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GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 36

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) Sreeni Nayakkar and Yengachi stood, shocked, on their porch. Their dear curry tree was covered in locusts. They weren’t sure if that’s what the insects were. As they watched, the tree lost all its leaves.  Each locust was roughly the size of a hand, possibly…

Era Murukan – Jan 21, 2023 – 9:00 AM CST

Tamil writer Era. Murukan is considered a pioneer that portrayed for the portrayal of the lives of computer engineers in his novel Mundru Viral. He explores several genres including mystical realism which is feature in his novels Arusur Vamsam and Milagu. Vishnupuram Literary Circle’s online discussion forum will feature short talks on these novels by…

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 35

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) Sreeni Nayakkar continued his meal. Yengachi sat next to him and served him the food as needed. She loved watching him enjoy her cooking and piling on more food as he finished. She was like this in everything she did. Yengachi’s dark skin made her…

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 34

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) Sreeni Nayakkar came out and sat on a squat and rectangular wooden stool. In front of him was a verdant curry tree. As he watched it, a group of sparrows came and sat on its branches. It had been a tiny shrub he had lovingly…

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 33

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) Company soldiers often marched on Mangamma’s Path. They were often accompanied by people bearing loads on their heads. Company demand for labor grew every day. They came to Gopalla looking for laborers. At first, the villagers happily joined. But it soon became a nuisance. They…

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 32

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) “Please give me some time. I need to think it over.” Govindappa Nayakkar said. The two officers agreed and left.     They began discussing what the officers had said. Akkayya did not join in. Instead, he examined the sword the white…

Take A Bow

Appadurai Muttulingam’s stories often offer perspective by having characters from wildly different societies and/or ways of living in the same story. A veteran and his parents who have led a far cushier life (The Good Earth). A mother from Sri Lanka visiting her son that has settled down in Canada (After Yesterday). A refugee and…

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 31

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) Due to the cattle coming out of the Kottaiyar house sheds, the two officers were forced into waiting atop their horses. The cows continued to flow out. They were a local breed with unique coloring, horns curving in multiple different ways,…

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 30

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha ) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) The dawn ushered in a different kind of day for the village. A huge sun as red as a kovai fruit. Its light was a balm for the eyes that rose on a cloudless horizon. Off Mangamma’s Path, on the cart…

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