Books by P.Raja

“I think in the language of silence. I am sure you too do. My thoughts find a vehicle to reach you. Whether I think in English or in Tamil depends very much upon the letters of request I receive from editors of newspapers and journals. My books are only those flowers of mine collected for a shapely vase.”

The Blood and Other Stories (1991)

The Blood and Other Stories (1991)

(B.R.Publishing Corporaton, Delhi-110 007;
pages: 108,    Price: Rs.40.
ISBN: 81-7018-665-x

The thirteen stories in this first collection touch not only deep inside you, but also leave their indelible mark there. In fact, they are full of compassion, the highest quality that a writer could possess. Also, they are imbued with an imagination which enthralls. There are writers who go straight to your heart. P.Raja is one of them.

Comments

Mr. P. Raja’s The Blood and Other stories is his first collection of original short stories. In some of his earlier works, he had retold legends, folktales and popular tales which have delighted the old and the young alike. The Blood and Other Stories contains thirteen stories which make a profound impact on a sensitive reader by their striking originality, imaginative presentation and humanistic appeal. They are written in a crisp, easy and enthralling style and bear testimony to the author’s compassion and concern for humanity, his hatred of sham and cruelty and capacity to see through human follies, pretensions and prejudices.

(Prof. K.R.Ramachandran Nair in The Advent)

P.Raja is at his best as a short story writer, doing full justice and maintaining the right balance between all the aspects of a short story such as plot, characterization, climax and denouement. His style is lucid and limpid and the messages that he wants to drive home rightly reach their destinations, the hearts and heads of his readers. From sheer variety, interest and irresistible appeal, this collection deserves a top rating.

(Dr.R.Rajarathnam in Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies)

P.Raja is a storyteller in the full meaning of the word, a master of an art whose origins may constitute the beginning of civilization. The Blood and Other Stories is a delightful blend of classically styled parables and tales and contemporary stories of ethnic India. .. He gives us many things in this book: the basics, entertainment; the content, an entertaining glimpse of another culture; the meat, a strong sense of the universality of human experience; and, perhaps most significantly, the blessing of values.

(Ray Doty in Aristos)

P.Raja has a simple, straight and racy style in which he writes his facile prose. This can be classified as purposive writing. In fact, my eyes behaved like a rail being attracted instantaneously by a magnet in reading Mr.Raja’s Blood and Other Stories which is a mixed bag of fiction and fantasy. His sense of humour – an element which is fading in the commoner – is also remarkable.

(V.R.Ramabhadran in Yuva Bharati)

P.Raja knows the art of story-telling. From a common place news item, an ordinary situation he leads us towards the exceptional and the strange, and the turn of events takes place just at the juncture of a sentence. His stories are not without humour…What strikes us always is the real sympathy expressed for his characters without malice with a generosity which is so touching – from an absent minded professor to a poor vendor of groundnuts. With the unexpected, comic and tragic, we have in all some moral, only the moral that is needed.

(Claude LE ROY in Noreal)