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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.

P. SUNDARESAN

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