R.N. Joe D’Cruz, who has won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Korkai, deserves accolades (Dec. 20). This is his second novel after Aazhi Soozh Ulagu. His work will help the next generation learn of the excellent conduct of their forefathers in coastal Tamil Nadu. We anxiously await his next novel, where Joe, an authority in logistics and shipping, must bring out the vibrant culture of the fisherfolk from the pearl fishery coast and who have controlled the shipping trade to a large extent, through the Tuticorin port.
Tharcius S. Fernando,
What a wonderful way to honour the seaside village of Uvari in Tirunelveli district, Joe D’Cruz hails from. His literary venture to highlight the historical and cultural importance of the fisherfolk of the southern coast, known for their rigidity and reverence, has been recognised.