Poonachi by Perumal Murugan

Book- Poonachi, or story of a black goat

Author- Perumal Murugan

Publisher- context

Pages- 180

This is a fable about a feeble black goat, poonachi and her endeavour to survive in all adversity and hardships.

One old couple in distant village of farmers, one day gets a small black goat as a gift and from that day, their life gets deeply entangled with the fragile creature.

Bond between old lady and goat is moving. She understands her bleats; can seperate painful bleats from bleats of joy and anxious bleats from bleats when goat is in heat. Their bonding stays firm while everything around them melts away.

It has deep sattire on authoritarian government and insensitive beauraucracy. It shows meekness of poor who find only solace in their imagined Gods.

There is a cute Love story embedded in the frame.

To weave painful magic in a small fable, using basic words of common dictionary is a profound act of genius by author.

This is a masterpiece of India writing.

Rating 4/5.🍩🍩🍩🍩


Review- A comma in a sentence

Author- R. Gopalakrishnan

Pages- 164

Publisher- Rainlight Rupa

Genre- autobiography, history.

This one is small read which I picked up due to its very lovely cover and small gritty hardcover format. Ofcourse, I had heard good things about the author. But I am content now, that I have read it.

Book is autobiographical account of life of brahmin family living in villakudi village of Tamil Nadu, which faces all the challenges in Indian society but still thrives creating deep impression on the mind of the author.

Book has simple language, gives a lot of historical facts, which I found interesting and has a chapter on wisdom by author which he has derived during his life long career as a top leader in Hindustan lever and Tata.

Chapter on Calcutta and Subhash Chandra Bose is very good. Book touches every aspect of society like cast, farming, family values, temples, rituals, religion based politics, brain drain and main events in Indian history from Tipu Sultan to liberalisation.

Not a novel book but still a lot can be learned in this pacy read with aroma of Indian society filling your room and one may find familiarity of unchangeable destiny of Indian middle class. Middle class whose only option is embracing the change and then trying to adapt quickly to it and survive generation after generation, becoming more affluent each time.

One section discusses stories which had impact on author, these are all interesting stories

Flaw of the book is that it’s simple journal about self and plot wanders irregularly between history, present and autobiography.

But simplicity of writing, makes me think I will read his other books someday.

Rating- 3.5/5