Koogai: The Owl

Paperback | May 8, 2015

byCho Dharman

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Koogai, the owl-huddled in its hollowwith the sun overhead, it flies freewhen darkness descendsBird of the night -an abuse, a bad omenattacked and shunnedby birds, by humans ...Strong, but unaware ofits immense power,Koogai, the owl -foolish or wise?Set in post-Independence Tamil Nadu's era of agrarian and industrial change, Koogai reflects the nuances of an authentic contemporary myth leavened with irony and fierce humour. Empowering themselves with the image of the owl, a totem of self-respect and hope, men and women break free of old castetaboos only to find themselves entangled in the doublespeak of an egalitarian rhetoric

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Koogai, the owl-huddled in its hollowwith the sun overhead, it flies freewhen darkness descendsBird of the night -an abuse, a bad omenattacked and shunnedby birds, by humans ...Strong, but unaware ofits immense power,Koogai, the owl -foolish or wise?Set in post-Independence Tamil Nadu's era of agrarian and industrial change, Koogai ref...

Cho. Dharman is widely known as one of the leading writers of the karisal (black cotton soil) region of Tamil Nadu. A former textile mill worker, he has received state, national, and international awards for his novels, short stories, and non-fiction. Vasantha Surya writes poetry in English. She has translated novels, short stories, p...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.68 inPublished:May 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199456739

ISBN - 13:9780199456734

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Cho. Dharman: From Kooththu to KoogaiVasantha Surya: 'A Bottle of Arrack and a Party Flag': On dialects, castes, legends, and local loreA.R. Venkatachalapathy: 'When Kovilpatti Sneezed ...': An introductionKOOGAIGlossaryAbout the Author and the Translator