Attupokatha Ormakal invites the reader to a dark place. A space where questions or rather thoughts pays the dear price of emotional and physical bruises more than hurtful losses. Prof. T. J. Joseph’s auto biography deals with the events in his life in the aftermath of the controversy regarding the question paper he prepared while he was the professor of Malayalam in Newman’s college, Thodupuzha which was accused of hurting religious sentiments.
The book deals with how the incident reshaped his family, career and life. He had to face death threats, protests, losing his job and social isolation. In the peak of this mass hysteria, he was attacked by a mob who chopped his hand off. It took a deadly toll on his personal life too, with the death of his wife leaving him to face it all alone.
The memoir gives the reader an up-close and personal narrative of the life of a teacher and a scholar who had to face persecution over his words and thought. It is a sharp reminder of the grave danger of fundamental elements in the society and also depicts the strength of the man to bounce off from this great adversity & pain and come out as strong as ever.