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Free download × Poonachi 106 í [Read] ➲ Poonachi ➮ பெருமாள் முருகன் [Perumal Murugan] – Through a seeming act of providence an old couple receives a day old female goat kid as a gift from the cosmos Thus begins the story of Poonachi the little orphan goat As you follow her storThrough a seeming act of providence an old couple receives a day old female goat kid as a gift from the cosmos Thus begins the story of Poonachi the little orphan goat As you follow her story from forest to habitation independence to motherhood you recognise in its significant moments the depth and magnitude of your own fears and longings fuelled by the instinct for survival that animates all life Masterly and. “Once in a village there was a goat No one knew where she was born The birth of an ordinary life never leaves a trace does it” Poonachi or The Story of a Black Goat is written by Perumal Murugan and translated by N Kalyan RamanIf you have read books like Animal Farm Heart of a Dog Jungle Book Maus Stuart Little etc you'd be very well aware of the concept of anthropomorphism where basically animals are ascribed with human behavior and characteristics; Poonachi also falls in this particular genrePoonachi is a story of a black goat who is anthropomorphized specifically to the women in Indian society or at times women in general “They talk about the highs of toddy and liuor but those are not highs at all Real intoxication comes from talking The moment it crosses a limit we forget everything” In the beginning it feels just like reading a fable and made me reminisce with my childhood times where I grew up reading Jataka Tales Panchatantra Baital Pachisi Hitopadeshaall these folktales instill morals inside a tender mind of a child which imprints a permanent mark that lasts for a lifetime Except in this case it's considered to be an Adult novel but I'm pretty sure it still has the same effect you choose to view the world a little differently once you read these kinds of booksPoonachi is a blend of all the uncanny ways human civilization have adapted to function since eons to the present and the emotions of an innocent animal who undergoes exploitation by human beings for their own good At parts it feels like it's not Poonachi who's describing herself and the utter agonies of her story but it's you yourself reading all your struggles through itPerumal Murugan has successfully captured the essence of being a woman in the form of a goat her struggles and dreams represent the innocence of daughters in our society and as she grows old the weight of responsibilities and expectations grows tenfolds from the people of the society and how she sacrifices everything that's of hers in order to subdue that burden The book majorly provides the insights of Rural India with the perspective of goat and simultaneous representation of the scene where a Farmer goes through an inevitable cycle of debt hunger crisis and survivalThe basic human instincts in order to survive and changing oneself inconvenience to it ultimately leading to selfish motives of a man are properly showed by her owner the old ladywho is major part seen as an extremely compassionate and kind woman who treats Poonachi no less than a daughter but at times cursing her for even being bornSeveral social and political references have been provided for instance “Speak softly sir The regime has ears on all sides''There's an old saying that the regime is deaf''It's deaf only when we speak about our problems When we talk about the regime its ears are uite sharp” Tsk tsk somethings never change This is the first book written by Murugan my first time reading him and a translated novel Being new to Tamil literature I would like to say Kalyan Raman did a commendable job with all those translations Some parts did sound a bit funny and odd to read but it went well since I haven't read the original Tamilian text I do understand how difficult it is to get the translations right he did retain some Tamil words as it is in the book which kept the original essence intactMy heart felt heavy at the end after I finished reading this bookPS It breaks my heart to see how these innocent creatures are treated just a gentle reminder Please be kind to animals and make this world a better place to livePoonachi is an important book I'd recommend it for everyone to read once

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Times on the choices we make as a society and a nation and the increasing vulnerability of individuals particularly writers and artists who resist when they are pressed to submit Reviews for Poonachi “Murugan’s sarcasm speaks of the robustness of his spirit As in all his novels his story is rich in detail He sustains the narrative tension right from the start” Elizabeth Kuruvilla The Hindu Literary Review. 35 stars“A large populace reads your work only as translations Don’t you think this creates a loss of your original text” This uestion was put forth to author Perumal Murugan at the recently held Jaipur Literature FestivalMurugan perhaps accustomed to the uery did not need to pause before he answered in Tamil “Barely a uarter of the ideas in my head get transferred to paper as I write So there is a kind of loss inherent in the very act of writing why should it then come as a surprise during translating”“It can also contain the possibility of enhancement A tightening of structure erasure of fluff coat of beauty I would reuest you to read the translation as a literary text that is complete in itself Do not accuse the process of translation of diminishing the value of the original text It is all you have all you need”This was interpreted excellently into English by N Kalyan Raman the translator of Murugan’s latest novel Poonachi Raman himself added “We should stop assuming a priori that translation is a loss just because Robert Frost said so”uite Forgetting all about the Tamil version we now have the English rendition at hand A slim thoughtful sweetly etched life story of a tiny black goat Judged only by the style and flow of the translation it is a smooth pleasant and heartwarming read The undercurrents and insinuations accusations and symbols though are both joyful and laborious to untangle And while its experimentations of merging a fable with contemporary satire are curiosity rousing they are also responsible for the muddles they give rise to The novel leads us to a hamlet where an elderly couple ekes out a meagre living One day Poonachi enters their ordinary life and creates an astonishing change The miniscule black goat likened to a wriggling worm takes up a huge space in their home and hearth This bonding between humans and animal is an emotional and intimate relation ingenuously conveyed The little kid strengthens the couple’s ties with its neighbours and even between the couple themselves This arouses a tenderness in readers’ hearts a gentleness and magnanimity rarely discovered in today’s works As we are lulled by this simple world brimming with affection and bonhomie the gears start turning beneath our delicately placed feet That there is something sinister afoot becomes evident only after the kid has nudged itself gently into the readers’ soulsSuddenly the reader is made aware of the unforgiving world outside this idyllic microcosm As the old lady stands in line for hours to procure government identification for Poonachu the sorrows of the state come pouring in No one knows exactly what the identification does or why a citizen has to face such misery before even getting a glimpse of a taunting unhelpful threatening government official The harping about the state’s good intentions convoluted reasons of having to stand in an unforgiving ueue the constant glorification of the regime are discomfortingly reminiscent of many countries around the world right now including our ownThis is where we realise the story has evolved from an animal fable to a political satire “I look even at politics through a literary lens” explained Murugan at the festival “But nothing is free of politics and so it is embedded in my work too” This portrayal of an obsessive watchful oppressive state is uite similar to Orwell’s 1984 or the recent state surveillance in Murakami’s 184 It also has a jagged connection to Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant of terror submerged beneath a seemingly tranuil façadeThe rows upon rows of villagers tottering in line to get their cattle verified and being flogged and punished ruthlessly if they dare faint of hunger or heat is a direct parallel to citizens outside the novel of suffering piled on to the already deprived Our minds will wander angrily and fruitlessly to fellow country people who trudge for days to fulfill an official diktat but are spurned and ridiculed and their work left undone We will be enraged by recollections of students who must pay fines to get their certificates corrected even though the error was not their fault; of officials turning defensive and inserting obstacles in the procedure where there are noneIf anyone dares to protest this injustice they are reprimanded “Speak softly Sir The regime has ears” Murugan examines these ears and exposes their worthlessness puts them up for everyone to understand their injustice and begin to rally against them The helplessness of the couple will ricochet back ultimately to the readers themselvesThis simmering resentment anger and introspection are veiled by the childlike tale of the goat that touches the lives of everyone she meets She is anthropomorphised much like Premchand’s or Tagore’s animals and serves as a careful representation of a girl morphing into a womanThe rural milieu its very flavour and atmosphere is captured gorgeously by the writer through knowledgeable insights; it is a timeless representation of fresh pools tender buds and cud chewing cattle of a far flung village Yet the writer is than aware of rural hardships and has stopped short of romanticizing itThe lilting story is disturbed only by the author’s insistence on treating the kid as a human what then of the humans themselves It ends up as a hotchpotch an animal baa ing for attention while its owner clamours for the same space of an animal not remaining one and a human rendered uselessMurugan has humorously described why his protagonist is a goat “I am fearful of writing about humans; even fearful of writing about gods” he says a jab at the huge furor that followed his One Part Woman which talks of both gods and humans “It is forbidden to write about cows or pigs” he says another sly reference to the growing religious intolerance in the country over meaty issuesSo choosing the goat is fine but why is she burdened with a girl’s depictions of menstruation sex and childbirth A girl in her place would have been far evocative if the goat doesn’t serve a special purpose It is a stirring read reminding us of the goats sacrificed during our festivals yes but this is a not a tale seeking sympathy for a goat’s assassination It is a call for innocence and parity of naivety destroyed by a haranguing society of a society trapped in nonsensical rules the goat here isn’t symbolic enough for it all to shine throughThe satire beginning promisingly also ebbs and fizzles and dilutes itself turning every which way in the author’s apparent haste to end the novel The ending though is superb Just a simple sentence but centuries of myths and cultural complexities layered in it that makes for extensive and very interesting background reading A novel that is all heart and yet the flesh is weak and the fur matted almost as much as Poonachi’s First published here

பெருமாள் முருகன் [Perumal Murugan] ☆ 6 review

PoonachiNuanced Perumal Murugan’s tale forces us reflect on our own responses to hierarchy and ownership selflessness and appetite love and desire living and dying Poonachi is the story of a goat who carries the burden of being different all her life of a she goat who survives against the odds It is eually an expression of solidarity with the animal world and the female condition The tale is also a commentary on our. The book has a promising start the premise and the way the author speaks through the goats their personification seemed good Despite his best judgement to not write about religion and politics and hairy topics like that which he foretells in the preface there is some socio political subtext in the world that he writes about However it all goes south as it gets real old real fast The rampant personification and the amount of human emotions that the author piles on the animals that too in a world where humans already exist and interact with them seems hammy Despite being unabashed in showing the heartache it seems not believable The characters of the owners were much believable than any of the others It's a book that had tremendous potential at the start but fizzles out by the end It's a short and fast read so I didn't really mind finishing it but it wasn't something that had me hooked