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Nandanvan and Other Stories
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About The Book

Lakshmi Kannan’s Nandanvan and Other Stories is a collection of seventeen of her own stories originally written in Tamil. As vivid in imagination as they are realistic, the stories in this collection are reflections on gender, sexuality, filial piety, construction of identity, culture institutions and the individual existing ‘within’ and ‘outside’.

The stories, situated in various locales—the home, a hospital, a government office, the university, the London Tube, parks and gardens, temples and restaurants—introduce us to several memorable characters. Sensitive women who negotiate their space through an essentially patriarchal culture, with confidence in the strength of their womanhood. An elderly man who understands the language of the birds so completely that the birds take over as the chief protagonists of the story and later evolve as that most concerned mourners at his funeral. A narrator who sees in a total stranger an uncanny resemblance to his dead father with whom he had a difficult relationship. An art historian trapped in a bleak and cheerless life, languishing in a bureaucratic system of the government department in which he works. The thoughts and feelings of a man in a coma, who wanders through the corridors of a subterranean region of the dead. The coming back of a women from the clutches of death as an answer to fervent prayers.

Kannan’s characters reflect their strength of spirit as they struggle with the inevitable pain of existence, everyday grievances and prejudices, the indomitable will to survive loneliness and sorrow, and the confidence to resolve inner and external conflict. Her protagonists reveal themselves through soliloquies, dialogue and evocative silences.

Kannan is her own translator. And so, the rhythms and idioms of the Tamil world translate into fluid and sensitive prose in English, masterfully retaining the intensity and ethos of the original. The spectrum of experiences and sensibilities depicted in these lucid, probing and absorbing narratives is a must read!

 

About The Author

Lakshmi Kannan is a poet, novelist and story writer. She is also her own translator. A bilingual, she writes both in English and in Tamil. She has published twenty books that include four collection of poems in English, a novel and several collection of short fiction in Tamil, English and Hindi translation. Kannan was Sahitya Akademi Writer in Residence, Charles Wallace Trust Writer in Residence, University of Canterbury at Kent, UK, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and has participated in the International Writing Program at Iowa, USA. She lives in Delhi.

 

Acknowledgement

I wish to express my grateful thanks to Sahitya Akademi (the National Academy of Letters), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for offering me a tenure as a Writer-in-Residence attached to the English Department of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, from July to December 2009, during which period I worked on this translation. I am very grateful in particular, to the Secretary of Sahitya Akademi, Mr Agrahara Krishna Murthy, who was immensely helpful in facilitating all communication between the Akademi and Jamia Millia Islamia in a smooth, swift manner so that I could start my work right away. This was offered as a part of the Akademi's residency scheme to help me pursue my creative work unhindered for a period of six months. During this period, I could travel to other universities outside Delhi to hold workshops on the short stories, to give keynote addresses on Creativity, on Developing Language Skills and on Translation and to give readings from my works. Equally, I could use the time to concentrate on translating some of my select stories and novellas from Tamil into English towards my next collection of short fiction.

My tenure as a Resident Writer under the Akademi's scheme greatly helped me stay focussed on working towards my collection of short fiction. This kind of focus is invaluable for any writer.

 

Contents

 

     
  Acknowledgements xi
1 THE WRITER AND HER WORK  
  Phenomenological Explorations 3
  Introducing Lakshmi Kannan's Short Fiction  
  (C. T.INDRA)  
  Lakshmi Kannan’s Fictional Weltanschauung 21
  An Interview  
  (CHRISTINE GOMEZ)  
  A Conversation with Lakshmi Kannan 30
  (SUDHARAI)  
2 SHORT STORIES  
  Nandanvan 41
  Ejamaanar 55
  Please, Dear God 67
  Muniyakka 77
  Nagapushpam 83
  Zeroing In 94
  Savvyasachi Square 106
  The Maze 119
  Just Think About It 124
  Simone de Beauvoir and the Manes 128
  A Word with You, Father 141
  A Guava with a Red Heart 148
  A Political Colour 155
  Because... 167
  A Sky All Around 184
  Maria 199
3 NOVELLA  
  Another Hour, Another Hue 221

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Nandanvan and Other Stories

Item Code:
NAH590
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Paperback
Edition:
2011
ISBN:
9788125043232
Language:
English
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8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Pages:
280
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Weight of the Book: 320 gms
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About The Book

Lakshmi Kannan’s Nandanvan and Other Stories is a collection of seventeen of her own stories originally written in Tamil. As vivid in imagination as they are realistic, the stories in this collection are reflections on gender, sexuality, filial piety, construction of identity, culture institutions and the individual existing ‘within’ and ‘outside’.

The stories, situated in various locales—the home, a hospital, a government office, the university, the London Tube, parks and gardens, temples and restaurants—introduce us to several memorable characters. Sensitive women who negotiate their space through an essentially patriarchal culture, with confidence in the strength of their womanhood. An elderly man who understands the language of the birds so completely that the birds take over as the chief protagonists of the story and later evolve as that most concerned mourners at his funeral. A narrator who sees in a total stranger an uncanny resemblance to his dead father with whom he had a difficult relationship. An art historian trapped in a bleak and cheerless life, languishing in a bureaucratic system of the government department in which he works. The thoughts and feelings of a man in a coma, who wanders through the corridors of a subterranean region of the dead. The coming back of a women from the clutches of death as an answer to fervent prayers.

Kannan’s characters reflect their strength of spirit as they struggle with the inevitable pain of existence, everyday grievances and prejudices, the indomitable will to survive loneliness and sorrow, and the confidence to resolve inner and external conflict. Her protagonists reveal themselves through soliloquies, dialogue and evocative silences.

Kannan is her own translator. And so, the rhythms and idioms of the Tamil world translate into fluid and sensitive prose in English, masterfully retaining the intensity and ethos of the original. The spectrum of experiences and sensibilities depicted in these lucid, probing and absorbing narratives is a must read!

 

About The Author

Lakshmi Kannan is a poet, novelist and story writer. She is also her own translator. A bilingual, she writes both in English and in Tamil. She has published twenty books that include four collection of poems in English, a novel and several collection of short fiction in Tamil, English and Hindi translation. Kannan was Sahitya Akademi Writer in Residence, Charles Wallace Trust Writer in Residence, University of Canterbury at Kent, UK, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and has participated in the International Writing Program at Iowa, USA. She lives in Delhi.

 

Acknowledgement

I wish to express my grateful thanks to Sahitya Akademi (the National Academy of Letters), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for offering me a tenure as a Writer-in-Residence attached to the English Department of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, from July to December 2009, during which period I worked on this translation. I am very grateful in particular, to the Secretary of Sahitya Akademi, Mr Agrahara Krishna Murthy, who was immensely helpful in facilitating all communication between the Akademi and Jamia Millia Islamia in a smooth, swift manner so that I could start my work right away. This was offered as a part of the Akademi's residency scheme to help me pursue my creative work unhindered for a period of six months. During this period, I could travel to other universities outside Delhi to hold workshops on the short stories, to give keynote addresses on Creativity, on Developing Language Skills and on Translation and to give readings from my works. Equally, I could use the time to concentrate on translating some of my select stories and novellas from Tamil into English towards my next collection of short fiction.

My tenure as a Resident Writer under the Akademi's scheme greatly helped me stay focussed on working towards my collection of short fiction. This kind of focus is invaluable for any writer.

 

Contents

 

     
  Acknowledgements xi
1 THE WRITER AND HER WORK  
  Phenomenological Explorations 3
  Introducing Lakshmi Kannan's Short Fiction  
  (C. T.INDRA)  
  Lakshmi Kannan’s Fictional Weltanschauung 21
  An Interview  
  (CHRISTINE GOMEZ)  
  A Conversation with Lakshmi Kannan 30
  (SUDHARAI)  
2 SHORT STORIES  
  Nandanvan 41
  Ejamaanar 55
  Please, Dear God 67
  Muniyakka 77
  Nagapushpam 83
  Zeroing In 94
  Savvyasachi Square 106
  The Maze 119
  Just Think About It 124
  Simone de Beauvoir and the Manes 128
  A Word with You, Father 141
  A Guava with a Red Heart 148
  A Political Colour 155
  Because... 167
  A Sky All Around 184
  Maria 199
3 NOVELLA  
  Another Hour, Another Hue 221

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