The Last Farmer

M. Manikandan

Octogenarian Maayandi is the last active farmer in his remote village in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. But Maayandi’s pleasantly predictable way of life comes to an abrupt end when he is wrongly accused of killing three peacocks—the national symbol of India. While his case takes Kafkaesque twists and turns, the incarcerated Maayandi worries mainly about his crops. This parable about the impending loss of ancient traditions skillfully interweaves dramatic scenes with dry humor.