A teacher has opened the door to the world of reading for the public through her WhatsApp status. Dr. M. Divya, a guest lecturer of Vyloppilli Memorial Government College at Ollur in Thrissur, has taken a road not taken for introducing literature in a new way.
Divya put as her status the novel ‘Oru Vazhiyum Kure Nizhalukalum’ written by Rajalakshmi. The novel that won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award was published in Mathrubhumi weekly in 1959.
Divya uploaded 29 chapters of the novel in 301 status. She manually typed the lines of the novel to make it her status. She also added pictures and film songs suitable for the context.
On May 13 when Thrissur Pooram is celebrated with all fervour, the last part of the novel will be updated as Divya’s status. Also, the birthday of N. V. Krishna Warrier falls on the same day. She completed PhD from MG University for a critical study on the prose by N. V. Krishna Warrier.
‘I read this novel at the age of 17. Later, I reread the novel several times. I made four lines of the novel as my status quite accidentally,’ said Divya hailing from Puranattukara. Later, she started posting each chapter of the novel as status.
Divya’s only intention was to introduce an old book to the new generation. First only a few lines were posted. But many students started reading them in a few days. Since the vacation started, one chapter was posted as a status. More than 150 readers read these status.
‘After this, I have plans to introduce stories of Uroob and S. K. Pottekkatt also,’ Divya said. Her husband Murali Puranattukara is the superintendent of Kalanilayam at Guruvayur Devaswom. Their daughter Hridya is a class 8 student and son Hari a student of LKG.