The Guilty and Other Stories

The Guilty and Other Stories

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Author: Vaasanthi
Translator: Gomathi Naraynan / V Ramnarayan
Publisher: Indialog Publications
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 196
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187981326


This anthology is a veritable treat with its many tales and the twists…

Uma and Maadhav, traumatized victims of their childhood. Have agonized for two decades to unravel the painful mystery of their mother’s suicide. More isolated and alone, their father Balasubramanian too grapples with a past that does not cease to haunt him…

A Young bride takes courage in her hands to defy a tyrannical social custom.

For decades a patriarch has lorded over the numerous women in the household, until one of them rebels.

Declared mad by the husband, a wife is forced to confinement in a sanatorium.

Nostalgia tugs at an expatriate as he is haunted by the fear that his roots will fade away.

As ever, Vaasanthi’s power lies in the quintessential humanist perspective that she brings to her incisive writing. Her characters, mostly female, deal with injustices within their social circumstances in most unique ways, making for evocative and haunting endings.


Gomathi Narayanan has taught in Kerala and New Delhi. Her translations from Tamil have appeared in Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature and other periodicals. Among others, she has translated Vaasanthi’s novel Mauna Puyal as The Silent Storm. She lives in Chennai.

V Ramnarayan works for a Chennai-based corporate communications firm and has written extensively on cricket, a game he played at the first-class level. He is an occasional translator from Tamil to English and has also edited several books.


The Guilty




The Ashes

The Journey

The Seeking

What She Said