Rosy Thomas’s best-known work, ‘He, My Beloved C J’, is an intimate and heartfelt memoir of her husband, C J Thomas, the iconic Malayalam playwright and literary critic. Their love story is the stuff that legends are made of, as is her memoir. Rosy writes about their life together with verve and subtlety, weaving memories, reflections, and anecdotes together, to create an account that is as much about the cultural and political churning in mid-20th c. Kerala, as it is that of an unusual and unconventional marriage.
Yet her narrative resolutely refuses to either romanticise love or sentimentalise the marital relationship itself. Indeed, through a clever use of humour and irony, Rosy manages to subvert prevalent notions of wifehood, even those held by C J himself! ‘He, My Beloved C J’, then, is a woman’s loving rendering of a partnership that included literary pursuits, cultural activity, and political engagement, in all their energy and diversity.
Translated from Malayalam by G Anurima