The supplements to the Malayala Manorama daily of 4th June 2006 made for dismaying reading. The regular ‘Njayaraazhcha’ boasted of the love story of a 41-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman. The most repugnant thing here was that the woman was married, with four children, all of them grown-ups. They were obviously incensed at their mother’s love affair and tried to protest. But the mother insisted on her stand and finally eloped with her lover. They filed a case and the court gave her the freedom to decide on her own and she chose to live with her lover. I just couldn’t understand the essence of valiance and volition the woman showed. I would rather back the thought and action of her children! But Manorama found something fresh and snappy in this stinking episode and filled the front page of the supplement with this detestable and dishonorable stuff.
The next bunk came in ‘Sree’, another supplement to the newspaper. It contains the heroic meter about a man who let his wife marry her lover, after an infuriating married life of six and a half years. The most plaguey thing here is that the lover gave away his own sister to the divorced husband, which according to the concerned people and Manorama is a Barter-like swapping. It indeed is a swapping and is Barter-like, but what is the significance of swanking such icky issues that contain nothing but rotten morality? To me, such abhorrent incest stories should end up in the editor’s trash can or appear as a box-news utmost, like ‘the drunk Prince was arrested’ sorts. These lousy items do not beseem to wake up people into their Sundays or any other days for that matter. I wonder what an imbecile, depraved half-wit was at the desk then!