Stories of the True

 Written in Tamil by Jeyamohan, and translated into English by Priyamvada Ramkumar, these are stories of secular saints who burn with aram, or dharma. Even the religious ones among them are secular in the sense that their care and concern are for the people and animals of this world and not their own spirituality or the afterlife. Their idealism is enmeshed with their lived experience, both brought out so vividly through a passionate yet subtle art. Their stubbornness against adversity and opposition is informed by their knowledge of politics and literature. They give the lie to the idea that goodness is bland. It is, instead, a flaming sword. This is the first work by Jeyamohan that I've read, and I will be on the lookout for others. Please continue to translate him into English! 

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