Some published work on specifically Tamil topics has not been included in this
volume, for; it occurred to the author, further research on the subject would have been
necessary. On the other hand, in an essay like ''The Exotic in Aesthetics", a certain
amount of the discussion though seemingly alien to the subject matter of this publication
leads by argument to the introduction of the treatment of Tamil proverbs and Tamil
classical poetry. The review on the re-construction of Borobudur finds its place here for,
at the time of its creation, Tamil know-how and culture reigned in the Indonesian
The author does not wish to lay claim to being a Tamil scholar or Terminologist.
He is more than aware that he has no genuine competence which could be diligently
exercised in the vast and abundant field of Tamil studies. Debunker, he has produced
these pieces by his own autodidactic effort and ventures to hope he might have shed
some critical light on some Tamil topics, beliefs, and ways of life.
He feels however that the distinguishing feature introduced in this particular mode
of academic publication is the section, "Commentary via fiction" or rather "fictionalized
comment". Fiction as a receptacle for ideas and concepts in no way diminishes academic rigour; if anything, it enhances receptivity, makes palatable what is normally dry and
Of one thing though he is certain. As a Tamil, he cannot be discouraged from
venturing further in the field of Tamil studies.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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