Khasakkinte Itihasam: 1 is an inspiring novel, that was first published in Malayalam in 1969. it revolves around Ravi, a bright student of astrophysics.
In Khasakkinte Itihasam: 1, Ravi gets an offer to join Princeton University. All is going well in his life, until he has an illegitimate affair with his step-mother. He gets overcome by guilt and shame, and decides to drop out from college. He abandons the life that he knows, and goes off on a pilgrimage. The protagonist finds himself in a small village called Khasak, near Palakkad. Eventually, he opens up an informal single-teacher school with the help of the District Board. Khasakkinte Itihasam: 1 introduces readers to the lives of the people who reside in Khasak. Through Ravi’s interactions with colourful characters, like Appukkili, Kunhamina, Unipparadi, and others, the author narrates numerous tales. The readers get introduced to the legends, superstitions, and myths that the people of this village believe. Ravi’s stay in Khasak takes him into a philosophical and spiritual journey, and he tries to balance his thoughts with scientific reasonings. With time, this young man starts to find answers to questions he has asked himself for years. However, when his lover calls him up, Ravi will have to figure out what to do.
Khasakkinte Itihasam: 1 is an enchanting novel, that has many dimensions. The malayalam 36th DCB edition, published by D C Books in 1990, is available in paperback.
- Khasakkinte Itihasam: 1 has also been translated into English, German, and French.
- This book has had fifty reprints in the last four decades, making it the most popular and largest-selling novel in South Asia.