VALLALAARUM ANAITHULAGA AANMEEGA-P-PANPAADUM: S. Balachandran; Copies can be had from B. Sundaram, Plot No.474, I Main Road, Kamaraj Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai-600041. Rs. 140.

THIS BOOK is an interesting study of Vallalaar, a renowned philosopher-poet of the 19th century, from the viewpoint of spiritual culture. The author is a literary critic with a good record of literary studies in American universities. He has to his credit a valuable book on modern literary criticism in Tamil.

Vallalaar’s writings and thoughts are discussed in 16 chapters, which deal with culture, spiritualism, religion, humanism and so on. A great admirer and ardent lover of Vallalaar, Balachandran brings out clearly how relevant is his message to the present-day Tamil youth.

There are any number of books on Vallalaar being written and published every year, but the present one is refreshingly different from the run-of-the-mill type. The author, who has liberally quoted from Vallalar’s poems, should be congratulated on giving a book that is eminently readable, enjoyable, and inspiring to the lay reader as well as the scholar.