The Exhumation: An Excerpt from ‘The View from Kollam’

The sun beat mercilessly down on the assembled crowd which had surrounded a house and its grounds. Over 300 people had thronged the site. To one side were parked two police jeeps and a van, with my car carefully parked in a shaded spot that diligent Sreedharan Pillai had found. Half a dozen policemen kept… Continue reading The Exhumation: An Excerpt from ‘The View from Kollam’

Flag Hoisting at the DC’s Bungalow

One of the drawbacks of studying at a boarding school is that one is condemned to rising at the crack of dawn for the rest of one’s life, even on Sundays and other holidays. Having been hauled out of bed at an ungodly hour from the age of six to the sound of a braying… Continue reading Flag Hoisting at the DC’s Bungalow

Of Divorce and Income Certificates. An extract from ‘The View from Kollam’

‘We are not man and wife. We are divorced.’ This statement took me by surprise as the speaker was an ordinary middle-aged man, looking exactly like the college professor that he actually was. The prim, neatly attired woman sitting by his side looked what the headmistress of a high school should look like. Their pleasant… Continue reading Of Divorce and Income Certificates. An extract from ‘The View from Kollam’

The Census and the Merchant Ship – A chapter from ‘The View from Kollam’

The gangway was lowered in silence as the harbour launch that brought the collector, the DSP, his fellow officers, me and the tehsildar from the port to the large cargo ship at anchor some distance away bobbed around in the high swells. [...] As we climbed up the narrow gangway along the steep sides of… Continue reading The Census and the Merchant Ship – A chapter from ‘The View from Kollam’