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ஒரு புளியமரத்தின் கதை [Oru Puliyamaratthin Kathai]

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  66 reviews
1966 இல் முதல் பதிப்பு வெளிவந்த காலத்திலிருந்து தீவிர வாசகர்களின் கவனத்தில் இருந்துவரும் ஒரு புளியமரத்தின் கதை ஒரு நவீன செவ்வியல் புனைவாக நிலைபெற்றுவிட்டது. மலையாளத்திலும் இந்தியிலும் மொழிபெயர்க்கப்பட்டுளள் இந்நாவலின் ஆங்கில மொழிபெயர்ப்பை பெங்குயின் வெளியிட்டது. 2000 த்தில் தமிழிலிருந்து நேரடியாக ஹீப்ருவில் மொழிபெயர்க்கப்பட்ட ஒரு புளியமரத்தின் கதை குறுகிய காலத்தில் இரண்டு ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published February 2008 by Kaalachuvadu Publishers (first published 1966)
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Sangeetha Ramachandran
What a perfect book to read in perfect time. With all the current political dramas going on and we, with or without our knowledge playing different roles in it, this book just shows how we are persuaded into such situation and helps one to compare generations with the level of complications.

"Oru Puliyamarathin Kathai" is a story centered around a tamarind tree that stood as a mute witness to the changes happened around it for generations. In the first half of the book, the narrator narrates stor
Anirban Nanda
It is always an extreme pleasure when you suddenly discover a book that is
i) Indian novel.
ii) Originally written in a regional language Tamil.
iii) Translated and published as Penguin Modern Classic.
iv) Considered one of the masterpieces of Tamil Literature and therefore of Indian literature and still almost no review in Goodreads.

This is a wonderful novel. I don't remember the last time I read something so purely Indian, simple, and yet deeply moving.

Though it seems the central character is Dam
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many lives I've got to live before I finish this book?

The book covers a lot of vivid characters and their notions centered around a tamarind tree indifferently sustaining to the changes happening around it for generations of varied perceptiveness. With such richness in the local dialect, phrases and metaphorical elements, the experience is something delusionally wondrous. I've seen too many elements in other works of people but not at this level of profundity (with surprising elements as we
Sami Nathan
It was bit tough to read and follow the story at the starting but gradually become easy and interesting. Like English book I was using dictionary words given in last pages. It is good novel. The novel is all about a Tamarind tree and people & their behaviors around the tamarind tree in Nagercoil area.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb story flow without any break. And very pleased to read the Tirunelveli slang.
Siva Wright
The story of a Tamarind tree which stands while everything around it - the people, buildings, everything fades away when at last, the tree itself dies.

Though a bit innovative in the way it tells the stories connected with the tree, in its form, it is difficult to call it a novel. The plot wanders too much and when you are at last empathizing with a character, he/she(mostly he) disappears. Only the Tamarind Tree remains as a constant character.

And I seriously can't understand why the translator
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest Tamil Novels I have read. Sundara Ramasamy broken all the barriers of a novel. It had taken sometime before I realised he is into the main story. A wonderful book and a great read for those who know Tamil.
Prabhu R.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, tamil
The writing and the narrative is good, especially blending well with the regional dialect and accent. The story revolves around the one Tamarind tree that stood for generations, the people who came and went etc
Arvind Srinivasan
With title I got to think that the book is going to explain details and history of a tree. The thought was very different and was fascinated on how the author is going to take us through the history. The book in the starting was as per the thought and through 3rd person explains about the tree. It was completely dealing with tree, the change in environment around it, history around it, the happenings around the tree and the changes that tree has seen through.

At the point where I was expecting
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a tamarind tree over a few decades; about how Chellatayi hung herself from it, about how the Maharaja of Travancore was taken by it, how the municipal elections were shaped by it and most of all, about how the narrator and his friends used to sit under it for hours and listen to Asan tell his stories. Stories as seen by the tamarind tree. Tamarind History.

"Isn't it the wisest course, to give up one thing in order to be safe? Doesn't a madman be safe when he loses his mind?
A lizard h
May 22, 2020 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tamil
I prefer to refrain from rating this book, considering it is highly rated. The writing style, that centres the tree in each of it's story, and the language is beautiful at places.

But somehow the story line doesn't make an emotional connection to me. The stories feel long drawn at places and when they actually kind of make an impact, another story and another set of characters appear, and then suddenly few from previous stories make an appearance. It was confusing, re-read the beginning twice, bu
Venki Manickam
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tamil is my mother tongue so I read the book in Tamil. I can't speak for the translation but Tamarind History is a beautiful slice of man vs nature.. The book is super honest in capturing the sociopolitical history of the region. I think the civil disobedience shown by the locals in recent years, trying to protect their environment from chemical corporations and their bought out government explains the characters Sundara Ramasamy captures! ...more
Saravanakumar S K
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just one Tamarind Tree. The whole story revolves around it from the time it was in the middle of a pond to how it was saved from cutting down, how the pond was closed, a town gets developed over there, all the happening around the tree in the town and finally how the tree was killed. Sundara Ramasamy probably was very bold to take this theme as a conception to write a novel.
Shurrendhar Gr
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very rare touching story which depicts the life history of a tree. The politics behind the tree and the effects of the tree. Very touching one. It's very rare to see a book that is this much perfect in its narrative. A must read. ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent piece of work
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story about the tree which will discover the entire city in it.
Anbu Manoharan
It has been many years since I read a tamil book. It was refreshing to read something that you can picture everything described.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells you about how a community changes over a period of time and how human beings because of their greed contribute to such chaos.
i like this book
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarcasm is so natural in his writing. Stunning characters and beautiful narration
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An universe within

One of the the best books that I have read. The idea of narrating an universe from a tree's perspective was fantastic.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I take long time to read because kaniya kumari slang new to me
Dinesh Kumar
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Vishnu Prasad
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hailing from Kanyakumari I can understand the emotion behind the word which su.Ra has put on paper. A simple read and a deep thought provoking ideology.
Divya Ravi
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swami Nathan
Sorry... I need better "top floor" stuff to understand and appreciate such "classics". ...more
Kandakumar C
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book narrates the dialect from and near Nagercoil region and it is well depicted. May be for someone who may get annoyed by the local dialect of the tamil (understanding issues). Overall you will feel like you are living near the tamarind tree.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book. It is a story about Tamarind tree of south tamil nadu. It is a story about various people around the tree in different timelines. It seems the novel has not been written in a single stretch by the author. Since different parts of the story had been written in different times, you can experience that while reading them. Naivety of budding writers lurks in initial chapters , later on his writing skill on characterizing people, of certain period and location has sharpened well, such that ...more
Harikrishnan Mani
The way the writer considered, treated and respected the reader with ever lively incidents, makes the reader to hold the book till the last page is read. A model novel for any writer who would like to consider the reader...
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Sundara Ramaswamy (1931–2005), fondly known as "Su.Ra" in literary circles, was one of the exponents of Tamil modern literature. He edited and published a literary magazine called Kalachuvadu. He wrote poetry under the penname "Pasuvayya". His novels are Oru Puliya Marathin Kathai (The Story of a Tamarind Tree), J.J Silakuripukal (J.J: Some Jottings, tr, A.R Venkadachalapathy, Katha, 2004) and Kuz ...more

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