Posted: 18 September 2012 at 6:51am | IP Logged
Originally posted by glassdoorHello there Devi , remember me? The one who said likes bold and experimental stories.
Well I read this entire FF in one go. This is the first Arhi FF I have read. And I have to say it is different. It is bold and it is experimental.
Why do I feel that this FF is very close to your heart? And that your ID name has something to do with what is being written here? Am I getting too close for comfort. If yes I will back off.
Your name "public enemy" has always intrigued me. Because generally when I see around me the people who are considered "enemies" of public are not in fact enemies of anyone at all. I have been myself considered an enemy of sorts many times.
This FF made me think a lot. Yes the story made me think like it did for everybody here. But what made me think more was the very 'being' of this FF. What made you write it.
Kerala as we know is God's own country. One of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. I have had the opportunity of visiting one of the neo places in Kerala, Cochin.
Where people of all religions stay in perfect harmony. Touch wood !
I never knew until then how Jews were, what was their way of life. And I got to see it in a small village-let kind of microcosm inside Cochin. I bought an amethyst necklace there as a souvenir. It is broken now but I still have it.
The description of Kerala here is absolutely spot on. Riveting. Almost like a trans-reality. You know something which is so real that it is almost imaginary.
I wondered again what is happening, here is Arnav a city bred uncouth, coming to a place which appears to be slotted way back in time. Back in the days where Malayalam films did not need money to be made. They made themselves because of their sheer power of story-telling and the only place where story was the real hero. And the hero was just an innocent bystander.
Films where sensuality of women was explored unabashedly. The Kalarikkal house appears to belong to one such gamut of time. Where being sensual is not something to be hidden but to be explored.
And Arnav is transported back to such a place. Where women and men hang on to their tradition but still are not afraid of his sexual prowess. Giddy mixture.
Most interesting experimentation. And that for me is the basic parlance of this FF. Although I must say it is difficult to digest everything in one go. May be I will wait until you finish to read it. Or I may leave with this imprinted on my mind. That experimentation need not be in terms of characters or the storyline but in the timeline itself. Hard for poor old souls like me.
I remember you, of course :) And thanks for taking the time to check out this FF. I do get that it's likely an easier read once it's complete, so of course, feel free to sit the rest of it out until the whole thing is finished.
As for the above in red, I do smile when I see comments like that, as I likely get that at least once or twice for each of my stories (and all my previous works have been somewhat different from each other). My ID was created for the sole reason that by the time I joined the IPKKND forum, I had developed a strong dislike for the female lead character (who I had liked quite a bit when the show started), so it actually just came about as a tongue-in-cheek sort of ID as the forum is a place where Khushi-fans abound. At that time, I was writing Lavender, which is quite quite different from KH. So, any association between public-enemy and KH came at a later date and with deliberation, rather than as a subconsciously meaningful coincidence ;)
I am a Malayalee and grew up with the myths and legends of the old Kerala and its people before I was transplanted to the States at the age of 13; so this story is definitely close to my heart in that way and I think it connects with a lot of readers because (I imagine) there is some of this history of our country that is somewhere in all of our collective unconscious... I often feel like I am tapping into that when I write the story. However, I have never lived in a nalu kettu and I am not a Namboothiri-kutty myself ;) so I am not writing from personal experience. It is nevertheless coming from my imagination, so it will have a flavor of my thoughts and ideas... thus, it is only as fictitious as any other piece of fiction is...
All my stories are close to my heart when I write it; I find it difficult to write if I do not live and breathe the characters for at least the length of time while I am writing their story... so the feelings that you as a reader sense through the story is genuine indeed as it was written from my imagination inhabiting such a world...
I thank you for reading, once again, as I thank all my other readers here as well :)
Edited by -publicenemy- - 18 September 2012 at 6:55am