Anthology of stories
SRI VENUGOPALAN SIRUKATHAIGAL Two Parts: Sri Venugopalan (Pushpa Thangadurai); Lakshmishri Pathippagam, 848, 91st Street, 13th Sector, K.K. Nagar, Chennai-600078. Rs. 180.
THIS IS a twin anthology of 32 long and short stories by a popular and prolific writer of novels and short stories, Pushpa Thangadurai. A study of this anthology is a rewarding experience.
Every story is a masterpiece as the reader gets absorbed in the characters, atmosphere, emotions and the realism. The range of storylines: a distant memory; weaving the flowers of thought into a garland; a guilty conscience; a horrifying experience; a widow's upsetting experience at the sight of her still-born baby; the immanence of Sakti; the depths of despair; life's little ironies; a poignant memory; it takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; the course of true love; a mystery resolved; the grammar of love; the bizarre story of a speech-impaired eccentric; a maelstrom of conflicting emotions.
Hope is life; a lyricist's advent in films; unfulfilled dream; where national interest is paramount; an old man with two wives aspiring for yet another; the odd man out; marital disharmony; the clash of ego that costs dear; a nagging doubt; awareness in choosing a life's partner; a sweet relationship that went sour; a situation verging on the farcial; discrimination between good and evil; and the power of the human spirit in the face of vilification are the themes of some of the stories. It is a wonderful collection that should reach a wider circle.
The description of C.S.Chellappa's role for realising the then budding author's ambition to get into print lends charm, on a par with the illuminating forewords by R.V., Vallikkannan and Vikraman. The cherished impressions of some of the giants in the literary field, both living and dead, form an appendage.
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