A time travel fiction that begins in 2037 A.D with Dev, a Mars Mission specialist, traumatized by a Tsunami in Japan. Dev’s brain travels back and forth on a timeline when he is asleep and starts visualizing himself as Prince Rajendra Cholan of the ancient past, John Wilbur and Saravanan of recent times. He uncovers the truth behind the origin of the oldest language spoken on the surface of the earth – Tamil. If history, both ancient and modern coupled with scientific proofs, reveals that there is an entire race that wants to protect the sanctity of Tamil language, at the cost of sacrificing valuable human lives; it makes us wonder if there is more to it than what meets our eyes. From ancient Indus Valley Civilization to futuristic Altabs and Touch Sheets, interspersed with fact-based fiction, did Dev succeed in translating the visuals from his brain trenches to a substantial discovery?
From the entrance of the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum, Kerala one could clearly see the market spread across like a mini Trivandrum extending as far as one could see like a thick carpet.Each of the shops and the people in the market carried a story within them.The author has lived,and breathed ,the bazzar as the back of his hand.It is only fitting that the author has conceived this book keeping the bazzar as the heart with each character and story unique.His imagination brings out the interesting characteristics of each of the players depicted in the stories.With intricate descriptions woven in to the story, the author lets the imagination of the reader flow freely like a river.These stories talk about the bitterness,the wants,the dreams,ego,lust and everything else that the bazzar flows with, These stories bring out the volatility that depicts the very human nature in its most naked form.
A spectacular bouquet of a dozen stories travelling across time and space through colourfully multicultural contexts. The nonlinear narrative style helps the reader flow with the kaleidoscopic presentation of events.
– Dr. Lalitha Menon, retd Professor and HOD, Calicut, India
The stories are aptly published while we celebrate Singapore’s Bicentennial. ‘Punkah Wallah’, a delightful fiction worth re-visiting brings to life the different classes of our society, origins, cultures and how they functioned during the earliest days of the last century. ‘Did Churchill know?’ left me pleasantly surprised, shocked, and bemused.
– Angela Leong, Director of a Research firm, Singapore
Thoroughly enjoyed the short stories, finding them gripping and touching, with unexpected little twists. On my second reading, with real concentration, I found them even more interesting. They made me think more, and that is a good thing!
– Valerie Dümpelmann, EFL instructor, Germany
… is not only a story of how different generations relate to literature. A brilliant short story emblematically highlights many of the problems that characterize Tamil literature as a set of social practices in Singapore today.
– Sascha Ebeling, Associate Professor, University of Chicago, USA
The beauty of Lakshmi Saravanakumar’s novel, Huntsman, lies in how masterfully Saravanakumar weaves issues of ecology and wildlife, rights of forest dwellers, and the clash between the traditional and the modern in a plot that is as gripping as the moments one might spend sitting on a machan on a tall tree in a dense forest on a full moon night, anticipating the arrival of a tiger.
What I specifically loved in Huntsmanwere the details that built up the novel when the bigger issues were not being narrated. For example, the naturalness with which polygamy and polyamoury has been depicted. I am afraid I might give out spoilers, but I cannot not mention the relationship that Thangappan – the leading man, the eponymous “huntsman” of the novel – has with his three wives – Mari, Sagayarani, and Chellayi – and the feelings about other men that the wives might have. Then there is Thangappan’s masculinity which is fragile enough to be hurt by the disapproval of a child. I would just say that these details – apart from the important bigger parts which are already there – are what make Saravanakumar’s Huntsmansuch an engrossing and – I believe it is – important read.
-Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
Journey Dog Tales is a humorous, mildly politically incorrect, goofy set of real and imagined stories breezy enough to make millions smile. Arindam shares bits about Bapia-his father, Musa, the tablet breaker, Meid Zais from some desert, Agarbatti and her Indian born James Bond, amidst their chaos he makes you want to be a part of his ragbag of imagined and real world. Or failing that make Journey Dog Tales a single-sit read.
Author : Pattukkottai Prabhakar
Publisher : Zero Degree Publishing
No. of pages : 264
Translator : B. Lavanya ISBN : 9788193635506
Category : Novel Published on : 2018
Subject : Crime / Thriller Book Format : paperback
Language : English
Whirlwinds, the exciting second part of Kalki R Krishnamurthy’s historic magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan, our hero Vallavarayan Vandhiyathevan’s adventures continue as he rides into marshy quagmires, befriends a mysterious girl, becomes the object of intense suspicion by the wily Pazhuvettarayars – and meets the hero of his dreams.
Meanwhile, Kundhavai Piratti, princess of the Chozha empire is thrown into confusion and outrage, while the beautiful but poisonous Nandhini Devi weaves more deceitful webs to ensnare her enemies. She will stop at nothing to bring about the downfall of the Chozhas … but will the scions of that royal clan escape in time?
Read on to find out as the epic continues.
Sword of Slaughter finds us at an exciting cliffhanger following the end of Book 2 – have Vandhiyathevan and Arulmozhi Varmar truly been saved? What of their fate in the land of their birth, Chozha Nadu? Are the Pazhuvettarayars truly stirring the country in a revolt against their favourite prince? Why does the alluring Nandhini Devi insist on meeting allies within crumbling palaces? Why does Madhuranthaka Thevar ride his stumbling horse through fields, on a rainy night? And why does Vanathi, that shrinking, timid violet, leave her charming mentor to go on a solitary journey?
Then, there are our old and trusted friends, whose fates are also unclear: is Sundara Chozhar still bedridden? What of the canny Anbil Aniruddhar and his cunning disciple, Azhwarkkadiyaan? And what of the light of the Chozhas, Princess Kundhavai herself? Read on, to find out.
Shadow of the Palm Tree is set in Goa, India’s very own Shangri-la. It opens with a heart-rending tragedy: the death of a mother at her own hands. Yet the shadow of sadness cast on the Abreus took shape in the 1700s, when the family converted to Christianity and joined the most lucrative enterprise of Christian Europe: the slave trade. From the day Imaculada, a traditional healer from Mozambique, entered the Abreu home, her family and theirs were fated to be entwined in a dark dance of intimacy. After their mother’s death, the Abreus flee from the penumbra of their collective grief becoming an inadvertent metaphor for the diasporic nature of the Goan community. As Goa gains independence, family equations are realigned once again. Claudinha, a descendant of Imaculada, flees Goa and the Abreus to take refuge with the Siddhis, a primitive tribal group. There is now no one left to deflect Imaculada’s malevolence. Will her prophecy finally be fulfilled? Richly told and profoundly moving, Shadow of the Palm Tree is a story of identity and survival, love and sacrifice, forgotten history and cultural conflicts.
A transporting tale set around the shifting power dynamics of viciously aggressive investors who enter a nation to maraud lt’s resources and will stop at nothing to make money. A stunning meditation on human nature and survival instincts, this novel poses intense moral questions. Discover a world of love and deception as it weaves through the extraordinary world of magical realism.