A Village Under The Streetlight

As many of you know CambridgeEditors is an independent firm that was established in 2003, it is dedicated to providing superior editorial services for a wide range of clients. The manuscripts brought forward are a wide selection, such as: scholarly monographs, chapters, and journal articles; dissertations and master’s theses; novels and other forms of fiction.

One of the works of fiction that we have edited is  “A Village Under The Streetlight” By Thomas Palayoor. Not only a novelist, Thomas Palayoor is also a cancer researcher and molecular geneticist. When feeling creative he not only has a passion for stories in the Indian language but paints as well. “A Village Under The Streetlight” is Thomas Palayoor’s first novel, which follows the lives of people in the village of Manoor, India. We see the cast of characters love, fight, gossip, marry, divorce, have children, or die. As you read, you become increasingly invested in each of the people of Manoor and how the lines of fate slowly bring the characters apart and together again and again. We also see, slowly, how modernization can even effect the smallest of villages across the globe. As if we too were streetlights passively viewing the village’s move away from colonial rule, the changes of political parties, religions, and views of ethnicity.

Reading the novel for the first time I found that my favorite thread of this woven tapestry, was the movement of modernization into the village. The first villager we follow is a man named Kunjayi, a rickshaw driver, forced out of his job by the local government. We see his desperation, grief, and hopelessness from being without a job. But, as the weeks go by he suddenly picks himself up and works to get a job as an oarsman for the local ferry. This small story exemplifies modernization and movement away from the past means of transportation, to a more current one, in a humanistic and masterful way.

While enjoying the seasonal shift from winter to spring, this novel will allow you to enjoy the shift from historic to modern, or generation to generation. I highly recommend this novel and its transformations that explore the human experience.

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