The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol. I

The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol. I

Rakesh Khanna Pritham K. Chakravarthy Prithvindra Chakravarti தமிழ்வாணன் Prajanand V.K. Resakee Subha Rajesh Kumar / Aug 18, 2019

The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction Vol I Fiction South Asia Studies Mad scientists Hard boiled detectives Vengeful goddesses Murderous robots Scandalous starlets Drug fuelled love affairs This anthology features seventeen stories by ten best

  • Title: The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol. I
  • Author: Rakesh Khanna Pritham K. Chakravarthy Prithvindra Chakravarti தமிழ்வாணன் Prajanand V.K. Resakee Subha Rajesh Kumar
  • ISBN: 9788190605601
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction South Asia Studies Mad scientists Hard boiled detectives Vengeful goddesses Murderous robots Scandalous starlets Drug fuelled love affairs This anthology features seventeen stories by ten best selling authors of Tamil crime, romance, science fiction, and detective stories, none of them ever before translated into English, along with reproductions of wacky cover aFiction South Asia Studies Mad scientists Hard boiled detectives Vengeful goddesses Murderous robots Scandalous starlets Drug fuelled love affairs This anthology features seventeen stories by ten best selling authors of Tamil crime, romance, science fiction, and detective stories, none of them ever before translated into English, along with reproductions of wacky cover art and question and answer sessions with some of the authors Grab a masala vadai, sit back and enjoy

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    1. In my immediate family, my dad is the only one with the reading proficiency to read Tamil literature, with multiple shelves devoted to his novel collection and active subscription to the websites of Tamil lit magazines like Ananda Vikatan and Thuglaq. I'm at the reading level where I can only attempt reading the titles on the covers so it's not really a hobby/interest that we've been able to discuss and share as a family. But I just really personally liked that this book helped us bridge that la [...]


    2. I can read and write in Tamil. I studied Tamil in school from the age of 6 till I was 15. I have read poetry and classics, I have written essays and speeches. I should be proficient. But I never read in Tamil. Newspapers, fiction, jokes, gossip - I just avoid Tamil. I have no clue why I do it. It is my goal to overcome that in 2013.Given the back history, I was pleasantly surprised to hear about this book on NPR during my commute one morning couple of years back. This book has been on my to-read [...]


    3. Of crime fighting damsels, revengeful Goddesses and much more, published by Blaft PublicationsA sari clad south Indian beauty brandishing a pistol looks seductively out at the reader from the cover of The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp fiction. And while the cover is not what you would typically expect from a collection of English short stories, the buxom gun toting woman sure sets the tone for what lies ahead.Compiled by Pritham. K. Chakravarthy, the anthology comprises of seventeen stories, inc [...]


    4. this is not a three star 'good' book, this is a three star natural resource of local popular culture, in this interesting me in an anthropological way. this is literature purely in an escape, adventure, way, that reveals much of the society it serves, that is, a world without luxury of a tv in every house. popular in adhering to tamil mores and views on political, social, sexual and emotional concerns. of the people, for the people, written simply, purely, quickly, in delivering its stories. why [...]


    5. Posted from my blog thegloballycurious/The collection covers a wide range of genres, so there is something for everyone who likes pulp! My favorites were "Matchstick Number One" by Rajesh Kumar (a tale about family and political corruption), "The Rebirth of Jeeva" by Indra Soundar Rajan (a college student on a field trip discovers the truth about her past life!), "Dim Lights, Blazing Hearts" by Ramanichandran (a sort of Pride and Prejudice love story where the woman makes assumptions and acts on [...]


    6. Heady stuff! Fascinating at every level, from crisp narrative to the social attitudes and economic realities assumed in the stories.Read it last year, and was delighted today to find both this and a < a href="/book/show/8 volume in 'Coffee on Canvas'. I very virtuously did not walk off with volume 2: I will buy it, to help encourage the publishers to create a third.


    7. Classic!!! A thoroughly enjoying read and one of the best English Tamil translations I have read in a long time.


    8. This collection of detective stories, romances, supernatural tales and other pulp fiction, translated for the first time ever from the South Indian language of Tamil into English, is excellent.


    9. rated 3 just for the nostalgic trip down to my teenage years when I learnt tamil by means of reading cheap thrillers.



    10. I had always the like the cover artwork of local novels and magazines, they had an indianized touch with a touch of sensuality. But even though i can read Tamil i never managed to pick and complete one whole novel of tamil fiction. Browsing a bookstore is like trying to find your Kohinoor among lot of others, and i just happened to lay my eyes on the book and grabbed it just for the heck of it. And by god did i like the "HECK" part of it. The books are an anthology of Tamil fiction, which have b [...]


    11. The Women: ( Except for the ones in the two sensible Vidya Subramaniam stories)a) Good ‘family’ women never cut their hair, not even split ends. They get terribly disturbed when they see PDA and the degradation of Indian/ Tamil culture. ‘Modern’ women go to beauty parlours, cut their hair, wear chudithars , gossip about film stars and some even try to seduce their bosses.b) When the clue to a murder is a cigarette butt, Tamil women can be eliminated as suspects because they will never ev [...]


    12. It's been a while since I laughed out loud while reading a book, and this anthology gave me many opportunities to do so. I think these stories need to be understood in the context of the Tamil ethos and the kind of entertainment that is held dear by the average reader of Tamil pulp fiction. Don't take them too seriously. Some of the stories are written in a hilariously moralistic tone - Ramanichandran's "Dim Lights, Blazing Hearts" even has a girl who refuses the advances of a man she loves mere [...]


    13. "Mad scientists! Hard-boiled detectives! Vengeful goddesses! Murderous robots! Scandalous starlets! Drug-fueled love affairs!" promises the back cover of this collection of 17 stories dating as far back as the 1960s. How could anyone resist? This is the first time these Tamil-language stories have been translated into English.The Tamil equivalent of the dime novels and potboilers we're familiar with, these have been the popular stories consumed by the masses through the years. So amidst the fun [...]


    14. So this book is the fount (or representative!) of all the Tamil movies which are dubbed into Hindi films and finally remade into Hindi films! Of course, time and again they are inspired by Hollywood (!!), and they make campy Hulk, Evil Robots, god-knows-what movies, also make an utter mess of Christopher Nolan's 'Memento (which was made into an even bigger mess by Aamir Khan), with extreme violence and rampant sexism. Though of course, these writers are so prodigious that originality has to shin [...]


    15. Tamil Pulp Fiction is an English compilation of stories originally published in Tamil by local authors.These are the stories you would either hate or love. Those looking for serious fiction, character development, in depth analysis and logical conclusions would be disappointed. Instead in these stories you will find detectives brilliant than Sherlock Holmes, unrealistic circumstances, out of the blue situations and abrupt endings.All stories get classified as "pulp fiction" genre which is genera [...]


    16. The Blaft book is an uneven collection. There are two or three absolute sparklers, but the rest are somewhat pedestrian and obvious. I loved the brilliant wit and repartee of Pattukotai Prabakaran’s ‘Sweetheart, Please Die’ and the innuendo and bonhomie of Subha’s ‘Hurricane Vaij’, which were possibly the best stories in the book. Some of the stories are overtly preachy – offering a defence of a woman’s sexual rights, say, or urging honesty in a politician – and some involve ma [...]


    17. Southern India as much as I know is a fertile ground for pulp fiction. An entire generation of educated-but-unemployed women staved off boredom during the morose daytime hours in the company of fiction of the abovementioned genre. I have had my brush with this literary genre way before I even saw this book. The plot lines are simple but outrageously funny, the characters are nothing if not dramatic and its a fun ride.This anthology gets four stars owing only to the fun factor. Where else can you [...]


    18. The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fictions incorporates the stories by some of the pioneer writers of the pulp fiction industry who write in Tamil.Here is the list of the stories with their ratings. I'll give 3.5/5 stars to the book as a whole. I loved it .Hurricane Vaij 3.5/5Idhaya 2020 2.5/5Matchstick Number One 4.5/5Silicon Hearts 2.5/5The Rainbow 2/5The FLR 4.5/5Me 2/5Ripples 3.5/5The Rebirth of Jeeva 3.5/5 The Rich Woman 1.5/5Dim Lights, Blazing Hearts 2/5Sweetheart, Please Die 3.5/5My Name [...]


    19. From an interview with Rajesh Kumar:"I am sometimes accused of plagiarizing English novels. Let me tell you something: I never even read English novels. In the time I would have to take to read a thick English novel, I can write two novels myself. I do read books in English, but they are reference books relevant to my stories. Most are general knowledge and science books. If any of my readers still doubt me, they are welcome to come and search for English novels in my house."Wonderfully pleasura [...]


    20. This is not the usual sort of thing I would read, but I remember reading a review of this anthology in "The Guardian" a couple of years ago and so when I saw it in a shop, I decided I'd check it out. The volume is a mix of genre fiction: romance, science fiction, mystery. And as with most narratives of this sort they are quite entertaining, especially reading these types of stories all set in Tamil Nadu. Some are a bit overly religious, but it is interesting to see how that context shapes even a [...]


    21. OK, it ain't "lit" by any means, but the quality's all over the place. Some of the pieces could have been written by an eight-year-old, while others have a semi-sophisticated hand. I guess you could say the same of any pulp collection, anywhere. The main difference between this and American pulp seems to be that the audience for Tamil pulp was, and is, primarily women, homemakers looking for something to read in their down time, while the crime fiction in America was aimed at men.


    22. I thought I may not enjoy this book but I really enjoyed the wide variety of stories. There is such a vast range of interesting literature I am missing out on! I especially liked stories by Rajesh Kumar, Resakee etc. I was especially surprised the stories by Vidya Subramaniam were - like direct in terms of women's sexuality needs and this was published in 1987 (Naan). I cannot imagine people being this direct in modern days!Definitely recommended.


    23. I picked this book up pretty much on a whim. I didn't really know what to expect and honestly bought this book because of its cover. The book though pleasantly surprised me, I really, really enjoyed it. From spunky detective duos to stories of sci-fi, reincarnation and even gentle love stories, this collection has it all. I loved these simply written stories and look forward to reading the second instalment of stories.


    24. Kind of interesting collection of Indian pulp fiction. Detective, sci-fi, romance and docudramas. The detective fiction reads like american pulp fiction from the 20's-30's, simple, sophmoric humor, pretty obvious stuff. Women are treated poorly in much of this writing although there are a couple of female authors represented for a more nuanced view. Overall, an entertaining, light read with not much subtlety.


    25. An omnibus of freakin' awesome short pulp stories that cross cultural borders and pack plenty of humor, action, and sexy-strong gals. If you have an interest in Indian culture, traditions and social norms, this collection is a delight to read. Granted, it is fiction and takes a few liberties, but without a modicum of reality and truth, fiction wouldn't be that enjoyable.


    26. A collection of stories about love, mystery, shame and respect. I can't say whether they accurately reflect Tamil/Indian culture, but they were different in some ways from English-language pulp fiction, and charming as well as interesting. I really enjoyed the first couple of Rajesh Kumar stories which had real intrigue.


    27. Some stories are believable while the rest are like reading the TV serial "CID" in a book. The stories by C.K. Prajanand are downright hilarious, although they were meant to be serious. Pick it up if you want a change from your daily routine, want to have a laugh, or are a fan of south Indian movies.


    28. Nothing great about this collection, one that is not worth recommending. But it serves as a basic introduction to the world of Tamil pulp fiction. Every story has several flaws in the plot or narration which are a huge source of distraction. A racy read though.


    29. Lovely. It was like watching an old movie. What with detectives and dacoits and politicians and film stars. A potboiler for sure. A great indicator of Tamil culture too. Very pop-iconish. A great fun read!


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