Seeking the Invisible Humanness in an
Alien land’ A review of the Diasporic issues as revealed through the selected Short
stories of V.N. Giridharan - By R. Dharani, Lecturer, Dept. of
English, PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore – 641 014., Tamil
Nadu, India -
is a customary and acknowledged activity not only of animals and birds, but also
of human beings. People move from one place to another for different purposes
from the historical times. If the origin of the English Language is examined,
the reason would be the migration of the people who were living around the Black
sea towards Western and Eastern directions by around 3000 BC. The movement
formed the Indo-European family of Languages from which the English Language
evolved. Roughly speaking, the term ‘Diaspora’ is a synonym to the term
Void Within – The Migration of an Albatross into an Unsolicited Province - A Study on the Writings of the Canadian Tamil Writer V.N. Giritharan - By Dr. R. Dharani
March 1, 2013- Recently, a conference on canadian writing was held in the National college , Trichy. Called 'Canada:A Multitude of Spaces', the conference was spearheaded by the Indian Association of Canadian Studies. The following paper on V.N.Giritharan's writings was submitted to the conference by Dr R Dharani.]
Literature, in a way, is a manifestation of an individual’s or a community’s elusive experiences. A grand procession of happy episodes alone in a life is highly impracticable and astonishing, as life itself is, and in most cases, akin to the tragi-comedies of Shakespeare. However, in the history of literature across the globe, catastrophe gained more attention than romance, chivalry and happy endings. The misfortunes of African- American writers have ever earned them the proper justice. The sorrow-stricken lives of a community who had been intimidated simply because of their ethnic background have been the cause of many social changes in western countries. Of all the complexities of life, the crisis of a survival stands first in the life of any human being. This is not the case with any other living creature in any part of the world. In any piece of literature, it is not uncommon to unearth such a theme intertwined with many other themes. Man struggles to locate a place of his own on this planet to ascertain a sense of identity of his life. Nationality, nativity, society, family, tradition, culture, language are such things endorsing the survival impulse of a man. Depending on the needs, man sets the priority for concepts like nationality, family and other matters.
Fractured Self: A
Study of V.N. Giritharan’s
Selected Short Stories A dissertation submitted to the University of Madras in partial fulfilment of
the requirements for the award of the degree of
Master of Philosophy in English under choice based credit system
By M. Durairaj......Read More
The ‘Translocal’ Nationalism of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora:A Reading of Selected Short Stories of V.N. Giridharan Dr.Gnanaseelan Jeyaseelan. The Pain of Living Away– the Ethno–cultural Alienation, the Sense of Guilt, and the “Translocal” Nationalism of the Srilankan Tamil Diaspora– A Study of the Selected Short Stories of V.N. Giritharan, presented at the UGC National Seminar Session on “Issues of Identity and Culture in Recent Asian Diasporic Fiction”: Department of English, the New College, Chennai–14, on March 13th and 14th 2007: ..Read More
-Translation By: Latha Ramakrishnan : Based on my
own experiences as a migrant and at the same time having the plight and
problems of my country as the focal points my writings have taken shape.
As regards my Tamil writings of today that has left its soil and survive
in an alien land, it leads a life in a world that hangs suspended, struggling
to come to terms with life in between the strange climate of the land that
has given them shelter and the memories of their motherland...Read
part of the world famous for THE New York City. The fifth floor of the building
that once stood at a corner of Brooklyn. I don’t know how many floors
there are. All that I know is that I am in the fifth floor of the
structure. That’s all. And, to me this fifth floor is, as far as
America is concerned, another world. Fashionable hair-dos and fragrant
Novel: AN IMMIGRANT By V.N.Giritharan [Translation By Latha Ramakrishnan; Proofread & Edited By Thamayanthi Giritharan ]: - I have already written a novella ,
AMERICA , in Tamil, based on a Tamil refugee's life at the detention camp.
The journal, 'Thaayagam' was published from Canada while this novella was serialized. Then,
adding some more short-stories, a short-story collection of mine was published under the
title America by Tamil Nadu based publishing house Sneha. In short, if my short-novel describes
life at the detention camp, this novel ,AN IMMIGRANT , describes the struggles
and setbacks a Tamil migrant to America faces for the sake of his survival – outside the walls of the detention camp. - V.N.GIRITHARAN To read more
New Tamil Writer
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were being written in the poetic form itself. At the same time verses that
lacked the essential rhyme and rhythm were also being written in the magazines.
Right from the period of Sangam literature these trends could be seen.
This remained the profession as well as the heart's content of the poet's
clan. But, listening to the tales continued to be the prime interest of
the general public. From old to young, people loved tales...Read
Thoughts on Tamil Literature..
me there is no difference between writers from Tamilnadu or from Singapore
or from Malaysia or from Sri Lanka. We all belong to one family: Tamil
writers family.Tamil writers living in many different parts of the world
should feel united. For instance, in Tamilnadu various Tamil writers from
various parts write different Tamil; they speak different Tamil.Speaking
differently or writing differently doesn't mean they are different. They
all belong to the same Tamil writers family. Sri Lankan Tamil literature
or 'Pulampeyarnthor Literature' or Singapore Tamil Literature or Malaysian
Tamil Literature or Tamilnadu Tamil Literature all should be considered
as part of the same Tamil Literature.
Contradictions always exist.They
shouldn't be antagonistic, instead they should be friendly.There is a need
for a serious literature. There is a need for a children literature. There
is a need for magazines like kanaiyazhi or kalachchuvadu. At the same time
for 'pamara makkal' there is a need for a news paper like Thinath thanthi
or magazine like Ranee. There is a need for 'Ampulimama' or Kokulam for
If we understood this, there won't
be any fighting among various literary groups. The purpose of the literature
is for various reasons. It can be a guide; it can be an entertainment;.....
it can be useful in various ways. For instance, during my past life, at
various stages I was influenced by various writers and writings due to
my age and my knowledge. Going through these different stages are necessarry
for the growth. As a child no one expected me to read Kafka. I had to reach
certain level before I understood Kafka.
For me , all these different '...isms'
in literature are important and necessary for various reasons. Fighting
against each literary concept is not a positive thing to do. -V.N.Giritharan-
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