About the author
Born and educated in erstwhile Madras, Smt.Vijayalakshmi has to her credit many stories and articles published in Tamil magazines. Her illustrated retelling of Valmiki Ramayana titled “ Raman Kadai” published by the prestigious Kalaimagal Kaariyaalayam, with a foreword by Sri Chandrasekara Saraswathi , Shankaracharya of Kanchi , was well received not only in Tamil Nadu but in Srilanka and other places as well. This was later published as ‘Ramana Kathe ‘in Kannada as well. Her travelogue covering South India , in Tamil received encouragement from Sri.Rajaji and other eminent Tamil writers. Moving to Mysore upon marriage, she taught herself Kannada and started translating her Tamil works. “ Aa Rahasya Haagoo Itara Kathegalu” a compendium of delightful short stories with moral lessons for children , was written in Kannada and it received the Karnataka Rajyotsava award for children’s literature in 1970 at Mysore. Being a trained artist ,Smt .Vijayalakshmi has illustrated all her stories herself. ‘ Keliri Nanna Katheya’ a story providing infotainment is another Kannada creation that brought her popularity. Vijayalakshmi , now an octogenarian currently lives with her sons at Mysore.