Perumal Murugan is one of the finest writers in the Tamil language. He is no stranger to the world of Tamil Literature. His works highlight both critical acclaim and commercial success which were also translated into many languages and gained popularity. Perumal Murugan’s stories are raw and stripped bare and are made to parade in front of the readers without any shyness. He is an author who never failed to leave his reader awestruck with his raw, simple yet elegant piece of work which can evoke emotions in anyone.
Here are some of the facts that you might not know about this finest Tamil writer:
Murugan started writing very early and was the part of the first generation in his family to be educated formally. His childhood was very lonely and he used to read whatever he could get his hands on- newspaper, books, and magazines.
Murugan, as a child often played alone because of the difference in age of the children in the village and him. He used to usually invent new games for himself and used to play them in an isolated place.
He is an avid listener of the radio who began writing little songs and poems, where many of them were broadcast on All India Radio. Perumal’s first work of writing was a poem for his cat, ‘Poonam nalla poonai’ which means Poonam the good cat. It was then broadcasted a few years later in the children’s programme of All India Radio Tiruchirappalli station.
Murugan has 5 collections of the poems he wrote, that are published, consisting total of 350 poems. He contemplated writing forty books and ten novels, when his children asked him about, how many books he will write.
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One Part Woman was Perumal Murugan’s best-known work that was shortlisted for the crossword award. In 2015, it won the prestigious ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman for the same.
In 2015, when there were weeks of threats and violent protests by the caste groups against his novel, he and his wife had to abandon their home and were transferred to colleges in Chennai which was home to them from last 17 years. When he got calls to ban his 2010 novel, ‘Madhorubhagan’, by caste-based groups, Perumal Murugan announced that he will quit writing. This novel attracted controversy so soon after and the Madras high court dismissed this case. He returned to his career as novelist soon after that.
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