Marriage and Mutton Curry | M.Shanmughalingam
Year of issue: 2018
Binder Type: Paperback
A kimino-clad Tamil woman greets Japanese soldiers at the door while her Anglophile husband cowers in his Jaguar. Two sisters share a husband when one fails to produce a child for the longest time. An American diplomat's urgent enquiries about the Malaysian treasury's facilities are hilariously misunderstood. A daring civil servant proposes to a lady in his Sri Lankan hometown mere minutes after meeting her, breaking a thousand years of marriage protocol.
M.Shanmughalingam's debut collection paints, with gentle wit humour, the concerns and intrigues of the Jaffna Tamil community in Malaysia. Satirical yet deeply empathetic, these fifteen stories explore what happens when we hold on to - and choose to leave behind - our traditions and identities in a changing world.