Showing posts with label BOOKS/WRITERS-TAMIL. Show all posts
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Summary - Srirangathu Devadhaigal (ஸ்ரீரங்கத்து தேவதைகள்)

Srirangathu Devadhaigal (ஸ்ரீரங்கத்து தேவதைகள்) is yet another excellent piece of work by Sujatha. It is not a novel, but his own nostalgia of his adolescent years.

Sujatha takes us on a ride down the memory lane with his 14 short stories -all of which share a common backdrop - his native, a small town called "Srirangam", in the atmosphere of 70's through 80's, portrayed so beautifully!

The stories arouse a variety of emotions. First few chapters/stories took me so in deep; I thought the book is going to be a heavy read, but rest of the 10 stories slowly turned towards a lighter side to out-and-out hilarious! The story (sentences & phrases) are written in the style of “Iyengar Tamil”; but it’s not that different, infact it helps to easily get-into the plot – the real Srirangam 😊.

Though some scenes were purely imaginary (Sujatha mentions at the beginning itself), but still made me believe as they’re real!. It’s so gripping that everyone can easily relate each of the characters in the book. All of us would have met interesting characters like the “thinna”, “secha”, and a “half-scientist”. 

At the end of every story, the author also states of his encounter with the characters after 30 years or so and tells us how they ended up. And that's what life is all about, isn't it? We meet our childhood friends and discuss those ridiculous episodes and anecdotes and end with a 'now look at us'.

The book made me nostalgic and recall instances of every hue from my life. I’m sure, you will also go into your memories while reading. Isn't that a good enough reason to read Srirangathu Devadhaigal 😜?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

அரசியல் பேசும் அயல் சினிமா

I love watching a lot of movies from my childhood, but have never been a follower of documentary films until I read the book "Arasiyal Pesum Ayal Cinema."

As far as I know, this book is one of it’s kind!!!. The author - E.P. Chinthan introduces us 16 different World Political documentary films in this book. But what makes it so special is that he explains and analyzes the historical reasons and political aspects around each film, rather than discussing about those films itself. This naturally builds-up an eager to every reader to know more about the issue; as well a fervent to watch the movies.

We all love mobile phones, and the smarter they become we love and buy them more too. But, are we ever aware of the dark side of these cell phones? Did we know that our demand for phones has been fueling finance to a civil war, which has killed more than 5.4 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo? !!!. An episode of this book presents a hard-hitting documentary “Blood in the Mobile (2010)” that exposes the illegal mining in Congo and how the leading mobile phone manufacturers are craving for them.

Chocolate has always been a favorite to almost everyone of us. But behind it’s wonderful taste, there is also a darker side that can make anyone to feel bad about!. An episode on a documentary "The Dark side of Chocolate (2010)" investigates the stories about child labor during the production and harvesting of cocoa beans, mainly in Ivory Coast.

Many children are slaves in these Coco farms throughout their life, without any education, money not even proper food. I was shocked to realize that this issue has been going on for many years and not any worthy actions taken till now. Thanks to the money power of Big Chocolate companies and our addiction towards them :(

Another episode extradicts an inspiring story, “The Coconut Revolution (2001)”. It’s a story of Bougainville Island people’s incredible victory over the Western Colonial power. This episode explores the hardships of Bougainville against the Papua New Guinea army and its mining plans to exploit their natural resources. The story also shows the Bougainvillean’s courage and creativity to fight it back successfully. It was amazing to know, how they managed to use coconuts to power their own villages, make medicines for all sorts of ailments, and even to fuel for vehicles. I never realized the many uses the coconut could offer!!!

The above ones are just off the top of my head, but each episode tells us a deep, impactful history of a country. Issues discussed in each episode is so dense and heavy, But the author explains it in simple terms, yet giving deep insider on how global economics is manipulated to keep the money flowing into the pockets of the wealthy elite of the world.

Personally, I find this book very valuable for not just giving me some world exposure; but it also has prompted me to think, to reframe my default view on social issues, to realize and stop whether I'm also indirectly propagating the same injustices.... ?

I am extremely happy that I get a chance to read this brilliant book; I can’t imagine how much efforts/ground work Chinthan would have put to analyze and script into essays!

A must read if you're interested in world politics and history.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Katrathum Petrathum (கற்றதும் பெற்றதும்)

KatrathumPetrathum, is a superb collection of Sujatha’s essays that came as a series in Anantha Vikatan periodical. I was one of the regular readers of Anantha Vikatan at that time, and I must have already read most of Kattradhum pettradhum.

Each essay is unique and from a wide range topics - some from his real life experiences, some are science dissertations, some about literature, history, culture, a few short stories, a little bit of local and politics, books, cinema,… and what not? This book talks about almost all the topics; I could think of. It’s a great compilation !!!

Few lines of the books have made me think about that topic for days and months. And few essays have made me realize, feel, get emotional and even to laugh out loud….. Too many intellectual pieces!!!!

No doubt that #Sujatha is a clever writer and, more importantly, a very knowledgeable in many fields. And so I have no wonder why he was such a popular writer with everyone - his readers, cinema industry people, editors of publishing companies, media, etc.

If you want to read, you can download an ebook here

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Parthiban Kanavu - by Kalki

Yet another historical novel from the great writer Kalki. The plot is on the Cholas and Pallavas  - ancient empires of Tamilnadu.

The Cholas are serfs of the Pallavas. The Chola King Parthiban survives with a heart burn of his forefathers lost the glory of Chola dynasty to Pallavas, he always wants to regain the pride of ruling their own land and expresses his dream to his son “Vikaraman”

One day, Parthiban takes his son to a sacred hill temple, leads him in to a dark secret hall in it (No one other than Parthiban has entered or had an idea of what’s there in the hall so far). Young Vikraman was amazed to see that Parthiban has portrayed his dreams as painting all over the hall , the scenes of battles and glories of Cholas.

In the main battle scene, the Royal elephant does not have a rider. Parthiban says that "the hero of Chola dynasty is yet to be. When the hero steps forward to lead the war and frees their land, his image will be drawn onto the Royal Elephant, and Parthiban's dream will be realized".

But, Parthiban dies in battle shortly without seeing his dream come true. And that’s his son Vikraman who got inspired by his father’s dream, wins his mother land from Narasimhavarma Pallava , and become the hero of Parthiban’s dream.

Reading Kalki’s historical novel is such an awesome experience….He takes you to that age, makes you to travel with the characters , feel as you’re living in the story plot.

If you plan to read “Parthiban Kanavu”, I would suggest you to read “Sivagamiyin Sabatham” first. This Novel is almost like a sequel to Sivagamiyin Sabatham, you can relate many characters and incidents between the novels. I am sure, you’ll get an amazing experience when you visit Mahabalipuram next time, after reading these 2 novels.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thunai Ezhuthu [துணையெழுத்து]

I had heard a lot about "Thunai Ezhuthu". But never took a chance to get the book, till I read an episode in a two years old Ananda Vikatan magazine, laying on a book trash.

After reading that one episode, I told myself  “it’s not a book for a light reading or for a travel time pass. I should read when my daughter and wife are asleep and when the whole world around me, has nothing but silence.”  Very soon, I got such a rare occasion and I started sinking into the words of S.Ra.

Yes, my instincts are correct. He took me to another world which is never seen or felt by us. Yet he uses very simple language.A beautifully written book on various human emotions in multiple short chapters/stories.

If you want to get a sense of what life is - beyond our little circle of living and relationships, you must go through this book. Writer S.Rama Krishnan  is an intelligent spectator, a amazing interpreter, an excellent connector and above all a extraordinary narrator.

Every piece of writing in this book is very powerful and I am pleased that I picked the book at least now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

அர்த்தமுள்ள இந்து மதம் [ Meaningful Hindu Religion ]

அர்த்தமுள்ள இந்து மதம் by Kannathasan, is indeed a must have in anyone’s book shelf.

Though I am not an ardent follower (of many Hindu rituals), I certainly value the reasons and requirements hiding behind every activity/ rite of a TRUE Hindu. Many scientifically proven best known practices are being taught and trained just in the name of God / Religion. There are some or other reason for why every activity performed in the Hindu religion.

The writer Kannadasan, who himself was a firm atheist became a follower of Hindu religion while exploring the religion and unearthed many secrets in favor of the religion.

Here kannadasan is not only researching the Hindu religions and it’s believes. But he also is obliging the reason for life. This book is not only for a Hindu, but for everyone.

Arthamulla Indhu Madham is definitely a master piece from one of the great writers of India !

e-Book can be downloaded from here

Friday, August 6, 2010

En Iniya Iyanthira

Though I’m a heartfelt fan of Writer Sujatha, I never took a chance to read his work ” En Iniya Iyanthira”. Now, the hype over Rajinikanth’s “Endhiran” pushed me to read the Sci-fi flick. It is believed that Endhiran is based on Sujatha's novels En Iniya Iyanthira and Meendum Jeeno.

The plot opens in the year 2021. India is ruled by a dictator-Jeeva. Under Jeeva’s dictatorship, India shines as a developed country, population is kept under control, everywhere and anywhere lay Robots, people are identified only with their social security numbers, and everything is computerized.

Other main characters of the story -Nila,Sibi, and Ravi are planning a coup against Jeeva with a pet robot dog “Jeeno”. Jeano plays an important role throughout the story. As the story proceeds, it behaves and starts to think on its own like a human and commands Nila, a human being to follow his instructions.

I still can’t believe that he wrote this Sci-fiction thriller in early 80’s. What an imagination, Creativity and screenplay!. The first 10pages of the story completely took me to a different world in 2021; Sujatha’s mesmerized me once again!

All Sci-fi lovers,… take a chance to read “En Iniya Iyanthira”. I’m sure you’ll be excited.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Kathaa Vilasam" S. Ramakrishnan

I got introduced to the writings of S.Ramakrishnan first with his '#ThunaiEzuthu' series in Ananda vikatan. Soon I became his fan, when I started reading his another series “ Kathaavilasam” in the same Ananda Vikatan.

Writer S.Ramakrishnan is a modern Tamil fiction writer, an essayist, a playwright, Film script writer and a world cinema expert... He’s written four novels, five short story collections, nine collections of essays and three books on films. .

His “#Kathaavilasam” introduced many of modern Tamil writers and their writings. Indra Parthasarathy, Naanjil Naadan, Paavannan, Nakulan, Mouni, T.Janakiraman, Asokamithran, Ki.Rajanarayanan, Pudhumaipithan, Vannadasan, Vannanilavan, Narasayya, La.Sa.Ra, Ku.Pa.Ra, Sa.Kandhasamy, and the one and only Sujatha are all the notable ones from the “Kathaa vilasam”...

I have read very few of his works. But still they made an impact in me. Checkout his website here , where you can find all about his writings and views.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sujatha - The Genius

Today, the 75th birthday of my beloved writer Sujatha aka Rangarajan.

Sujatha, the one person whom I wish I had a Master Brain like him. If I get a boon, I would choose his brain in my next birth. He was one of the most versatile writers of Tamil.

He could talk/write on any topic- from Sanga Ilakkiyam to Science Fiction; from Naalaayiram Dhivya Prabandham to Nanotechnology; from Physics to Politics. I have never seen such a muti-faceted personality.

I just love his way of writing. Be it a Short story, or a novel, or an essay or Movie Dialogues, he has made a Mark in each and every field.

Sujatha Rangarajan- An exceptional writer who made the reader feel wiser….
The Man who inspired me a lot for writing.I admire him. I salute him on this day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kallikattu Ithikasam

This particular novel of Vairamuthu made me to realize that he is not just a poet / lyricist; but a great writer. The novel won him the Sahitya Akademi award for Best Literary Work in 2003.

"Kallikattu Ithikasam" – is a history of a normal man “Peya thevar”, who lived on the Karisal land, which lies submerged in the Vaigai dam.

It’s a mixture of various emotions like Friendship, Love, sadness, sufferings and depression faced by him.

People, who experienced the Village life, would relate each and every moment of the story with their lives.I bet your eyes will become wet, when you complete the last page of the Novel.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal

It is Jayakanthan’s Sahitya Academy-award-winning novel. One of most deeply moving story I read a few years back.

Read the Story line here

Though the storyline seemed to be uncommon and controversial, especially in the conservative society like ours, the author has brilliantly presented the novel.

The story explores the most intricate relationship between a lonely woman and a married man.Certain questions has no answers.Ganga’s life is one such question. Sila nerangalil sila manithargal (Some people at some moments) is a very apt title for this work.

You will feel it out, when you read it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sivagamiyin Sabadham

When I decided to write about the books I admired about , my first thought was to write about the book “Sivagamiyin Sabatham” by Kalki.

Sivagamiyin Sabadham is a novel of epic proportions, with Pallava Empire at its magnificent best as a backdrop, in the 6th century AD.

The novel traces the lives, trials and tribulations of,

• Sivakami, a dancer in the Pallava Empire,
• much admired and respected, her beloved, the Crown Prince Mamalla Narasimha Pallavar,
• his best friend and comrade-in-arms Paranjyothi,
• the multi-faceted, supremely talented warrior King, Mahendra Pallavar.
• Naga Nandhi – Buddhist and brother of King Pulikesi
• King of Vadhabi, Chalukya Emperor, Pulikesi
• Mamalla’s spies & Soliders

I have visited mamallapuram and Kanchipuram for 2-3 times before. The rock sculptures were beautiful and expressive; Beautiful sculptures cut in rock by the sea side were marvelous; but that was all they were to me, till I read Sivagamiyin Sabatham; But, Now I'd see Mamalla and Mahendra Pallava near the sea temple ; Sivagami dancing in the Kanchi temple!!!

"Sivagamiyin Sabatham" - a story of romance, art, History, War, Politics…. all woven together in a single story.

I read all four volumes without missing a word, It’s simply superb and will remain in my mind for ever. If you’re looking for Historical Novel, then I’d strongly recommend “'Sivagamiyin Sabatham'for sure.

Find the Complete story summary here .

Happy reading !!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tamil Script – Evolution through the Ages

As My mother tongue and father tongue is Tamil :-), I always feel, Tamil very close to my heart. Whenever I find time, I used to read/write/think about the Tamil language and Tamil literatures.

Recently, I had a chance to read about the evolution of Tamil scripts. Here, I have attempted to present some of my experience.

The Tamil script consists of 12 vowels, 18 consonants and one special character, the aytam. The vowels and consonants combine to form 216 compound characters, giving a total of 247 characters.

It appears that Tamil evolved a writing system from the Brahmi script, circa 300 BC.Later, the Grantha script was employed in the writing of Tamil until the 8th century, when a distinctive script evolved exclusively for Tamil. Borrowings from Sanskrit added some special letters in Tamil which are still used.

Unlike most Indic scripts, the Tamil script does not distinguish between voiced and unvoiced plosives. Instead, plosives are articulated with voice or unvoiced depending on their position in a word.

Over two millennia, it has gone through many cycles of changes.It was really interesting to explore about the evolution history of Tamil language and Tamil script. Long live Tamil !!!