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GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 21

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) The man next to Chinayya Nayakkar was Dirt Eater Renga Nayakkar. He didn’t earn this name because he ate dirt as a child like many malnourished children do. He could judge the quality of land and its strength. If someone

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Trees growing in a pond

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 20

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) As expected, the rain arrived early that year. They made plows by carving wood and pulled the plows themselves. They sowed the seeds of grain. Then they used sticks with v-shaped ends to drag thorny bushes and cover the planted

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Tamil Uyir Ezhuthukal

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

I am a translator that works to bring Tamil stories and articles to English. I wrote an article here reviewing a Tamil novel’s translation. To summarize, I mainly criticized the translation for not properly bringing the novel’s soul into English. To be able to do so requires an intimate knowledge of the original language of a story and the

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Cows grazing

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 19

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) Early morning, the next day. Many were up before the birds. One of them picked up a log from a campfire and went to the hut where the cow had been kept. When he shouted for joy, the others rushed

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Rabbit in the Sensory Garden

GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 18

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) They woke up with the birds in the forest and were just as happy and busy. As they had decided the day before, they got started on creating a forest island. Except for the pregnant, the elderly, people whose feet

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GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 17

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) In that forest they ate the fruits they were able to forage such as palm fruit, tindora, cactus fruit, and ghee tomato. The weapons they had used to protect themselves from thieves and bandits were now perfect for clearing undergrowth

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GOPALLA GRAMAM – CHAPTER 16

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) Govindappa Nayakkar looked up at the torch while rubbing lime on a betel leaf. Many thoughts ran through his mind. He got up and went to the back of the house. His throat felt a bit dry. It’s all because

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Mountain’s Dialogue, Bubbles – A Letter

(Orignal Story Author : Jeyamohan Translator: Jegadeesh Kumar) Hello.  We have something in common. Mr. Jegadeesh Kumar. I have come to know Mr. Kumar through our work together at the Colleton County High School in Walterboro, SC. Mr. Kumar is a good friend. We enjoy conversations about religion, the latest book we’ve read and the

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Gopalla gramam – chapter 15

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) There were 60 or 70 torch wielding bandits. To make running easy, they wore leather thong sandals. Two or three of them carried skin-bags filled with water or palm wine. Almost all of them were carrying a torch that was

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Gopalla gramam – chapter 14

(Author: Ki. Rajanarayanan Translation: Radha Soundar & R.S. Saha Editor: Suchitra) (Original Novel : கோபல்ல கிராமம்) When Urkudumban told Govindappa Nayakkar that torch-wielding bandits were on their way to the village, the latter turned to Akkaya and asked him what to do. “Torch wielding bandits? Let them come. We can have a grand reception for them!”

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