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Thottuva Tales of an Ox, an Elephant and a River

Author Name: Johny Chengalan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

Buffaloes and oxen normally do not lock horns. What would be the outcome if they do? The contest would be a short-lived affair resulting in the victory of the stronger buffalo. This popular notion is challenged by a feeble male calf on the verge of death. Under the loving care of a cattle-loving household, the calf grows into a beautiful and strong ox. He takes on several hitherto unbeaten heroes to become the undisputed champion among the oxen of the locality. He then dares to challenge the supremacy of a buffalo. Will the ox merge victorious in this contest? 

Ayyappankutty, a tame elephant gone berserk, becomes a threat to life and property in the hamlet of Thottuva. He wreaks havoc on the south bank of the river Periyar in Kerala for nearly a week. The Travancore Maharaja deputes his sharp-shooting police officer to account for the menacing beast. A diminutive mahout has a different plan. Both converge in Thottuva on the same day. Will Ayyappankutty fall to the bullets of Veeran Mudaliar? Will the courageous mahout bring him into submission and save his life?

River Periyar’s magnificent sandbank in Thottuva is ravaged by the sand mining unions with the government agencies remaining mute spectators. Rivalry among the unions affects normal life. While the riverbed sinks by several metres due to both lawful and unlawful sand mining, the vice of liquor addiction overpowers several young men, disrupting their family life. The protagonist, Jivan, a silent and innocent teetotaller, gradually takes to drinking with very dangerous consequences!  

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Johny Chengalan

Johny Chengalan is a native of Kerala, India. He is the third among the ten surviving children born to Souru and Mariam, who struggled a great deal to bring up the family. His parents led a frugal life all the while maintaining the highest level of integrity. He was schooled in Kerala. He obtained a Master’s degree in history with gold medal from the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He found his passion in teaching and worked as a teacher in private schools in Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Later, he joined Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Khumbong) in Manipur, in 1996, as a postgraduate teacher of History, from where he was transferred to Kottayam, Kerala. In 2005, he joined Saint Peter’s Senior Secondary School, Kadayiruppu, Ernakulam, Kerala, as its principal. He had brief stints as the principal of CBSE schools in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and in Porbandar, Gujarat. Currently, he serves as the director of Christava Mahilalayam Schools in Aluva, Kerala. He has inspired his students to aspire for the best in life and contribute their mite to the society they live in. His work reflects his areas of interest, namely history and school education.

Thottuva Tales of an Ox, an Elephant and a River is his first work.

 

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