Siva sthalangal 108 – Nagercoil Krishnan – Narmada, 10, Naana Street, T. Nagar, 24334397 – Rs. 120.

Readers will be familiar with the 108 Divya Desams of Mahavishnu. Nagercoil Krishnan has compiled details of as many Siva temples, special for various reasons. From Kasi to Tiruvarur and Tiruvaiyaru, the list has many famous places and also less known ones that are must on a pilgrim’s itinerary.

Enrenrum Sujatha – Amudhavan – Vikatan Publishers, 757, Anna saalai, Chennai 600002 – 04442634283/84 – Rs. 90.

Anything about the legendary writer is eminently readable and for his admirers, who have an insatiable appetite also for literature on him, this book is a treat. Through Amudhavan’s pen, Sujatha’s persona unfolds in layers. The author was among the lucky few to have had an enduring friendship with Sujatha, although it is obvious that the former worshipped him. There is a personal touch without but it is never obtrusive. The cover portrait by Ma.Se. is arresting.

Maanavari-p-poo – Melanmai Ponnusamy – Gangai Puthaga Nilayam, 23, Deenadayalu Street, Tyagaraya Nagar, Chennai 600017, 044-24342810/24310769 – Rs. 200.

None has captured the soul of the village and its inhabitants as Ponnusamy has in contemporary writing. This volume has the author at his best. The short stories are pen drawings of the rural folk’s life, their feelings and their priorities. The earthy reality touches and moves as even trees and birds become characters, local dialect vesting the narration with lyrical charm.

Tirupati – Oru Vaazhkai Kaiyedu – Kota Neelima, translated by Nagalakshmi Shanmugam – Manjul Publishing House, 7/32, Ground Floor, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi 110002 – Rs. 199.

This is an unusual work on the most famous Hindu shrine. It combines legend, history, philosophy, architecture and many more features to trace the origin of the hill temple, the deity Venkatachalapathy and other details. Nagalakshmi Shanmugam has translated the Telugu original in a fluent style to present a highly informative document on Lord Balaji, worshipped by millions of devotees.

Odukala-p-potti Vidigalum Vilayattu Vidigalum – Dr. Navaraj chellaiah – SS Publication, Lily Vaidyanathan, 8/2, Police Quarters Road, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017. 044-24332696/9444280158. Rs. 300.

The author, retired professor anfd Head, Department of Research, YMCA College of Physical Education, harnesses his knowledge to bring out this useful guide for sport loving fraternity in general and aspirants in particular. From kho-kho and volleyball to swimming and shuttlecock, he describes the rules and regulations associated with 20 events. The author devotes space for aspects such as umpiring, conditions for world record, Illustrations and so on in the book, which the publisher says is constantly updated inviting suggestions for the same.