Verukal is a Malayalam novel by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan. We had to study this in class X as part of our second language. Initially I understood nothing much. It had tamil dialogues in it and I found the story also boring. But once I picked up the flow, I couldn't resist completing it at one stretch. And if you would believe, I had read this book more than 20 times out of sheer interest, academics apart.
The novel is considered a semi-autobiographical story of the author. We see the story in fragments. The protagonist is settled in Chennai who lives with his wife and children. His wife is a society lady, while the husband is a very nostalgic person whose every thought still yearns for his roots in Kerala. Each thought reminds him about an incident from his life in Kerala and family. And this is how we get to know the story. There are a lot of incidents in the story which might evoke nostalgia in us also. The thoughts and thinkings help us get to know the character well. The incidents he relates from his childhood and college days are wonderful. They are just trifle things, but the way he explains them is superb. A lot of characters are there in story - his sisters, their husbands, grandparents, friends, teachers, people in the village, and so on. So many simple and lively characters. He even gives the profile of certain characters.
The relationship he shared with his father and elder sister, his college days, first love, life with grandparents, small pranks and jokes, everything is wonderful. I haven't read much Malayalam works - but had I missed this one, it would have been an immense loss.