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Writer Sujatha

I just heard that writer Sujatha passed away a while back today.

(From flickr).

எத்தனையோ புத்தகங்கள் இருந்‍தாலும், ஒரு நாள் சிறிது நேரம் அமைதியாக படிக்க நான் எடுப்பது சுஜாதாவின் புத்தகங்கள் தான். போன வாரம் கூட ஒரு பொது இடத்தில் காத்திருக்கையில் "ஸ்ரீரங்கத்து கதைகள்" தொகுப்பை திரும்ப படித்துக்கொண்டிருந்‍தேன். அப்போது அங்கேயும் ஒரு தமிழர் அதைப் பார்த்து என்னுடன் சுஜாதாவைப் பற்றி பேசிக்கொண்டிருந்‍தார்.

சிறுகதைகளில் அவர் அளவிற்கு தாக்கத்தை ஏற்படுத்தியவர் வேறு யாருமில்லை. தனது கட்டுரைகளின் மூலம் எத்தனையோ விஷயங்களை எளிமையாக எழுதினார். இலக்கிய உலகில் ஒரு சூப்பர் ஸ்டாராகவே இருந்‍‍தார், பலருக்கு எரிச்சல் வருமளவிற்கு.

இனி மெக்ஸிகோ சலவைக்காரி ஜோக் என்ன என்பது தெரியாமலே போய்விடும்!

balaji - clock 01:01:00 - Wednesday, 27.02.08 - General - 25446x - pencil permalink
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  1. [1] from: Cinema Virumbi

    I am one of the die hard fans of Sujatha! In 1980-83, when I was in Jamshedpur, some friends of mine ( most of them ex MIT-Automobile Engg.) used to comment " SujathavE asandhuruvaarda! ippadi oru theevira rasiganaip paarththu vittu!". Many years later, in mid 1993, a few months before his settling down in Chennai, post-retirement from BEL Bangalore, I bumped into him inside a lift in SCOPE building, Lodhi Road, Delhi. I almost hit the ceiling of the lift with excitement! After a brief introduction, he promised me a longer appointment the next day in the same building. Somehow, his schedule of interviews for young recruits in BEL was over earlier than planned and we couldn't meet thereafter. Much later, when he was editing the e-zine, I used to send e mails to him and he also replied to quite a few of my mails.

    Sujatha's contribution to Tamil literature in 20/21 century was so colossal that one can easily classify the period as Pre- Sujatha and Post- Sujatha!

    Pallaayiram Thamizh vasagargaLudan Ganeshum Vasanthum kaNNeer vadikkiRaargal!

    Good Bye Sujatha Sir!

    reply to this comment Wednesday, 27.02.08, 19:23:01
  2. [2] from: Kumar

    Sure it is a greatloss. Not only will we miss Ganesh and Vasanth but also Vaaram Oru Paasuram. A great write who could write on diverse subjects.

    reply to this comment Monday, 03.03.08, 00:57:56
  3. [3] from: Sumathi

    Even getting to know Writer Sujatha was interesting. First I thought that Sujatha was a lady writer. Then I was suprised to know that it is actually a man writing under his wife's name. The words & style used in his creations reflected a mishievous youngster's mind. Even more was the surprise to know(in the 70's) that writer Sujatha was in his middle ages.

    After so many years, recently I got the chance to read his novels including other novels written by other authors in the same period. So his death was a more shocking & brought back nostalgic memories. One thing I noticed was that, one can read his creations at any age or time. His characters are evergreen. Did he do it with that intention (that his creations should be timeless)in mind or that was his own style? The other novels I read clearly indicated the period, culture etc. It was so outdated & it took a while to get used to it. But not so with Sujatha. It automatically brought back a smile while reading.

    Poet Kannadasan said about himself,"Death is not for me. I will live through my creations." The same applies to Sujatha. He will live through this creations in the minds of his fans forever.

    Sincerely regret that I did not get a chance to meet, talk or see him.


    reply to this comment Wednesday, 05.03.08, 09:18:00
  4. [4] from: Mani

    He was such a great writer; was a genius. I have read and read and read almost all his writings. I can now see how many hearts he has moved (including mine). He has left his prints in this world. I was all in tears the other day last week. Bye my writer.

    reply to this comment Tuesday, 11.03.08, 17:33:48

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