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.”

Greika Kathal Kavithaigal

Greika Kathal Kavithaigal (Love Poems from Greece)

Pub: Marutham Pathippakam, Oratthanadu – 2000.

Fifty love lyrics from the folk literature of Greece translated for the first time in Tamil. Many of them are erotic to the core.

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Summa Kida (Nothing to worry)

Summa Kida (Nothing to worry)

Pub: Marutham Pathippakam,
Oratthanadu – 2000.

A translation of Henry Borrell’s French novelette ‘Wu Wei’ based on Taoism. Highly philosophical in tone it talks about how helpless we become in the hands of Father Time.

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Marma Kullaai

Marma Kullaai (Mystery of the Missing Cap)

Pub: Sahitya Aklademi,
New Delhi – 2001

Forty two of the Oriya short stories of Manoj Das translated into Tamil from the author’s English version. The pretentious life styles of the pundits, politicians and high-ups and the author’s profound sympathy for the underdogs are all admirably brought out in this translation.

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Yaro Oruthiyin Kaditham

Yaro Oruthiyin Kaditham (Letter from an Unknown woman)

Pub: Tamizhini,
Chennai, 2001

A Tamil translation of an excellent work of fiction from the German Writer Stefan Zweig. This translation received the best translation award from Thirupur Tamil Sangam. Prescribed for the students of translation at the post graduate level by Pondicherry University, Puducherry. The Tamil film ‘Thendral’ is based on the translation.

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Odiponavan (The Runaway)

Niveditha Putthaga Poonga,
Chennai, 2005

Stefan Zweig’s unforgettable short story translated into Tamil. This book includes also his Yaro Oruthiyin Kaditham plus an introduction to the life and works of Zweig.

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Charitthiratthil Edam Peratha Oru AAndil

Charitthiratthil Edam Peratha Oru Andil (The Year Forgotten in History)

Pub: Muttram,
Chennai, 2006

Fifty three short short stories of Khalil Gibran, the well known Arabic writer, are translated here in Tamil. Philosophical in tone, these stories have a full cycle of excellence which they owe not only to their forms but to the themes as well which eminently suit their characters.

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Katha Kathayam Kaaranamaam

Katha Kathayam Kaaranamaam (The Serious Business of Storytelling)

Pub: Aalaya,
Chennai, 2006

Twenty two essays on the various aspects of world literature written in humorous vein. They are both informative and entertaining.

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