The Vanishing Generations is the translation of his magnum opus, the critically acclaimed ‘Manjupokunna Thalamurakal,’ a modern classic in Malayalam. Mr. A. K. Srikumar, a creative writer, is the translator. And the Tranquebar/Westland published the voluminous work of fiction.
Noted writer, editor and critic Sheila Kumar, opined in her preface, ‘The Vanishing Generations, T.V. Varkey’s epic work of historical fiction, takes a sweeping look at the social, cultural and historical transformations of Kerala from the 1840s to the 1960s. Using the peg of a Syrian Christian clan and their sprawling homestead, Paalat House, the author positions a klieg light on events in Kerala. The transition from slavery to emancipation, from feudalism to a land-owning community, from being a submissive lot to breaking out in political protest, from waking up to the iniquities of the local monarch to wanting the British overlords to quit India, the reader goes through it all with the various generations of the Paalat clan… The novel’s strength lies in the strongly fleshed-out characters, seven generations of the clan, all of them distinct and interesting personalities with opinions of their own; all of them, in ways big and small, contributing to happenings within their home, in their hamlet of Kudamon, as well as in various parts of the state…’
“The Vanishing Generations, T.V. Varkey’s epic work of historical fiction, takes a sweeping look at the social, cultural, and historical transformations of Kerala from 1840s to the 1960s. The story touches on several pertinent socio-historical points. It depicts the struggle of different communities in the state for their rights and privileges, the work of social reformers and revolutionaries, and the larger picture of the struggle for a country`s freedom. … The quests are multi-directional: the personal, the economic, the political, and the religious. The author harnesses all these strands together with great felicity to make a cohesive and riveting whole, concluding the saga in a most poignant and unforgettable manner. “Sheila Kumar, author of No Strings Attached (Harlequin, 2017) and Kith and Kin: Chronicles of a Clan (Rupa, 2012) -- From the Preface