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Kallikaattu Ithigaasam

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,952 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Paperback, 376 pages
Published 2001
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Vaishnavi Natarajan
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a lover, as a husband, as a father , as a devotee to his birth place, as a hard worker , as a guardian , as a model for perseverance....Very inspiring characterization of "PEYATHEVAR".

Yet another book that gives us the feeling of contentment...
Jul 26, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: Every one
Its really superb books of vairamuthu......In that book the author described the difficulties of an village man.....the way he delivered the story is superb......The last pages of this book i saved my tear drops.....One of the greatest book....Every one Should read....
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book talks about migration. How migration affects people even if their life conditions are not that great. The story is about a farmer trying to make his ends meet by hard work. Then the government asks them to migrate since they want a dam to be built there.

The proposed dam is to provide drinking water to the city of Madurai and nearby towns. Its going to improve their life's and kill the life's of the village folks who have spent all their hard work in the land.

Providing a farmer an altern
Kalikattu Ithigasam
i want to read kallikattu ithigasam by vairamuthu
Ramalakshmi shanmugavel
No philosophies would teach us more than life by experience..if we want to get experienced n a better way we should keep hold the books..just love the way that it leads you..this book is based on a true story. It is like dictionary of Hardwork,love,people,pain,self confidence,affection,care,money and mainly "life"..we cant control the emotion when it makes us to feel the strong affection on animals and non-living things too..Great!
#Most favorite
Aishwarya Ramkumar
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tamizh-books
Being an ardent fan of Tamizh, I started to search for some Tamizh novels, not too historic/epic. In this process, I came through 'Kallikaatu Ithigaasam' by Vairamuthu and started reading it. Though the slang in which the entire story was narrated being in a village style, one could understand the depth of the story through it. I was able to visualize every line in it, which no book has did to me. Every chapter in it,ending with a curiosity to read the next one, I could complete the whole book q ...more
Yuvaraj Ravichandiran
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The novel depicting the lives of village farmers is a rare one, this book is the best in this context. Adding the fact that this book says the early life of Kaviarasu Vairamuthu, the story moves with the culture and life around Kallipatti.

We can feel their lives on those days and can gain an immense knowledge about a village. It had shown me how the people live, what they do for their living, how they eat, what they eat, how they sleep, how a theft occurs, how sarayam is prepared and sold, how a
Ruby Rajendran
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The lead character reminds me so much of all the people i have seen when I go to my native place. "mapilla" thatha who will be usually seen under the giant tree beside the road which leads to my grandparent's house, "Mittaai" thatha who gives a kiss on my cheeks and orange mittaai in my hand every time i see him, and finally my grand father who i can see from the road leading to the house because he will be sitting on a stone, which is used to tie cattle, feeding the cattle and waiting for us ev ...more
Vinoth Srinivasan
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exploring-me
This wonderful piece of writing explains what agriculture and homeland means to Tamil people.
Dwarakeshwaran Malathi Magesh
The best part of reading a book is not at the beginning; not at the middle; not at the end. It's the total journey of reading a book that makes a book Legendary.

கள்ளிக்காட்டு இதிகாசம் is one such book.

It doesn't have any definite storyline. It's all about this 70-year-old guy - Peyathevar. The struggles he faces and how he confronts those struggles is the essence of this book. I don't want to judge this book politically because this book isn't about the imbalance in social hierarchy or misogyni
Mohan Nath
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who willing to read about tamil villages
This book deal with the life of a backward class person Paeyathevan very deeply. In this book he(Paeyathevan) works for his entire life for his family. He dedicated his whole life to his off springs
1.senu - his spoiled son
2.sellathayi - his dowry desire daughter
3.mokkarasu - his poor grandson
4.minnalu - his second daughter
. This story narrates the farmer suffer in his life in place like kallipatti were water scarcity is a major issue. The author also deal with how the caste system was followed i
Krishnakumar Subburaman
This novel was recommended to me by actor Vivek. :p

Yes, ever since he has mentioned 'Kallikkattu Ithikasam' in the movie Anniyan, I always wanted to know what is so special about it.

I have not thought Vairamuthu as a story-teller till I've read 'Karuvachi Kaaviyam'.

Both the titles have moved and touched me to the core. The way he narrates the story is unique with lot of his own style poetic metaphors. Strongly recommended for Tamizh literature followers.
Dhivya Chandran
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Felt heavy hearted while completing this book. As described by the author the title ithigaasam suits it very well, a true story. Never felt evacuation of people for a cause can actually do irreparable changes in their lives and leave incurable pain in their soul.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read-books
The slang used in this book was little difficult to read. The main role played by "Peyathevar" took me to the olden age. It is a heart breaking story in which each and every page makes us to feel like whether something good happens to him as he was a totally unlucky man but a hard "Vellaikaran". ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book.It came as a present once i finished my first level of notable exam(10th public).I completed within a month.Its the feel evryone expects to be in such a village with such kinda true people surrounding it.
Good Day=Good Book=Good Luck
Vinoth Jeevanesan
One of the MUST READ book for Tamils. Excellent plot.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous piece of work. The character Peyadevar lives in the mind of readers eternally.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Story is ok, no twist or thrill
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tamil-novels, o-books
The first novel that I read in vairamuthu's writing. Excellent writer he is. And the novel is simple and elegant. ...more
Rana Abiragesh
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will make us one of the character. ..
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good novel
Sunandha E
Wonderful description of the age. Loved alot. Mesmerizing work by Vairamuthu.
Prasanth RK
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vignesha Aerospace
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full of emotions , Vaira muthu sir is expert in handling minute details in a beautiful way
Ayyanar Durai.M
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Rithi Prasadh Eswaran
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!
Book portraits village culture.
Manigandan Jegannathan
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I always remember those tears when I finished this book. Such a pain
Personally I doesn't prefer this book, ( Though awarded Sahitya akademi ) for the beginners. Thus the book contains pain & suffering alone. ...more
Karthik Jaganathan
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Vairamuthu was born to Ramaswamythevar and Angammal of Mettur in a middle-class family. When he was four, the village gave way to Vaigai Dam and the family moved to Vadugapatti village, a farming community in Theni near Periyakulam.

The ambience of the village is said to have inspired him to write poems. According to him, Tamil and Rationalist movements of the sixties stimulated his poetic zeal. Th

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