Friday, January 6, 2017

Sub Marine - Neer Moozhhi

Neer Moozhhi…. Neeril Moozhhi

நீர்மூழ்கி நீரில் மூழ்கி என்ற  குரு அரவிந்தனின் இந்தக் குறுநாவல் விகடன் பவளவிழா ஆண்டில் பரிசுபெற்று ஆனந்தவிகடனில் வெளிவந்தது.

Kuru Aravinthan’s

Neer Moozhhi…. Neeril Moozhhi

The 7th of November, 2009, has been Kuru Aravinthan’s day; he is seen dedicating his newly written stories titled “Neer Moozhhi…. Neeril Moozhhi……”, a collection of two Tamil stories in one compact book in commemoration of his Alma mater, Mahajana Maatha’s Centenary; this event has been taking place in the presence of a distinguished and representative group of Mahajanans and friends gathered together in the Commemorative Building of the Mahajana Investment Group in Toronto, Canada; And famous writer Kuru Aravinthan gains one more accolade, thereby, reinforcing his position as a short story writer and novelist of international recognition.

Hailing from the township of Kankesanturai, Kuru Aravinthan comes of a distinguished family held in high esteem by one and all. His father, late   Kurunathapillai, a great teacher, Nadeswara College (junior school) principal and Town- Council Chairman, his elder brother, late K.Sivagananathan, former Actg. General Manager of Bank of Ceylon and Financial Advisor, his brother-in-law, Mr.P.Kanagasabapathy, a popular Former Principal (Mahajana College, Somaskantha College) and Educationist in Toronto, have all been the source of Kuru Aravinthan’s intellectual and inspirational clout which spurred him to blossom forth as a great writer.

“The growth of a character is evolution and climax is revolution” is oft quoted aphorism in the parlance of story- writing; so much so, the writer brings into play in his pivotal character his chosen human frailties – emotions and passions – love, despair, sorrow, anger, honor, revenge, bravery, ambition, betrayal, etc. resulting in conflicts and the story is carried to a crescendo – the climax; and Kuru Aravinthan is no exception to this story-writing artistry. His single plot, the single setting, the single incident in the stories have been all beautifully inter-woven with the sole aim of sustaining without any interruption  the interest of the readers in the stories ; In the first story,
“Neer Moozhhi….” Which appeared in Ananda vikatan, Sherman for his selfish gains betrays his Project- leader and friend, Michael, the pivotal character in the story who in utter bewilderment of Sherman’s incredible behavior shouts out “You, Sherman,?”; these two words of Michael provokes one to recall to memory the very words of Julius Caesar when he sees his friend Brutus with a drawn out sword aiming at him, “Et tee Brute?, Then fall Caesar” – “And thou Brutus? Then die Caesar”; completely shaken with shock and grief by this treacherous deed of betrayal of his dearest friend, Brutus, Caesar makes no more resistance. Likewise, when Michael is almost within the grasp of his mission of saving the lives of the men trapped in the submarine, he is thwarted by his friend, Sherman who for his personal gains cuts off the line of supply of oxygen to his friend, Michael, causing his gradual death; at this point, the conflict rises into crisis - a deep sense of humanity and self-sacrifice versus betrayal and selfish ambition and the latter seemingly triumphs.

Similarly, in the second story – Urai Paniyil Uyir Thudiththa Poothu…. The climax is reached when the expectant mother, Christena is covertly brainwashed, cajoled, and forced by the Government for its own political gains to hide the news of the death of her husband, Denis, from reaching the public; political debauchery and calculated media-spinning go hand in hand and this becomes the focal point of this story; And Christena, still carrying in her womb the baby-infant yet to be born becomes a devastated destitute walking aimlessly in the street.

Suffice to say it, it is no exaggeration to make the assertion that these two short-stories, once again, demonstrate the creative and innovative style of writing of its author, Kuru Aravinthan who has already more than 100,000 of fans all over the world (Anantha Vikatan Weekly Publish more than 100,000 copies), in the years to come, hopefully, be the Tamil diaspora’s counterpart of the famous short-story writers either the French Guy de Maupassant or the Russian Anton Chekhov.

Mr. M. Karthigesu – Toronto.
Former Teacher,
Mahajana College.


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