Here’s an interesting image of Kerala Maataavu (Mother Kerala), for the upcoming ‘Kerala Day‘,1 November – actually a rather dull date – the anniversary of the formation of the linguistic State. I found this image in a women’s magazine from the 1930s – the Shreemati Annual Number 1935.
It was a black-and -white image, but the person in the studio where I got the image scanned added the colours! He’s enlarged and hung it up in the studio complete with garland and a lamp.
Now, I’d better hurry up and clarify that the formation of linguistic states in South India was a prime reason for the utter marginalisation of tribal peoples here, before I get thrashed for being a ‘blind devotee’ of Mother Kerala.
But you’d all agree that her wistful westward gaze is a bit of a premonition. Here we are, Mallus, all gazing westward, specifically Gulf- or US/Europe-ward.