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by D. Jayakanthan, trans. Dr. Gopalakrishnan Veeraswamy

Brahmopadesam is the story of Shankar Sarma, a Brahmin widower, and a reputed scholar of the Vedas. He lives his life as prescribed by Manu, much to the irritation of his neighbors who look upon him as an irresponsible father to his daughter. Brainwashed with this idea, his daughter, Mythraye, revolts. Sarma himself turns into a revolutionary maverick to the surprise and shock of his neighbors. Is Sarma a religious fanatic or a true interpreter of religion?

Poetry Transcends Grammar narrates a poet’s encounter with a prostitute. Her dignified behavior changes his traditional view of a prostitute and Ramanathan falls in love with her. What follows is the work of fate.

About the Author

D. Jayakanthan is a prolific writer and the author of a number of short stories, novels, and essays. He is one of the most respected and widely read Tamil writers in India. He was honored with Jnana Pith Award, the most prestigious literary award in India in 2002. The Government of India honored him with Padma Shri Award in 2009.

Gopalakrishnan Veeraswamy was born in Chennai, India and migrated to the States as a student. After earning his Ph. D in English Literature from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC he taught English in various schools and colleges in South Carolina for close to thirty years. He is now retired and lives with his wife, Vijaya, in Columbia, SC. He can be reached at

(2010, paperback, 60 pages)


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