With a creative and satirical exploration of present-day India, Unni. R in his debut novel, Prathi Poovankozhi presents the unpalatable realities of the current social and political climate as simple as a folktale. Set in a village in Kerala, the novel progresses through the life of Kochukuttan, Naniyamma, the villagers and the village itself. The crow of the cock lends its voice for protest forming the essence of the novel.
Individuals and communities can experience various forms of intolerance. The write chooses a style that doesn’t say it all yet proves his point, which itself is a form of protest. There is no straight forward transaction involved. Each page is a foreword to the invisible pages that the author leaves the reader to visualise. Sarcasm is deployed without getting anyone hurt (maybe Papu maplai and friends!). The central character Kochukuttan represents an ordinary individual who is both angry and confused about the existing norms of the community he lives in. Kochukuttan is the only person who shows concern when the septuagenarian is in trouble. He shows humanity and tries to stay logical when everything around him turns out to be illogical. In fact, he is the mirror image of every person that stands out in a society, only to be tortured by the latter and yet remain true to himself. His displeasure is represented through the crowing of the cock, hence painting a livid picture of the suppressed fury within the individual.
The author uses a simple and colloquial diction in the book to express powerful emotions. He believes that no religious philosophy can save the common man except the foundation of our societal existence, the Constitution, has presented the same in his book. When the fundamental freedom of man is subjugated, the society is moving not towards a compromising situation, but a dangerous apocalypse. He redefines the idea of a quintessential society through the voice that wakes up an entire crowd to thinking.