Seasons of the Palm
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I will forever remember Shorty, Belly, Tallfellow, Stonedeaf, their masters and mistress.. and Selvan, Shoety's master's son.
Veeran, the goat and Poochi, the mongrel are the other evergreen characters.
Highly recommended to all those who want to taste the regional flavours of India. ...more
Bonded child labour categorised as 'Untouchables' by their masters. Bearing names because of their physical attributes - Shorty, Belly, TallFellow, StumpLeg, StoneDeaf, Matchstick....
Narrated in third person where they graze cattle and perform various duties, this is the story of their joys and sorrows, cheerful companionship to nasty sufferings, gratefulness to hatefulness.
Captured in a good prose (translation was also good retaining some Tamil words), this was a heart wrenching read which I ...more
Seasons of the Palm by Perumal Murugan
I picked up this book, which was shortlisted for Kiriyama Prize. This book is almost plot-less. It is about the journey of Shorty and his group of untouchable kids who worked as household help to different high caste landlords in Tamilnadu. Reading this book is like looking at a imagery the author had created and submerging in the feeling his words evoked. So, unique is the imagery, narrative, and the thought of the characters that you f ...more
Sitting in a coffee shop, as I start reading Perumal Murugan’s story of a little untouchable boy I begin to feel the usual sympathy for him. But the story cuts me short. This is not about me or my distance from the characters in this act. It is only about a few friends who meet every day whil ...more
It centres around a boy, Shorty, who is in indentured labour to a landowner - the Master (in fact, at one point, Shorty realises he doesn't know his Master's name). The story is woven around the fairly small lives that Shorty and his friends experience i...more
Shorty and his friends are all a part of the untouchable ...more
I wonder if Perumal Murugan's middle name is poignancy...Every novel of his, which I had read has a poignant ending and leaves a feeling of despair in the readers heart...despair to cling on for long...despair whose only optimism is to make u appreciate all that belongs to you and of which ensues a long list of complaints from your end....
The story is about Shorty a bonded labor..the characters are named Belly, Tall fellow, Stone deaf, Stump leg...Cannot ...more
Genre - Fiction
Storyline - The book describes the lives of children designated as untouchables in rural Tamil Nadu. There is no strict plot, the book breezes on as a collection of incidents.
Review - Needless to say, the author's writing brings an Indian rural hinterland to life. There are festivals, lustrous crops, open fields, cattle, sheep and young children intertwined with casteism in its rampant gory.
Though the writing is poignant, th ...more
A book with an intrinsic story about society and the differences we create amongst us. A story that's extremely relevant In India given our politica ...more
This is one of those stories.
The book is about a boy "Shorty" who is an 'untouchable' as many call it. A child no different than other boys of his age; lively, happy, and restless, but burdened by a sin, the sin of being born in a family as his.
It tells ...more
To start with, I was amazed at the way the author has narrated the life of a boy named Shorty who was given into bonded labour and was treated as an untouchable. The book opens us to the life of an ordinary child whose life gets affected adversely by poverty and racism. While reading the book you will be startled as to how Mr. Perumal Murugan ...more
It is a very sad story of shorty who has no life or independence of his own, who works for his master like a slave for very little or no money.
The storytelling by the author has been very com ...more
Beautifully written and translated, the book is a gripping read, providing insight not just into social injustices but also of growing up and the complexities of adoloscent friendships.
sometimes funny with best village scenario and nature's blend mixture gives you lessons & also makes us sad.
worth a read #murugan💜💙 ...more
Cast(சாதி) has divided by what the work he is doing.
Nothing to say more. Read it u can go to the world of 90’s kongu region.
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Perumal Murugan is a well-known contemporary Tamil writer and poet. He was written six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of po ...more