She whizzed over to my grandmother’s home, where I was sojourning for the summer, on her motorcycle. I had been ready for an hour beforehand, so I sat and waited. Across from the television was a sectional sofa decked with intricate cushions overlooking a table. On the table was a medley of newspapers and magazines. As I waited, I delighted over the morning’s edition of the Dina Thanthi, a Tamil-language newspaper not available in North America.
The historical KaanthalUr can be identified today in Vizhignam, a city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a port city that was once a major hub of maritime commerce and migrant movement along the famed the Spice Route. It connected East to West while at the same time limiting direct contact between them.