Elucidations      (Alapanai)

Elucidations (Alapanai)

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Author: Abdul Rahman
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): R. Natarajan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 104
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9798126026189


Abdul Rahman a former Professor of Tamil, was presented the Sahitya Akademi award in 1999 for his collection of poems Alapanai. He is popularly known as ‘Kaviko’. His Palveedhi and Neyar Viruppam are path breaking poetry collections which heralded the new verse movement in Tamil.

The 42 poems in elucidations (Alapanai) work present some of the striking paradoxes of life in rich and impressive imagery. Some of his powerful metaphors, with their universal import, linger for long. He is one of the pioneers of modern Tamil Poetry movement launched in the 1970s. He Commands avid listeners at poetry sessions conducted by literary bodies.


Dr. R. Natarajan a bilingual author of over 25 books has won several awards for his media and literary contribution in English and Tamil. He has been Principal and Professor of English of an Arts College. Now a Member, Tamil Advisory Board of the Sahitya Akademi, he lent his expertise to some of the Akademi’s projects. He has also translated into English Naa. Parthasarathy’s award-winning Tamil novel Samudaya Veedhi(Snowberry Street). Dr. Natarjan has captured the sprit of the original with his vivacious style of this translation.



1. The lights
2. The Dream
3. The Contest
4. The Crescent Moon
5. The Décor
6. The Wrong Number
7. Debits and Credits
8. Who Am I?
9. The Losers
10. The tears of the Night
11. The Sixth Sense
12. Festival of Humanity
13. The Lines
14. Victory
15. The Wings
16. Like a cloud
17. The Magnetic Rope
18. That is it
19. That Spot
20. The look-alike
21. Clash of Contrasts
22. The old New
23. The Elephant of the Blind
24. The Variety
25. The Path
26. The Roots and Branches
27. The Human Intellect
28. The Giving
29. The Beach
30. Death, the beautiful
31. The mask
32. The Satan’s Sanctum
33. The Secret of tears
34. Kill the self
35. Deliver Yourself
36. Preserve
37. The Other Side
38. Like Water
39. Urban Barbarians
40. Power
41. The Fall