Agni

Agni

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by C Radhakrishnan
     
 

The book tells the story of a remote village of special nativity in simple style and with compassionate humor. The backdrop of socio-cultural ambiance presented in the novelette is real and unique to that time period in Kerala.
Agni in Sanskrit means fire. The story explores various dimensions of the love-violence equation and provides a delightful reading…  See more details below

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The book tells the story of a remote village of special nativity in simple style and with compassionate humor. The backdrop of socio-cultural ambiance presented in the novelette is real and unique to that time period in Kerala.
Agni in Sanskrit means fire. The story explores various dimensions of the love-violence equation and provides a delightful reading experience.
The book was filmed in India. Now a part of the Indian Panorama of Feature Films, Agni has been screened at major international film festivals including Mannheim, Istanbul, Moscow and Locarno.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491226780
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/29/2013
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

C. Radhakrishnan (74) is one of the most popular writers of Malayalam. He is widely read and well recognized. A scientist-turned writer, he has to his credit more than 75 titles covering all branches of creative literature, mostly fiction. His works, deceptively simple in style and highly readable, have been adjudged as precious contributions to the science-philosophy dialogue. Also a top-ranking columnist and science-writer, he helped launch and establish Science Today (Times of India), the first popular science magazine of India, at a young age of 24. Thereafter, he has edited major mainstream periodicals. He is a filmmaker too - two of his four creations form part of the Indian Panorama of Feature Films archived by the Film Festival Directorate of India.
Web page - http://c-radhakrishnan.info/

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Agni by C Radhakrishnan | 9781491226780 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KevinPeterKP More than 1 year ago
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” -Mahatma Gandhi Author C. Radhakrishnan’s novelette ‘Agni’ is a finely crafted introspection into the emotion of love and its myriad forms. The source of many different emotions found in men can often be traced back to this single emotion. And it’s often the tipping point that makes our mind oscillate between the different levels of sanity. The good and the bad that comes out of it have always stupefied humanity and the following story is a fine example of the human mind’s predicament when engulfed in an all consuming fire, the Agni (fire) of love. People born and brought up in the same milieu as the characters in the book will fully appreciate the familiarity and sense of belonging the author’s writing conjures up in one’s mind. And for the rest of the world perhaps unfamiliar with such native scenes this small book will be a series of awakening to an exotic world full of exotic possibilities. And you needn’t understand or have prior knowledge of local customs beforehand to enjoy it, because the scintillating wordplay and vivid imagery will calm your mind and comfort your heart as any soothing lullaby would. While describing the social and cultural mood of the place a bit of satire creeps into the author’s tone but it’s all good and you can chuckle at such irrelevance because most of it stands true to the place and the time it’s set in. But perhaps a discomforting thought for readers would be that in many places the government machinery still moves at that same lethargic pace as it did almost 50 years ago. Violence and cruelty form a part of everyday life for the inhabitants of the small village and the protagonist Moosa is their chief mascot. Although it’s claimed that such violence is not part of their local traditions, the people simply don’t know any better and perhaps it’s merely a reflection of the times they lived in where the need for human survival prioritized over feelings of empathy. And nowhere is it more obvious than on various animals that have to bear the brunt of the human animal’s flippant attitude towards them, alternating between extreme love and hate. Moosa is a terror of a man but there is a lot of good in him and inwardly he tries to be a just man but he often succumbs to the expectation of his own conceptualized image. He’s a person whose world view is limited by his upbringing and experience and also by his strong bond and love towards his only daughter. Amina, Sulaiman, Mulla, the assistant boy, Kumbhan and a few others are a wonderful group of characters soaked in the local milieu that bring to the forefront delectable flavors of rural customs and life in the interiors.