Vellai Mozhi, Aravanaiyin Thanvaralaru - Revathi – Adaiyaalam – 1205/1, Karuppur Saalai, Puthanatham – 621310 – Tiruchi district – 04332-273444 – Rs. 200.

This first person account brings into focus the travails of the third gender. From coming to terms with the fact that they are different to the stage when they decide to lead their own lives at the risk of losing family support and public ridicule, every step taken by this community is a challenge. Hailing from a remote village in Namakkal district, Revathi (originally Duraisamy), travels to Delhi in search of shelter. The house of ‘nani’ gives her refuge and it is a whole new world that opens to her. Revathi’s search for identity takes her to Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. She weds, meets with rejection but her fight continues…

Ennavenru Solvaen? – Chitra Lakshman – Tamil - Gayatri Prints – H3E, Bharatidasan Colony, K.K. Nagar, Chennai, 600078, 9444383744 – Rs. 75.

This compact volume analyses cinema from different angles. The industry into which massive amounts are ploughed in, on which the lives of thousands depend, that which entertains millions of people could be more professional and disciplined.

The author – journalist, actor, director and producer - uses his experience to show with examples reasons for failure and secrets of success. He underlines the importance of compassion that is vital for survival, of all those who are mesmerised by this game of snakes and ladders.

(Compiled by GV)

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