- Author : Vidya Subramaniam
- Publisher : Muzhu Nila Pathipagam
- Language : Tamail
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-13 : BK 0113464
About the book
Kodichchi' is a collection of Tamil short stories written by Vidya Subramaniam. Each story in this anthology is based on a Sangam poem. For the uninitiated, Tamil literature, particularly poetry flourished during the glorious Sangam period (600 BC to 300 CE as per Wikipedia) Sangam poetry is divided into 'akam' and 'puram' that broadly translates into poems on love/eroticism/emotions/relationships and kings/war/heroism/external affairs/public life. Simply put the internal and the external. The two are further divided into seven genres with each having its own unique flavour. A close reading of the Sangam poems reveal that the themes and settings are applicable even during our times. Falling in love, keeping it a secret from parents, making plans to elope, honour killing, living together, swooning for someone without revealing one's love and feelings, pangs of separation, selfless charity, greed and sufferings of a wounded soldier are some of the themes.
From the scores of poems available, Vidya Subramaniam has cherry picked 20 poems (12 from akam and 8 from puram) and recreated it in a contemporary setting. The collection also has two anecdotes from the freedom struggle and one from mythology that are suprisingly so apt for the Sangam poems.
About the Author
Vidya Subramaniam has been writing Tamil novels and short stories for over four decades. Born and brought up in Chennai, she has a hundred books to her credit and has won a slew of awards including Tamilnadu State Award for her short story collection "Vanaththil Oru Maan."
An anthology of her short stories has been translated into English titled 'Beyond the Frontier'. Two of her short stories have also been translated and featured in a book titled 'Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction'. Her historical fiction novel "Uppu Kanakku" is translated into English titled "A Fistful of Salt."
When she is not writing she wields the brush with as much finesse and elan as her pen. A self taught artist, she has developed a penchant for the brush, lending a creative touch to her Murals. Vidya Subramaniam is her pseudonym and her real name is S.Usha.
An wonderful work by Vidya Subramaniam Amma. Kudos to her for infusing Sanga Ilakkiyam to the young 21st century modern generation through these short stories through her simple & effective writing style. She deserves a Sahithya Academy award for this wonderful work.