Novel in translation
HARITHUVAARIL MANIYOOSAI Tamil Translation of M. Mukundan's Malayalam Novel: Translated by Sura; Sarhu Prabha Publications, 106/4,Jani Jahan Khan Road, Royapettah, Chennai-600014. Rs. 35.
THIS BOOK, which is a Tamil translation of Mukundan's Malayalam novel `Haridwaril Mani Muzhagunnu' deals with a young bachelor Rameshan Panicker who has a good job in Delhi.
Although he is addicted to drugs and drink, he has an aesthetic mind with a philosophical bent. He is very fond of his mother who is living in their native village in Kerala. He visits Haridwar with his lover Suja, a Punjabi girl. The author gives details of the various temples and pilgrimage centres of the holy place as well as the mythological stories, and poems in Sanskrit.
His confidence in narrating simultaneously Rameshan's vigorous hunt for drugs and drink and his dalliance with his lover against the religious background of the city results in a tale that is gripping without being sensational.
Rameshan's profound emotional recollection traces his native land, affectionate mother and death of his father. One cannot forget the characterisation of Suja, who loves and nurses Rameshan and her strong will to marry him in spite of all his weaknesses.
The novel ends with Rameshan's revisit to Haridwar alone without Suja. A short story `Kumaran Nayarin Maranam' unveiling the mystery behind the death of Kumaran Nair is also included in the book. Sura's translation is fluent and readable.
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