Ep. 71: Brand Kerala

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Kerala has been in the news a lot recently, mostly in a positive way. The state has always had a unique culture that seeps into everything from its approach to nature, health, women, families and most importantly, society.

Kerala was also in the news recently because of the verdict on the Padmanabhasaamy temple, where the Supreme Court overruled an earlier Kerala high court verdict and gave control of the temple and its treasures back to the royal family of Travancore.

In this episode, the host speaks to Manu Pillai, author of the book 'The Ivory Throne', originally published in 2016 by harper collins, which documents the history of the royal families of Travancore. The book is also an extraordinary history of Kerala itself, starting over five centuries back. Karthik speaks to Manu about the SC verdict, its implications on what remains of the royal family and also about brand kerala and its core DNA.

Follow Manu on Twitter @UmamPillai and on Instagram @waatcoconut

Tweet to Karthik Nagarajan @The_Karthik and follow his WordPress handle here (filterkoffee.com).

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