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Neela Padmanabhan  -   A Reader
Neela Padmanabhan - A Reader

Neela Padmanabhan - A Reader

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Sahitya Akademi


9788126025404 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 455



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Author: Thalaimuraikal
Pallikondapurma/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Prema Nandakumar
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 455
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126025404


Neela Padmanabhan (b. 1938) shot to fame with his Talaimuraigal (1968), a chronicle of three generations of a Tamil Chattier Family in Iranial with its Malayali ethos. Wielding a felicitous pen both in Tamil and Malayalam, he is a prolific writer of long and short fiction.

Padmanabhan posits a variety of situations drawn from his observation of life around and seeks to pinpoint the social truths arising from them. A master of emotional realism, Padmanabhan's most recent novel Koondinul Pakshikal (1994) takes us to the caves of dense forests to meditate on the fundamental problems that confront man during his earthly existence. In the course of a very active writing career spanning forty years, he has been able to create scores of unforgettable characters who are now part of Tamil literary consciousness like Diravi, Katyayani, Kathiresan, Bhogi.

Prolificity and popularity, however, have never tempted this creative writer to compromise on his ideals. A Fine poet, translator and essayist, Neela Padmanabhan has won several awards including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award and also the Sahitya Akademi Award in Translation. His writings have been widely translated into Indian and European languages.


With the publication of Thalaimuraikal in 1968, Neela Padmanabhan had arrived in the world of Tamil letters. An intense personality who often resembles a touch—me-not flower, Padmanabhan has not allowed prolificity to come always in the way of quality. The despairing intellectual voice is ubiquitous in his fiction and poetry and is not easily smothered by his own feverish, fast—forward style. Nor has he associated himself with any particular school or ism, allowing his passion of the moment to shape his structure. Perhaps this has helped him avoid becoming a caricature of himself. Hence, we are now able to cobble together boldly a significant selection for the discerning reader.

While familiarity with a multiplicity of languages is common enough in India, Neela Padmanabhan has gone further and mastered both Tamil and Malayalam wielding them with effective ease. He has been a voracious reader in Tamil, Malayalam and English, but has had no time to dig deep in the classics in these languages. This has also been good in a way for him, as no weight of the past in terms of diction or usage sits on his moving pen to prevent its electrical flow recording what he sees and what he considers to be the inner dimensions of his characters placed in unenviable situations in the course of certain contexts.

The tensions brought on by the vestiges of received tradition regarding social mores on the surface life of the is his subject and he manages to convey the strains very well through a style that is a combination of traditional ‘story-telling and a feverish stream-of-consciousness. Indeed, if one seeks a single word to convey the .theme of his novels, it would be “Disaccord". Padmanabhan’s triumph lies in his ability to keep on with this theme and show its presence in a variety of situations playing the gamut from a close-knit Tamil family in rural Kerala to the caves of dense forests where man seeks isolation to come face to face with himself.

Besides, Padamanabhan has preferred to stay within the conventional module of fiction. Not for him experimentation with techniques, though he could have adventured in unknown pathways thanks to his closeness with the Malayalam language and his life-long interest in English writing. Again, he has remained within the perimeter of what he has seen and experienced, giving a tonal authenticity to his writing. He has mastered the art of photographing familiar situations and so one feels at home reading his fiction. There is never a dull moment.



Preface by Prema Nandakumar (Editor)

1. The Generations by Thalaimuraikal (1968)
2. The City Where God Sleeps by Pallikondapurma (1970)
3. Relations by Uravukal (1975)
4. The Chariot Street by Therodum Veedhi (1987)
5. Birds in the Cage by Koondinul Pakshikal (1995)

1. Files by Filekal (1973)
2. The World of Power by Min Ulakam (1976)
3. The Journey by Yaathirai (1997)

1. The Incarnation by Naan (1965)
2. Innocence by Pinchu Ullam (1966)
3. War and Peace by Sandaiyum Samadhanamum (1969)
4. Reputation by Perumai (1969)
5. The Third Day by Moondravathu Naal (1969)
6. The Clock by Kadikaram (1972)
7. The Crying Child by Uyir(1973)
8. The Primal Cause by Moolaadharam (1973)
9. The Second Face by Irandavathu Mugam (1973)
10. Dumb Sorrow by Oomai Thuyaram (1973)
11. Offering by Naivedyam (1974)
12. Hunger by Pasi (1974)
13. Child and God by Kushanthaiyum Daivamum (1974)
14. Social Animal by Samuga Jeevi (1975)
15. Nagamma by Nagammavaa (1976)
16. Ants by Erumbukal (1982)
17. The Eyes by Kankal(1982)
18. The Ghat by Theertha Kattam (1986)
19. Erratic by Konalmanla (1986)
20. Twilight by Moovanthi (1986)
21. Service Record by Udyoga Kaandam (1988)
22. Sorrow by Sookam (1989)
23. Tender is the Heart by Nekizhvu (1989)
24. Reading the Fate of Others by Kaalathai Kanithirunthum (1990)
25. Grace by Arul (1990)
26. The Withered Tree by Patta Maram (1991)
27. A Canto on the Crematorium by Mayana Kantam (1994)
28. Birthstone by Kal(1998)
29. Insanity by Avaravar Antharangam (1998)

1. Sleep by Thookkam (1967)
2. Surrender by Sarangagatbi (1968)
3. The Book by Pakkam (1973)
4. The Ethereal Voice by Asareeri (1973)
5. The Walkout by Velinadappu (1973)
6. Plight by Awasthai (1975)
7. Veena by Venal (1975)
8. The Door by Kapaadam (1975)
9. Agony by Rothanai (1975)
10. Mahabharatha by Maabharatham (1975)
11. Fruits of Penance by Thavappayan (1976)
12. Stranger by Anniyan (1980)
13. Corpse Eater by Pinam Thindri (1981)
14. Awards by Awardukal (1982)
15. Assessment by Aayvu (1976)
16. Death by Mrithyu (1976)
17. Fame by Pukazh (1982)
18. Fear by Bhayam (1983)
19. The Iron Ruler by Kodunkolan (1983)
20. No One There by Kanoom (1983)
21. Writer’s Path by Kuuthikkalam (1984)
22. Emptiness by Soonya Veli (1986)
23. Am I a Coward? By Naan Enna Kozhaiya? (1989)
24. Song of Isolation by Viraha Gaanam (1989)

1. Tamil Fiction Today by Sirukathai Nedunkathai Indru (1974)
2. Malayalam in the Context of Tamil Literature by Tamizhum malayalamumh (1981)
3. Literature and Science by Ilakkiamum Vijnanamum (1981)
4. The Tamil Novel Since 1947 by Viduthalaikkuppin Tamil novelkal (1982)
5. Social Change and Post-Independence Novel in South Indian Languages by Viduthalaikku Pinthia Thennindia mozhi novelkalil Samooha Maatram (1989)
6. South Indian Short Stories by Thennindia mozhi Sirukathaikal (1993)
7. Women’s Enslavement and Emancipation in Literature by Ilakkiathil Pen Adimaiyum Pen Viduthalaiyum (1990)

Neela Padmanabhan Speaks to Nakulan (1997)

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