Mary, the lamb – Prapanchan

Teachers are fascinating people. At least I can say that about the teachers till I was in school. They inspire thousands of students every year. I have mentioned about two such teachers of mine in my blog, Two Great Teachers. Some of the most interesting short stories I have translated are about teachers, Ku Azhagirisamy's  Kumarapuram... Continue Reading →

Crow Parliament – Subramani Bharathi

Subramani Bharathi or Mahakavi Bharathiyar, as he is affectionately known, is perhaps the best known poet from Tamil Nadu. In cricket parlance he was an all rounder a la Garfield Sobers. He was not just a poet, but also a freedom fighter, social reformer, fiery orator, an outstanding spokesperson for women's liberation. His thoughts and... Continue Reading →

His Favourite Star – Ashokamitran

The simple writing style of Ashokamitran (one of the best known authors in Tamil), is simply breathtaking. Readers would have seen that in What Should I Tell Father – Asokamitran. One more example is this story. Read on..... His Favourite Star அவனுக்க்கு பிடித்த நட்சத்திரம். Sriram was twenty one years old. He had just written his B.A... Continue Reading →

Pathu Chetti – Thi Janakiraman

Every religion emphasises the need to 'give.' This story, one of my favourites from Thi Jaa, provides an insight into 'joy of giving.' Read on Pathu Chetti - பத்து செட்டி தி. ஜானகிராமன். Pathu Chetti was just walking past our house. His dhoti has seen good days. The towel on his shoulder was dirty. He was... Continue Reading →

Complaint – Thi Janakiraman

We all complain, nowadays, about the food dished out by the airlines; about the plastic trays, the aseptic smell, the quantity and taste. The reason could be the food served by Indian Railways have improved. Anyone who travelled long distance and did not have the luxury to pack food from home, would have tasted the... Continue Reading →

What Should I Tell Father – Asokamitran.

Asokamitran became one of the most influential writers in Tamil literature. A prolific writer, he began writing in 1953 and produced more than 200 short stories, eight novels and 15 novellas. His novels on the celluloid industry, 'The Star Crossed' and 'Manosarovar' are all time classics. He portrayed the struggling urban middle class in most... Continue Reading →

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