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The Karamazov Brothers

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“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”

I love this quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in “The Karamazov Brothers.” Truth be told, I have not read the book. After I started ‘gift a book’ project few months back, this is the first time I have gifted a book that the receiverhad wanted. There was a special reason to why I did that.

Dhivya is an eclectic reader of Tamil literary fiction. Earlier this year, she introduced me to Sundara Ramaswamy. ‘Su Ra’ as he is popularly called, has to his credit many short stories, poetry and three novels in Tamil. I fell in love with his writing instantly. I feel that there is some kind of magical realism in his words, which is simple, funny but profound at the same time.

Sample this; in his short story ‘Crows’ he writes,

“Whenever I told the older crows, ‘I am a poet as well,’ they looked at me with a little smile. It seemed to me that they said, ‘That is really not very important to us.’ It struck me as perfectly fair that as long as I took no notice of the poetry of their world, they were at liberty to ignore the poetry of mine.”

Or this from “Children, Women, Men”

“Once you learnt English, you never understood other people’s misfortunes.”

His works have also been translated in English. “Children, Women, Men” and “Under the Tamarind Tree” are my favourites.

So when Dhivya demanded a book of her choice, I had to oblige.

People, introduce me to new writers. And if I fall in love with the writing you can demand a book of your choice.

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