Amma by Perumal Murugan, Tranlated by Nandini Murali and Kavitha Muralidharan

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

‘Amma by Perumal Murugan’ is a compilation of 22 essays by Mr. Murugan about his mother. He has written the stories about his childhood and during the time where he had impacting moments of his life back in the Village. It’s a translated book from Tamil to English. It gave an insight into how his childhood shaped in the Village, the financial problems they had after the death of his father. Most of the stories revolve around how ‘Amma’ had a unique and striking way of life, how it contrasts with the author’s way of thinking. And how it led to them having moments of compromise and learnings about life from each other. The stories are deeply personal and intimate to Mr. Murugan’s life. Bitter moments like him buying a walking stick for his mother seen as a reminder of aging by his mother. And Wholesome stories like Amma accompanying him to school after being feared of getting bullied in school are the paramount range of emotions to traverse.

I have read Poonachi, One Part Woman, and The Goat Thief by Perumal Murugan, and I have thoroughly enjoyed his fictional works. This book gives the reader an insight into how Perumal Murugan’s mother has impacted his life and his values. The stories are simple and yet very engaging.

How Perumal Murugan's Amma Came To Accept His Obsession With Books |  HuffPost India Books
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