Sumitra | Kalpatta Narayanan

Sumitra dies suddenly. Those who come to attend her funeral, shares their memory in this novel.

Sumitra (Novel)
Author: Kalpatta Narayanan
Translation: K.V. Shylaja (Malayalam – ഇത്രമാത്രം)
Edition: Vamsi, Thiruvannamalai. (Second Edition August 2015)

Library Reservation:
NLB – Cumitrā / Malaiyāḷa mūlam, Kalpaṭṭā Nārāyaṇan̲; Tamil̲il, Kē. Vi. Ṣailajā .
Anna Centenary Library: Not available
Connemara Library: Catalog site is down.

Although there are different chapters in this novel, each is similar to a short story in its own style. This is written from authors perspective. Life is moving on without informing anyone. Those who travel with us are different, kind people like Sumitra, some of us are so passionate like you who read this post patiently, some of are so rude fools who behave as if they were got after getting an employment at Delhi. We will remember each of these differently. It is a novel that evokes the memory of each and every one of them.

The wet land of Wayanad, Kerala is shown page by page.

Sumitra bathes again and again. As if the world was smearing dirt on her again and again. She does not even like the flies that come and sit on Vasudevan and his friends, who were lying on ‘palankalam’ (storage house of harvest). She does not allow the dust and spider webs of the ‘palankalam’. She cleans it often. She swallows the world with her ‘wide view’ from where she is. But when the world around her does not have a broad vision, she needs to bath again and again.

Violations of social norm happen in seconds like the lightning strikes in heavy rain. If the reader is not cautious, he/she may misunderstood the novel and Sumitra. As the story goes along, I get couple of thoughts – One – her grace told in that story. Another one – I’m afraid it may be fabricated by others with their partial visibility.

Sumitra’s experience with ‘Pothuval’, friendship with Madavi and Dasan, benefaction with the old man ‘Gowdar’ are interesting to read. The pickle that Sumitra gives to Gowder and the small loans that Gowder gives to Sumitra reminded me of Vannadasan’s kindness . Human is a social animal – Sumitra too.

The translation gives the scene of the Wayanad land. Feel free to read on. Kudos to Tamil translator.

See you in another post, dear readers! 🍯🍯🍯 Happy Pongal/Sankranti 🍯🍯🍯

Geronimo Stilton – Kingdom of Fantasy 1

Hey guys,

Happy New Year 2021.

Do you know Geronimo Stilton? He is a rodent living in the Mouse Island. He is the editor of Rodent’s Gazette, which is a famous news paper in the mouse island.

Geronimo had many adventures like going to America, time traveling and many other things. Even though Geronimo had a ton of adventure, here is a scaredy-cat.

The author of all Geronimo books – Elisabetta Dami – describes Geronimo from top to bottom in every story.

OK! Let me talk about the story the Kingdom of Fantasy – I.

This story talks about Geronimo who enters a fantasy kingdom knows as kingdom of fantasy.

There he meets dragons, witches, gnomes, pixies and fairies. His official guide is Scribblehopper, a well learnt literature frog. Scribblehopper was graduated in a Elvish university with a degree in mythology, fabeology and comparative legendary.

In this story, Geronimo is in a mission to save the queen of fairies and Kingdom of Fantasy – ‘Blossom’.

The queen of the witches – Cackle – is trying to kill Blossom and take over the Kingdom of Fantasy.

Will Geronimo save Blossom? Is Kingdom of Fantasy real?

This is not the beginning and end of Kingdom of Fantasy. There are thirteen adventures of Geronimo in Kingdom of fantasy and two epic adventures.

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

19th Margazhi, Sarvari year, Thiruvalluvar Year 2052.

Margazhi Music Season 26 Dec 2020

Dec 26th was another day with pleasant evening. I could attend three sessions. Vocal by Vishnudev Namboothiri, followed by Sruthi Sagar’s flute, followed by Dr S Sowmya’s vocal.

Vishnudev Namboothiri

Dakshinaamoorthee vidalitha – Dikshitar
ni cittamu nirmalamu – Tyaagaraaja – Telugu
தொடுக்கவோ நல்ல சொன்மலர் இல்லை நான் (thodukkavo nalla sonmalar illai nan) – திருவருட்பா (thiruvarutpa) – Tamil
guru vara mahimala Walajapet Venkatramana Bhaagavatar – Telugu

Dr S Sowmya:

vanajaksha enne
venuga devi samrakshi dhoham
murugane senthil muthalvane mayon marugane
aguvagana sothara
Emani nE nI mahima delupudunamma
sAramaina mATalanda cAlu cAlu rA

I missed to listen to Sanjay Sub. I felt too tired. I need to wait for On-Demand.

Margazhi Music Season 25 Dec 2020

This year has been very tough for many us. Some of my friends lost their job. Some of them have been deported. Some of them lost their kith or kins due to COVID-19. This pandemic, after starting from Wuhan, spread all over the world.

To me – COVID19 scares me – about opportunities, travel back home, health of my family in India. On the other hand, COVID19 pandemic had brought in opportunities as well.

NLB conducted Novel writing workshops in Zoom. I attended the workshops conducted by Writer Jeyamohan and Writer Indira Soundarajan. Don’t worry. I’m not writing anything! Recently I attended the Venmurasu discussion conducted by Chennai readers. Again on zoom. And now… Chennai music season – Music Academy conducts a ‘mini’ music season this year.

It started 24th Dec (Yesterday). I was able to listen to Nadaswaram concert.

I got chance to attend 3 vocals and 1 instrumental today.

Endu Daginado – V Venkatanagarajan (Vocal)

Seethamma Mayamma – Ashwanth Narayanan (Vocal)

Manasa guru guha – Ashwanth Narayanan (Vocal)
Muttuswaamee Dikshitar

Brochevarevarura – Ashwanth Narayanan (Vocal)
Mysore Vasudevacharya

Vizhikku thunai – Ashwanth Narayanan (Vocal)

Santhana Gopalakishnam – Ashwanth Narayanan (Vocal)
Muttuswaamee Dikshitar

Aazhi mazhai kanna – Ranjani Gayatri (Vocal)
Andal Thiruppavai

…. – Ranjani Gayatri (Vocal)
Purandaradasa ?

Vithobha Chala – Ranjani Gayatri (Vocal)

Siddhi Vinayakam Anisam – Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena)
Muttuswaamee Dikshitar

Guruleka Etuvanti – Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena)

Kamakshi Loka Sakshini – Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena)
Syama Sastry

Be safe! Stay at home!

Geronimo Stilton #57: The Stinky Cheese Vacation

What is the book about?

This book is about Geronimo Stilton. One day Geronimo Stilton, was finishing up work one evening when he opened a letter from Uncle Stingysnout. He needed to see him immediately!

Stilton headed straight to Penny Pincher Castle for what he thought would be a nice visit. But his uncle Stingysnout put him straight to work. It was a really terrible vacation for Stilton!

My favourite Character:

My favourite character is Geronimo Stilton because he is kind-hearted and say no to anybody. I don’t like the uncle because he is money minded. I don’t know about others because they are not well defined.

My opinion of the book: The book was great. I love the cheese in the treasure.

Author: Geronimo Stilton
Illustration: Lorenzo De Pretto/Davide Corsi
Graphic: Yuko Egusa
Kindle: Geronimo Stilton #57: The Stinky Cheese Vacation

Tenali Raman

ACK enchants children always. Here is the one on Tenali Rama.

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tenali ramanHi friends,

This story (Tenali Raman) is a Tamil book starring:-

Tenali Raman – Tenali Raman who is also known as Vikatavi (poet) was a Telugu poet was from a village called Tenali. He is also known as Raman. He was a funny and a intelligent man. He always make Krishnadevraya over joy .

Krishnadevraya– Krishnadevraya was an emperor of the Vijayanagar. He always laugh for Tenali Raman’s joke.

The Sage– Sage is a man who is devoted to gods. One of the old (from past) gave Tenali a secret Kali mantra. After this incident Tenali’s life changed.

Kali– Kali is a Hindu god. Kali changed Tenali’s life by giving him a sweet milk and a butter milk as one of the minister in the court.

Raj Guru– Raj Guru is also a minister in Krishnadvaraya’s court. Raj Guru was an enemy of Tenali Raman. Tenali…

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Dumbo – The only flying elephant

Kannan wrote something about the movie Disney’s Jumbo.

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After my school, on 29 Mar 2019 my family and I wanted to go for a movie. Yes, it happens like that always when I score good marks in my exams. My family and I washed our faces and got up ready to go to theater.

I have a choice of going for a Marvel movie starring Captain America (Cartoon character) or the movie Dumbo starring Colin Farrell. I had already seen a marvel movie in the past. That was the one of my mistake that I did. Waste of time! It was disaster! So, my family and I got tickets for the movie Dumbo, which will start 30 minutes later.

Dumbo_(2019_film). Picture (c) Wikipedia Dumbo_(2019_film). Picture (c) Wikipedia

The story line goes like this (as given in wiki page) – In 1919, equestrian performer and World War I veteran Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns after the war (in which he lost his…

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