maximum impact upon readers.The story of.a 22 year old girl, Chetana who is from a family of hangmen who practiced their trade from a time when Bengal, or even Jesus Christ wasn t born.Chetana is urged to take up the job of Hangwoman as her father is getting senile and the family needs a working member.And the Indian government is not too keen to provide her with that particular job, which would really have gone to Ram Sheer brilliance manifesting as a very grim, morose, turbulent tale told with maximum impact upon readers.The story of.a 22 year old girl, Chetana who is from a family of hangmen who practiced their trade from a time when Bengal, or even Jesus Christ wasn t born.Chetana is urged to take up the job of Hangwoman as her father is getting senile and the family needs a working member.And the Indian government is not too keen to provide her with that particular job, which would really have gone to Ramu da , her much elder brother, for whom fate had nasty plans.Phanibhushan, her 88 year old father is a tough nut to.crack.Sanjeev Mitra, the ever opportunistic news reporter finds Chetna and her family as a means of increasing his channel s TRP.Chetana and Sanjeev are attracted to each other, not in a necessarily pleasant way.With this background the scintillating tale unfolds.I felt like being given a crash course on hangmandship and.the history of Bengal region from historic times through Indian partition upto the present, flavored with the personal histories of her ancestors.Chetana is most easily one of the strongest women I have come across in fiction, and Ramu da , one of the most pitiable.I would recommend this book to all people who love a grim tale,and would advise the weak hearted to stay clear.This is one book that can remain with you and niggle at your innards for a long, long time.My reading buddies for this venture Gorab and Rebecca Thank you The Hangwoman Arachar in malayalam is one of the grimmest yarns you will ever read Chetna Mullick is a heroine you ll remember for long and also recall how many relatives she had A tale that had a hanging of a rapist as a backdrop and world s first Hangwoman is bound to have a lot to say on death 70% of the book has tales, subplots, history, mythology of hangings victims introduced through their hangmen The author slips in a few real hangings and stories that keeps you guessing which is The Hangwoman Arachar in malayalam is one of the grimmest yarns you will ever read Chetna Mullick is a heroine you ll remember for long and also recall how many relatives she had A tale that had a hanging of a rapist as a backdrop and world s first Hangwoman is bound to have a lot to say on death 70% of the book has tales, subplots, history, mythology of hangings victims introduced through their hangmen The author slips in a few real hangings and stories that keeps you guessing which is which.22 year old chetna is appointed a Hangwoman to help her 88 year old hangman father for a hanging with a lot of media attention Sanjeev Kumar is a media hawk who preys on the girl s feelings sexually abusing her too and the dad s greed to get an exclusive All the men almost invariably harass or underwrite Chetna.From 80% onwards the book flies and gets the readers rooting for Chetna By the time I reached there, I already had encountered countless pointless stories and needlesS tragedies that I had given the book a mega serial status.The book has covered Kolkata in all its glories Some of the stories give you goosebumps Pingalakeshni, manasa As too many relatives can spoil a party so too can too many relative histories.No mean effort the writing and the reading Took me almost a month to read this book But boy What a ride it was I consider it as an accomplishment of sorts as I read the Malayalam original The story revolves around Chethana the hang woman, her musings and her narrations from her vast store of ancestral memories Though some of the stories were outright cruel loved most of them especially Pingalakeshinis The mood of the book is that of pathos and there is a feministic undertone Though initially I did not like any of the characters, Took me almost a month to read this book But boy What a ride it was I consider it as an accomplishment of sorts as I read the Malayalam original The story revolves around Chethana the hang woman, her musings and her narrations from her vast store of ancestral memories Though some of the stories were outright cruel loved most of them especially Pingalakeshinis The mood of the book is that of pathos and there is a feministic undertone Though initially I did not like any of the characters, in the end I found myself rooting for Chethu The Gruddha Mallick family got the position of an executioner as a legacy which the family marks out from four hundred years ago Mallick is the only family who has witnessed many incidences which makes a note in the Indian history Chetna Mallick belongs to such a family Chetna s father Phonibhushan, who too followed the family work of execution, has hangedthan 450 convicts till death To continue this family legacy, there is no male member in the family At this scenario, twenty two yea The Gruddha Mallick family got the position of an executioner as a legacy which the family marks out from four hundred years ago Mallick is the only family who has witnessed many incidences which makes a note in the Indian history Chetna Mallick belongs to such a family Chetna s father Phonibhushan, who too followed the family work of execution, has hangedthan 450 convicts till death To continue this family legacy, there is no male member in the family At this scenario, twenty two year old Chetna is appointed as the first woman executioner in the country as the successor to her father.Though Chetna takes the service as executioner a shocking turn of events results in a murder within the family a savage crime that could result in Chetna having to hang a Gruddha Mallick The lurid pleasures of voyeurism and the brutal ironies of violence are kept in agile balance as the drama of Chetna s life hurtles to its inevitable climax.The Aarachar was very intense and strong and sometimes unpalatable in its own way But it haunts the reader.I liked the book very much, mainly because of the narration,and the interconnected stories of innumerable deaths and history of executioners but I don t know how many other people will like this But the truth is that those stories made this a good book.The criticism on modern journalism,sarcastic remarks of the author regarding the social obligations rules of modern day human beings,be it a man woman are all excellent in this book.In preface it is said that it is a modern classic which is absolutely true in every sense.The character portrayal and the description of kolkata with its culture is awesome Kolkata is captured in all its glory and decadence through out the pages.Even though the story drags a bit,which have been rectified by a proper editing,I will recommend this novel to my friends,which is a worth reading This magnificent piece of work is a must read milestone in contemporary Malayalam literature Intertwined by myths, history, ancestral stories, detailed depictions of Kolkata streets and the inner depths of the female protagonist, this book is going to live for centuries The popularity this book receives is not over hyped but well deserved. Chetna Now, that s A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH OMG The strongest and mightiest female character ever in Malayalam literature atleast in my humble opinion An extraordinary book , that deals with the topic of Capital Punishment, the long and fascinating history of the Hangman family of the Grudha Malliks and so muchThe atmosphere it creates in the reader s mind is just so intruiging and at the same time so haunting, relevant, scathing, brilliant and reveting The story is Chetna Now, that s A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH OMG The strongest and mightiest female character ever in Malayalam literature atleast in my humble opinion An extraordinary book , that deals with the topic of Capital Punishment, the long and fascinating history of the Hangman family of the Grudha Malliks and so muchThe atmosphere it creates in the reader s mind is just so intruiging and at the same time so haunting, relevant, scathing, brilliant and reveting The story is so well crafted and is filled with legends, myths and historical backstories which fits so, so well with the situations and ties the whole story together and forms that perfect final picture We getthan we could ask for, the fascinating history of Kolkota, the 1200 year old epic legends of the Grudda Malliks , stories, stories, andstories, and that s quite an offer I can t refuse And this perfect juxtaposition of the myths and imaginative with the realistic is what makes it unique and special.Meera so perfectly and effectively attacks and criticises the outrageous , inappropriate and disgusting behaviour of today s media, the attitude of the society towards women and the the lower class, the traditional system in India at that time and, even now of profession being based on one s cast and religion, and the book covers so many areas like, love, sex, death, life, karma, fate, life after death, and is full of profound philosophical thoughts and views The characters are so solid and well built and are very interesting, Phonibhushan Grudha Mallik, Dhakkuma, Sanjiv Kumar Mitra, Manobendra Bose, and CHETNA , like the hilsa fish that swims against the current for thousands of miles to finally reach it s destiny, her character alone is enough to make this a masterpiece A unique book, that deserves all the awards and praise it got I read the original Malayalam language edition, but I believe the English translation is equally good Shortlisted for the South Asian Literary Award Hats off to K.R Meera for this brilliant book and hoping to seeworks of her in the future.Thanks for reading I m still in Kolkata I think It s crazy how this book stays with you long after you ve finished it and even moved on to the next book I think the protagonist in this book is as much the city as it is Chetna Grddha Mullick I m not going to give a synopsis of the story that s not how reviews work, IMO First off 3 cheers to the translator J Devika for a stupendous job of translating this from Malayalam Not even for a minute did it feel like a translated work which is a distraction for me I m still in Kolkata I think It s crazy how this book stays with you long after you ve finished it and even moved on to the next book I think the protagonist in this book is as much the city as it is Chetna Grddha Mullick I m not going to give a synopsis of the story that s not how reviews work, IMO First off 3 cheers to the translator J Devika for a stupendous job of translating this from Malayalam Not even for a minute did it feel like a translated work which is a distraction for me, esp if I know the original language which in this case, I do She s got the nuances and the evocative nature of the prose spot on For once, I didn t really mind not reading the original.Hangwoman is a story of stories The history that permeates every second of the lives of the Grddha Mullick family finds a way to enter our world too We lose track of time, of space and sometimes, our self I loved the way K R Meera has used the hangman and his daughter as master storytellers and spun tale after tale of courage, perseverance, revenge, betrayal and every other human emotion that has changed the course of history It s not just the hangwoman we read about, it is also about all those before her who moved through their times so it all culminates in a single moment when she has to decide whether or not to pull the lever I was surprised to know that the author was never a resident of Kolkata and she merely visited the city a couple of times for the sake of the book It does not read like that The glimpses we get of the Bengali way of life authentic or not, I wouldn t know is hard hitting and the imagery is unforgettable Why then have I given only 4 stars and not 5 Wellbecause of the textbook K R Meera heroine being a wee bit unbelievable I had this problem with Gospel of Yudas too the female protagonist in both books are alike they have extremely strong feelings towards the man and there just seems no basis on why and how the feelings got so powerful Somehow for me it doesn t seem real Maybe it s an exaggeration it s perfectly fine to do that in a work of fiction, but for me personally, the lack of plausibility when juxtaposed against the reality of the supporting narrative somehow makes it seem hollow and wellobviously exaggerated Might just be me That said, I liked Chetna better than Prema Hangwoman will always be a memorable read for me and it s arguably one of the best works in Indian writing


About the Author: K.R. Meera

K.R Meera is an Indian author, who writes in Malayalam She won Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009 for her short story, Ave Maria.She has also been noted as a screenplay writer of 4 serials.Meera was born in Sasthamkotta, Kollam district in Kerala.She worked as a journalist in Malayala Manorama, later resigned to concentrateon writing She is also a well known column writer in Malayalam


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