Frontlist | A book brought out for a noble causeFrontlist | A book brought out for a noble cause
on Mar 15, 2021
Second edition of Veenju published to meet treatment expenses of Thankachan C.V.
A book may be published for myriad reasons; out of the author’s craving to be in the limelight, to fulfil a literary dream, or just to make a few bucks. The second edition of the book Veenju (wine) was published on Sunday for a much nobler cause. Kochi-based Vayanappura volunteered to publish 1,000 copies of the book priced at ₹200 to fund the treatment expenses of its author Thankachan C.V. from Palluruthy after his large circle of friends came up with the idea. The 60-year-old, an active presence in social work and literary circle, especially during the 80s, is now faced with mounting treatment expenses following kidney failure. “He had undergone a bypass surgery two years ago following prolonged heart ailment. That itself was a drain on our limited resources before things turned worse when he was diagnosed with failed kidneys ten months ago. Now he needs to undergo dialysis twice a week and the collective monthly treatment expenses, including medicines, exceed ₹40,000,” said his wife Barbara K.V. Mr. Thankachan had been active in relief missions in far-off places in the State following the 2018 deluge. Veenju was first published a few years ago and features the author’s memories with stalwarts from literary, film, and artistic circles, which included Om Puri, Shaji M. Karun, M.V. Devan, and John Abraham to name a few. A few more chapters were added for the second edition and on the day of its release alone on Sunday, ₹26,000 was mobilised through the sale of the book. “Thankachan chettan was instrumental in mobilising over ₹1 lakh for the treatment of Kerala Sahithya AKademy award-winning author Thomas Joseph in a similar manner. So when he himself fell ill, we thought of returning that favour,” said publisher Thengapuraykkal.
Author Authors Book book news Books Frontlist Frontlist Book News Frontlist Books Frontlist Latest news