📕 : The Heroine and The Other Stories
📝 : D. Jayakanthan
📑 : 157
🔖 : #shortstories #translation
⭐ : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
🥻Have you ever read stories with characters that resembled people we see in our daily lives? What if those stories were set in the 1960s but reflect the progressive thinking of the author? Well that’s how Jayakanthan or JK was known as the most progressive writer of his times!
🥻This book is a collection of ten stories and one novelette, originally written in Tamil and translated by his daughter J. Deepalakshmi. Predominantly set in Tamil Nadu, the stories are meshed in the fabric of human relations and social ideologies. Each story sensitively explores situations in the lives of both marginalized and the middle-class, delves into the depths of human psyche, revealing the hidden strengths ordinary people find within themselves when faced with extraordinary circumstances!
🥻Some stories portray courage, whereas others portray vulnerability and humanity in various dimensions. The first story “The Heroine” is so aptly titled and I would say it’s written quite ahead of it’s time! Other stories focus on friendships, luck by chance love, and so on. The novelette “Masquerade” is divided into four parts and stands out for its uniqueness.
🥻Kudos to Deepa for her apt selection of stories from her father’s numerous works. The essence of these alluring stories hasn’t been lost in translation and serves as a constant reminder to read more of our regional works! JK is best known for his ability to explore a myriad of sensitive emotions, especially in women. That said, the self-talk of his women characters is incredibly authentic and relatable:)
🥻 Each story in this collection is a timeless classic. The one thing I felt was that JK could have been kinder to the male characters as they have been depicted as weak or succumbing to pleasures! I would highly recommend this if you love to read impactful stories!