….ppa ப்பா – Thi Janakiraman

I have translated some of the stories from this collection by Thi. Janakiraman, Crown of Thorns – முள்முடி – Thi Janakiraman, Pathu Chetti – Thi Janakiraman, Complaint – Thi Janakiraman, Mr. Dash Dash Dash – Thi Janakiraman and couple of other stories. Not sure how did I miss this one. Only a genius like Mr. Janakiraman can expound philosophy... Continue Reading →

Only Two Castes – Sujatha.

Vinay, my nephew thinks that the competition in India is scary today for getting a job. Of course, being a millennial, he would not know about the India with its noble(?) socialistic ideas which was making the country progress with two to three percent growth. Forget competition, there were no jobs except for the ones... Continue Reading →

Examination – Asokamitran

One of my favourite Asokamitran's story. As I have mentioned in my earlier translations of his stories, Flag Hoisting – Asokamitran, Two Finger Typing – Asokamitran, Asokamitran does not dwell too much on description or commentary. A sentence or two and he would jump to conversation. But that sentence or two would always stay in memory. I... Continue Reading →

Exposure – Ambai

Couple of months back, I was standing at the gate of a paper mill. I saw a group of college students, perhaps  eighteen or nineteen years old, talking amongst themselves. In the group of about eight people, there was only one girl and she was talking with lot of confidence, conviction and composure. Though I could... Continue Reading →

Flag Hoisting – Asokamitran

Subramaniya Bharathi, one of the greatest poets of India wrote this poem which begins; "Let us dance, let us sing a hymn, that we got our freedom." What was so special about this? Well, he wrote the poem some thirty years before we actually got the freedom from the British rule. The very thought of... Continue Reading →

Horse – Sujatha.

Writer Jeyamohan ranks this story of Tamil Novelist Sujatha as one of the best humorous short stories in Tamil. Uncle visit மாமா விஜயம் is my favourite. You can read it here. Horse - குதிரை Some people win lottery. Some people are selected by movie directors while waiting in bus stops and are called for shooting from... Continue Reading →

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