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August 15, 2006

Thunai

Filed under: Life as I know it,Short Stories — Celia @ 9:28 am

Its been almost a decade since I read tamil novels. My aunt was a die-hard novel fan and I used to read whatever she brings home from the library. Mom used to scold her for spoiling (!!!) me. “Adhu enna, muzhachu moonu ella vidala, adhukkula novelaa?” .. That was the trademark scolding.

Then, schooling and peer pressure got the better of me and I entered into the rat race to get more marks. Novels became a thing of the past. It was only when I entered into college, that I again got time to read novels. This time, it was Sidney Sheldon, Archer and Cook likes. Mystery, romance, action thrillers and what not, I read almost every other kind.

And here, after I started working, I still read those novels. Also, those management and self improvement books like “Goal”, “One night at a call centre”. And when, I got a day off today, all I thought was that I need to sleep for some quality time.

It was then, I noticed the book on my fathers’ desk. This book, “Thunai”, a book by Balakumaran is a pleasant breeze. An indian doctor who is practising in US, takes a short break and comes to India to find a girl and get married (a typical 1 1/2 months leave). What he finds there and how he returns to US, his changed mindset forms the rest of the story.

The story is quite predictable but what makes it interesting is how the characters are shaped and defined. They remain in the memory for long. A typical middle class story – well told. A must read – if you are coming down to India to get married ;).

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5 Comments »

  1. From your posts u sound like a mallu who’s domiciled in TN for generations…right? 🙂

    Comment by ttm — August 15, 2006 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  2. Yeah, you are right. 🙂 I am more a tamil when it comes to speaking and more a mallu when it comes to food and culture.

    Comment by Bindu — August 15, 2006 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  3. sari ithu marriage aagathavangaluku pola… 🙂

    Comment by Syam — August 17, 2006 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  4. I *AM* a tamil and more a mallu when it comes to food and culture 🙂

    Comment by thetalkativeman — August 24, 2006 @ 5:43 am | Reply

  5. @Syam – Illaana, marriage aaanavangulum padikalaaam. 😀

    @thetalkativeman – he he, was wondering who ‘ttm’ was 😉

    Comment by Bindu — August 24, 2006 @ 6:10 am | Reply


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