Ashokamithran’s Ottran was the highlight of this bunch and I’m currently at the fag end of this book. I think its a great book. One of the finest from Ashokamitran. Ottran is partly fiction, partly memoir. Ottran chronicles seven months of Ashokamitran’s stay in the Iowa University during the 70’s. He was invited to stay there as a part of global writers program. Ashokamitran makes some fantastic-yet-simple observations of the desi life in the US which hasn’t been registered in tamil literature until now. Being written in the first person style, this is a gripping and down-to-earth slice of a writer’s life.
The other books included two more from Ashokamitran. Karaindha Nizhalgal – a novel based on Chennai filmdom and Azhivatrathu, collection of Ashokamitran shortstories written after the millennium. This bunch also included two of S. Ramakrishnan’s series, Thunnaiezhuthu and Kathavilasam that were published by Vikatan. Ra. Ki Rangarajan’s Naalu Moolai was also one of them.