Battling life’s trials
ATHIRSHTA KAATRU: Indra Soundarrajan; Thiruvarasu Puthaka Nilayam, 23, Deenadayalu Street, T. Nagar, Chennai-600017. Rs. 70.
BOTH THE novellas in this book strike an optimistic note that whatever be the magnitude of life’s trials nothing is beyond salvation. The lovebirds were shocked when their proposed marriage was dropped. If the boy lost a leg in an accident, the girl had to swallow a bitter pill when compelled by her father to marry another without knowing that the wealthy son-in-law would soon die of cancer. How the lovebirds were united in matrimony makes interesting reading.
The other story hinges on the proverb, “When one door shuts another opens.” There is a juxtaposition of realistic and surreal situations throughout the fiction set in a remote village where there was a palatial building in a state of dilapidation. The ties the old widow who lived in it had with her only daughter ceased the moment she eloped. She returns when her mother’s neighbour informs her that she was dying only to find she is late. Her son and his friend discover a huge fraud and unearth grandma’s hidden treasure. After watching the scene in secret, the neighbour, a wolf in sheep’s clothing gets unnerved and commits suicide.
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