The Curry Coast: Travels in Malabar 500 Years After Vasco Da Gama

315.00

Author: Binoo K. John

9789386050687 | PB | pp. 350 | 2016 | Speaking Tiger

The Curry Coast: Travels in Malabar 500 Years After Vasco Da Gama by Binoo K. John combining history, travel writing and scholarship about Malabar and Kerala.

Ships in 2-4 days

Only 1 left in stock

Spread the love

Description

Retracing the footsteps of explorer Vasco da Gama 500 years after his arrival on the shores of Calicut, Binoo K. John finds himself in a land of graceful rivers, serene beaches and lush, tropical greenery. At the Kochi and St Angelo forts, where battles were fought between local kings and Portuguese, Dutch, English and French invaders from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, Binoo sees the foundations of a diverse, cosmopolitan society being laid. From his studies of the social reform, Marxist, Communist and Naxalite movements which swept Kerala before and after Independence, Binoo gains an insight into how one of India’s most socially and politically aware states was shaped. And, over three extensive journeys in Kerala, Binoo finds a state shedding its revolutionary past to embrace consumerism, a populace restless to leave its moorings and creeping fundamentalism. Anecdotes and asides intersperse this grand narrative of ancient and contemporary history and enliven it—a meeting with the 96-year-old Zamorin, whose ancestors welcomed da Gama to Calicut and one with the tribals of Mananthawady district where the Naxalite movement took root in Kerala in the 1960s; visits to vast ship-building yards and to exotic spice markets. And, with a sense of occasionally bittersweet homecoming, Binoo indulges in the region’s trademark culinary delicacies—egg-topped Alkapuri biryani, Chettinad prawn, neymeen fish curry and the ‘touchingz’ which go with the drinks. Effortlessly combining history, travel writing and scholarship, The Curry Coast will tell you all that you wanted to know about Malabar and Kerala.

Additional information

Author:

Binoo K. John

ISBN:

9789386050687

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

350

Year of Publication:

2016

Publisher:

Speaking Tiger

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Binoo K. John is the author of the best-selling Entry from Backside Only: Hazaar Fundas of Indian-English. His travelogue Under a Cloud: Life in Cherrapunjee, Wettest Place on Earth was termed ‘one of the finest pieces of Indian travel writing ever.

Shipping

This book will be shipped in 2-4 working days’ time. The time taken for you to receive the book after it is shipped will depend upon the mode you choose, while completing your purchase. The rates applicable for each mode are different.

You will be informed after the order is shipped.

Shipping costs depend on the mode chosen, the weight of the item, and the distance it will travel to reach its destination. Shipping costs will be charged depending on the weight of the entire purchase (if more than one book is purchased). The same shipping mode will apply to all products in such a case.

Join Waitlist We will inform you when the product arrives in stock. Please leave your valid email address below.
X
× Help Via Chat