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Raajiyin Pillai (ராஜியின் பிள்ளை)

About Raajiyin Pillai :

Raajiyin Pillai, (Raji was the name of Devan’s first wife, whose death he mourned for 10 years, refusing to marry a second time) is a collection of short stories about a little boy. The child fades away at the end of each story, and the author realises he has been dreaming. The stories are reminiscent of Charles Lamb’s Dream Children - A Reverie. In one story, the child is picked up by Goddess Parvati, and Mother and Son slowly disappear, and we see Devan’s Muruga bhakti and his desire for a child merge. It is a story that tugs at one’s heartstrings. Devan even has a name for this child he aches for - Subrahmanyam, after his favourite deity.

About Devan :

Devan was a competent and accomplished writer, who used several interesting and varied techniques in fiction writing. From travelogues to recipes, from detective stories to social dramas, he has written them all.

Devan was born in 1913 at Thiruvidaimarudur in Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India, where he did his schooling. He came to Kumbakonam Government College to complete his B.A. degree. He worked as a school teacher for a year, before joining the popular Tamil weekly magazine, Ananda Vikatan in 1933. Devan's first foray into the world of writing was through the humorous short story "Mister Rajamani", written when he was in his twenties.

During this time, he wrote about 20 serials, more than 500 stories, articles and travelogues. A common feature in all his works was his gentle sense of humour. He was a very popular writer and stories abound of how, when a new issue of Ananda Vikatan came out, everyone in the family would fight to get hold of the copy first.

During this time, he wrote about 20 serials, more than 500 stories, articles and travelogues. A common feature in all his works was his gentle sense of humour. He was a very popular writer and stories abound of how, when a new issue of Ananda Vikatan came out, everyone in the family would fight to get hold of the copy first.

About ten of Devan's writings were also dramatised by several Tamil drama troupes, even during his lifetime. He himself wrote most of the dialogues for the plays. More recently, some of his works like Thuppariyum Sambu, Sriman Sudharsanam and Mister Vedhantham were made into television serials also. Only one of his novels, gOmathiyin kAdhalan, was made into a movie, starring T. R. Ramachandran and Savithri.

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