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Book review: Ayya's Accounts

Vikram Johri 

Ayya’s Accounts A Ledger of Hope in Modern India Anand Pandian & M P Mariappan Tranquebar 310 pages; Rs 399 Anand Pandian is an American anthropologist who, in Ayya’s Accounts, has undertaken a fascinating journey into the past.

Over several telephone calls and personal visits, Mr Pandian listened in on the life story of his grandfather, M P Mariappan, a fruit merchant in Madurai, resulting in the book under review. Called Ayya, an affectionate term for an elderly gentleman in Tamil, Mr Pandian’s grandfather teases out an extraordinary story ...

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 22:41 IST