A bookstore ‘born out of war’ – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KOCHI: The CICC Book House on Press Club Road turned 60 this month. The late freedom fighter and peace activist V ‘Samadhanam’ Parameswaran had established this bookstore in 1962. , peace in the world”, explains T Jayachandran, 65 years old. , the current owner of the CICC library.

“In 1960, there was a Center for International Culture and Cooperation, which aimed to spread anti-war messages. The Soviet Embassy supported him. Many upper-class intellectuals, who were communists but kept outside the party, joined groups such as the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society, Friends of the German Democratic Republic, etc.

To popularize the anti-war ideology, social luminaries such as Judge VR Krishna Iyer, Judge Subramanian Poti, and writer SK Pottekkatt used to carry out socio-cultural activities under the CICC. “When the bookstore was created, it was given the same name. CICC Book House was an important part of the movement – ​​it was the coordinating center.

There were at least seven bookstores on the stretch, previously known as Tourist Bungalow Road. “Even Vaikon Muhammed Basheer had a bookstore here,” says Jayachandran. “Then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru signed an agreement with the Soviet Union, and a cultural exchange program was part of it.

Thereafter, interest in the anti-war movement waned. And then, the CICC became “just a bookshop”. However, we still see gatherings and socio-political discussions here, especially since the Press Club is nearby. The bookstore has a treasure trove of anti-war content, especially works translated into Malayalam. Translations of Russian, German, Bulgarian and Czech novels are also available here.

Jayachandran’s mother, Subhadra Parameswaran, had translated several of them. “She was the first female lawyer in the Irinjalakuda court. However, she passed away when I was nine due to cancer. But even while battling the disease, she translated many books,” he adds. Jayachandran took over the bookstore when his father died of heart failure in 1994. CICC Book House, under Jayachandran’s leadership, has already published over 100 dramas, including native ones, and over 800 novels.

“We released our first book on June 4, 1962 ‘The Story of a Real Man’ by Boris Nikolaevich Polevoy. My mother translated it,” he says. It was the story of a Russian pilot who lost his legs fighting the Nazis in World War 2. “Currently, in addition to individual buyers and loyal alumni, our focus is on supplying books to educational institutions and libraries.”

KOCHI: The CICC Book House on Press Club Road turned 60 this month. The late freedom fighter and peace activist V ‘Samadhanam’ Parameswaran had established this bookstore in 1962. , peace in the world”, explains T Jayachandran, 65 years old. , the current owner of the CICC library. “In 1960, there was a Center for International Culture and Cooperation, which aimed to spread anti-war messages. The Soviet Embassy supported him. Many upper-class intellectuals, who were communists but kept outside the party, joined groups such as the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society, Friends of the German Democratic Republic, etc. To popularize the anti-war ideology, social luminaries such as Judge VR Krishna Iyer, Judge Subramanian Poti, and writer SK Pottekkatt used to carry out socio-cultural activities under the CICC. “When the bookstore was created, it was given the same name. CICC Book House was an important part of the movement – ​​it was the coordinating center. There were at least seven bookstores on the stretch, previously known as Tourist Bungalow Road. “Even Vaikon Muhammed Basheer had a bookstore here,” says Jayachandran. “Then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru signed an agreement with the Soviet Union, and a cultural exchange program was part of it. Thereafter, interest in the anti-war movement waned. And then, the CICC became “just a bookshop”. However, we still see gatherings and socio-political discussions here, especially since the Press Club is nearby. The bookstore has a treasure trove of anti-war content, especially works translated into Malayalam. Translations of Russian, German, Bulgarian and Czech novels are also available here. Jayachandran’s mother, Subhadra Parameswaran, had translated several of them. “She was the first female lawyer in the Irinjalakuda court. However, she passed away when I was nine due to cancer. But even while battling the disease, she translated many books,” he adds. Jayachandran took over the bookstore when his father died of heart failure in 1994. CICC Book House, under Jayachandran’s leadership, has already published over 100 dramas, including native ones, and over 800 novels. “We released our first book on June 4, 1962 ‘The Story of a Real Man’ by Boris Nikolaevich Polevoy. My mother translated it,” he says. It was the story of a Russian pilot who lost his legs fighting the Nazis in World War 2. “Currently, in addition to individual buyers and loyal alumni, our focus is on supplying books to educational institutions and libraries.”

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