Paavam Dalpathado



Paavam DalpathadoOne Dark And Stormy Night , Dalpathado Unexpectedly Crosses Paths With The Narrator Of Meenambakkam Airport The Faceless, Middle Aged Man From Dalpathado S Past Is Mourning The Unexpected Death Of His Daughter In A Plane Crash After They Spend A Dangerous Night In Each Other S Company, Lashed By Rain And Reminiscence, Neither Man Remains The Same The Ghosts Of Meenambakkam Is A Meditation On The Violence That Detonates Human Lives And The Idea Of Love That Endures All Mayhem , Even In Death.

Ashokamitran was one of the most influential figures in post independent Tamil literature He began his literary career with the prize winning play Anbin Parisu , followed by many short stories, novellas and novels A distinguished essayist and critic, he is the editor of the literary journal Kanaiyaazhi He has written over 200 short stories, eight novels, some 15 novellas besides other prose

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  • Paperback
  • 151 pages
  • Paavam Dalpathado
  • Ashokamitran
  • English
  • 16 August 2018
  • 9780143423270

10 thoughts on “Paavam Dalpathado

  1. Nandakishore Varma says:

    I have not been posting reviews for quite some time now Reason is, I am in Chennai on an orientation programme with the new job I have taken I miss my desktop and my own private space posting from my tab is all very well for FB, but GR requires respect.However, this novella simply overwhelmed me so much that I decided I at least had to do a quick review I am not very familiar with Tamil literature, a gap which I decided to redeem recently What better place to start than from the state capital itself Quite serendipitously, I visited the Giggles bookshop and Nalini, its delightful proprietor, pointed me to some landmark books and writers Asokamitran was one of them.This slender book packs so much power in its one hundred and forty nine pages It s the story of a night and a day the unnamed narrator, a father grieving the death of his only daughter in an airline accident, is at the airport at Meenambakkam on some unspecified errand when he meets Dalpathado, an award winning film maker from another country one may guess it s Sri Lanka who is apparently on the run from some people o...

  2. Sairam Krishnan says:

    When Kalyan Raman, the translator of this book, put up the covers of three new Penguin Ashokamitran translations on Twitter earlier this year, I was overjoyed I ve always loved the Modern Classics productions the quiet, sometimes playful seriousness of the covers seem to celebrate the idea of books itself as works of art to be contemplated, discussed, and enjoyed There is also this unique feeling of nostalgia the photographs and illustrations on the covers of these editions evoke, something akin to what the Portuguese call saudade, a feeling of intense longing for something that we perhaps have never really experienced, but seem to miss intimately.With the cover of this particular book, I had no such problem I could miss the real thing I have watched the Madras MRTS train speed through the Meenambakkam station in this very way, and felt some of the things the protagonist feels My Meenambakkam is extraordinarily different from the Meenambakkam of this 1988 book, and yet, I seem to understand the slow, private Madras of that time This is an emotion...

  3. Kartik says:

    After having read Aravind Adiga s piece on Ashokamitran several years ago, I kept his name stored away at the back of my head, keeping a lookout for his works in translation I finally found a stack of them at Words Worth in Besant Nagar.This book starts off a bit confused, but as it progresses, the confusion makes sense The plot as such is very basic and only has two or three real movements The narrator of the book, who is unnamed, has to deal with the ghosts of his past, literally and otherwise It s primarily a story of loss and suffering, and of departures And of how time wears us all down, numbing us, changing us, and pushing us along, like rocks in a stream And at 150 pages, you re soon ready for your own departure.The writing is crisp and leaves a lot of space for the reader to read between the lines There s often left unspoken than there is explicitly stated, bringing to mind Tolstoy s shorter works There is no overly descriptive prose, yet it is not too minimalist either The real heart of the book is reserved for t...

  4. Arjun says:

    I had absolutely no idea this was going to be a thriller is it even Judging by the cover and the blurb, you d imagine a quiet contemplative dialogue between two strangers at Meenambakkam Airport a novel I d have loved to read something along the lines of The Sunset Limited With the sudden introduction of murderers and secrets in the air, you slowly realize the author has other plans, sink deeper into your bed, and get ready to be taken on a different ride than the one you thought you were on.There s something unmistakably cinematic about the present sharp cut to flashback present structure of the narrative On the last page, I found myself thinking not about the narrator, but about Sylvia and Dhalpathado And for some reason found myself singing Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division, a strangely apt tune for the tragic end Their tangent injected a lot of drama into the story without being mentioned too often, and it s used expertly at the novel s conclusion I think that s what going to stick with me, along with the Lalitha flashback and the narrator s regret about not knowing his daughter.Sidenote 1 Ashokamitran Vivek ShanbaghIn the preface, translator N Kalyan Raman classifies Ashokamitran s narrative technique as documentary realism Hi...

  5. Srinidhi Devanathan says:

    Another 5 star I had questions than answers at the end of the book What was the narrator s name Was Dalpathado a terrorist or was he a vengeful lover Did he the concoct the whole spy story Was he follow...

  6. Neeraja Sasidharan says:

    An amazing work of Ashokamitran, very well translated by Kalyan Raman The book is a fast paced thriller, set in the backdrop of Meenambakkam With brilliant balance between the emotions portrayed, suspense created and pace adopted, the book keeps you stay hooked to it until the last page, and longer Characters choose not to leave, and incidents keep haunting.I am so glad that I discovered such a gem of an author Already looking...

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