Title: By the River Pampa I Stood
Author: Geeta Abraham Jose
The story revolves around families belonging of the Syrian Christian Community of Kerala, India. The story set in Kerala, involves the Christian Community tied to an ancestral home with hard core “mallu” sounding name, inter-caste marriage complications, joint family squabbles, religious issues, you name it. It is hard to imagine that this book was not inspired by Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things. It has all the parallels of Ms. Roy’s book minus the lengthy description and prose. The central character in the book is the grandmother, and much of the story revolves around the close relationship between her and the grand-daughter.
Its a simple, short and easy read, and despite being a work of fiction, it does give a good insight to the Syrian Christian community, their customs and traditions.
The author is a EE post-graduate from IIT Madras and some portion of the proceeds from the book go Nav Srishti Foundation (an NGO).