Playwright par excellence, literary critic, artist, activist, and teacher, CJ Thomas’s work is credited with breaking traditional thought patterns and exposing society’s hypocrisy and superficiality. He is considered to have ushered in modern Malayalam theatre. Revolutionary film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan said of CJ, ‘He excelled in his field of screenplay writing…’ Mr. Gopalakrishnan believed that CJ has been an inspiration for many.
Several books and articles have been written to fete CJ and his path-breaking work. But He, My Beloved CJ (Ivan, Ente Priya CJ in Malayalam), is a memoir written by a wife for her much-loved partner, showing the world CJ’s other side—the husband, the father, and most of all, the beloved. With deft strokes, she brings to life for us readers, the character of this extraordinary and talented man. She presents him without any bias, giving expression to all facets of his being. His strengths as well as his foibles, his generosity of spirit and his critical nature, his sensitive outlook and his idiosyncrasies, she presents it all.
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