Marunnu was the first grown up novel I read. I was quite young when it was serialised in Mathrubhumi weekly and it must have been really grown up for me, but I did love to read it. Then later I was told my great-grandfather was mentioned in Smarakasilakal, so off I went reading it. He practiced as a medical doctor in our village when we were kids. I don’t remember seeing him, but my parents did.
He is one of the people I grew up reading. One of the people I loved to read. And yes, it is for me the end of an era. The end that started with Madhavikkuty’s death.