Daughters of Kerala, 2nd Edition: 25 Short Stories by Award-Winning Authors


Translated from the Malayalam by Achamma C. Chandersekaran Introduction by R.E. Asher

Achamma Chandersekaran began her career 40 years ago as a teacher in India. After coming to the United States on a full scholarship to do her undergraduate work, she earned two master’s degrees and worked for many years for the U.S. Department of Commerce. A longtime political activist in the Indian- and Asian- American communities, she lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Chandersekaran was co-translator, along with Dr. R. E. Asher, of three novellas by the late Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The book, Me Grandad ‘Ad an Elephant, was well received in India and elsewhere.  Daughters of Kerala is Mrs. Chandersekaran’s first solo translation project.

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Kerala, one of the smallest states in India, is located in the country’s southwest corner. Known for its great beauty, religious diversity, and zero population growth, the region also boasts an exceptionally high literacy rate—reportedly above 91 percent—resulting in a large readership for books, journals, and newspapers. The quality of Kerala’s literary production is very high, and this anthology represents some of its best short stories.


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