Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Novel Intro : Appam Vadai Thayirsatham - Balakumaran

Appam Vadai Thayirsaatham - Balakumaran

This Story by Balakumaran left a lot of impact on me. This was published in AnandaVikatan from jan 2001 to sep 2001.

The story opens with a lad getting his job in the big apple. [no, this post is not a spoiler]. Before his starting, their family goes on a different kind of pilgrimage to their ancestral village.

They go to the railway station in a town and sell Appam, Vadai and Thayirsatham, and the story goes in flash back. A Brahmin family and 7 generations back.

The head of the family is making a tough living on vaidheeham. [For that matter all the Brahmin families were living on vaideeham till at least a known forefather generation, which makes the plot easily identifiable with most people]. They take the tough decision to part ways from vaideeham and they never look back.

Now, after creating a successful generation, they chart out what is it that made the difference? What are the ingredients for success? What is the essence of their lives and what are the qualities that need to identified and passed on to future generations?

If tomorrow, our children are to start their lives from scratch, what are the primary tools that we need to equip them with?

All the answers are in there.

For having a sense of time, the whole story is woven with the independence struggle, starting with the First war of Indian independence and touching every milestone of the movement.

Buy it in India, Borrow it in London


At Tue Jul 05, 06:02:00 PM CDT, Anonymous ranganathan said...

அன்புள்ள டிஜே அவர்களுக்கு,

அப்பம் வடை தயிர்சாதம் கண்களுக்கு நல்ல விருந்து. ஓரளவு இதைப் படித்துமிருக்கிறேன் (ஆனந்த விகடன் - ல் தொடராக வந்தது).

திரு அல்லிக்கேணி என அழைக்கப்படும் ட்ரிப்ளிகேன்-ல் பிரபலமான 'முரளி கே·ப்' (தற்போது மூடிவிட்டார்கள்) நிறுவனர்களைச் சுற்றிப் பின்னப்பட்ட கதை என என் மாமா சொன்னார்.

படித்தவரை எனக்குத் தோன்றியது - அருமை!

வளமுடன் எழுத எல்லாம் வல்ல இறைவனை வேண்டி......

என்றும் அன்புடன்,

At Tue Jul 05, 11:13:00 PM CDT, Blogger Random Access said...

It is a really nice book. I read it in ananda vikatan myself, but since I am neither in India nor in UK, am trying to get my hands on some tamil classics like "Ponniyin Selvan"

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

At Sun Jul 10, 07:31:00 PM CDT, Blogger ioiio said...

what to do in US?

At Sun Aug 07, 12:41:00 AM CDT, Blogger sukhanya said...

I remem readin this story too in AV but then the whole story has faded from my memory. It ws a nice story.

take care

At Sun Mar 30, 04:36:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ravi said...

I understand the history, Appam, Vadai, Thayirsadham by Balakumaran, definitely will contain the message required for the present day families. I shall buy that book anyhow to read it.

Thanks for your information and introduction. ravisastrigal@yahoo.co.in

At Mon Nov 30, 02:21:00 AM CST, Blogger HARIHARAN said...

I searched for an Info on that story, your bolg is the first thing to pop up on the google.. Nice intro to that novel


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