Kalki : Selected Stories  -  Centenary Edition

Kalki : Selected Stories - Centenary Edition

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Author: Gowri Ramnarayan
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 290
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140290435


Coinciding with the centenary of Kalki's birth, this volume of twelve memorable stories by the legendary wordsmith of modern Tamil is a well-deserved tribute to a writer whose breadth of vision and genius imagined and served a new India.

This collection brings together the best of Kalki's short stories, which contain some of the most colorful and enduring characters and themes of Tamil popular fiction of the nineteen thirties and forties. There is in these stories the heady urgency of the freedom struggle, the piquant humor of the parodied Tamil gothic and devastating social satire.

In her sensitive translations, Gowri Remnarayan has succeeded in capturing the nuances of the gently mordant wit that made Kalki's stories the highlight of the magazines they were originally published in, creating for themselves a dedicated following that flourishes undiminished to this day.


Gowri Ramnarayan, Kalki's grand daughter, was educated in Hyderabad and Chennai and has been a teacher of English and music. She is currently a Special correspondent with The Hindu. She has written several books for children including Abu's world, Abu's World Again, and Past Forward. She has also published translations of plays.

She lives in Chennai with her husband and two children.'