‘En Iniya Iyanthira’ & ‘Vikram’ – Books Review

Though I was initiated into Tamil reading/writing in childhood, by my Parents and Grandfather, I have more or less restricted myself to reading the weekly magazines (Ananda Vikatan, Kumudam) and the occasional newspapers. Till recently I had only 3 full-fledged Tamil books to my reading credits – Prabanjan’s ‘Vaanam Vasapadum’, Cartoonist Madan’s ‘Vandargal Vendrargal’ and a book on Veerapandiya Kattabomman by Nalloor Nagalingam.

Vandargal Vendrargal, Vaanam Vasapadum & Veerapandiya Kattabomman

Covers of ‘Vandargal Vendrargal’, ‘Vaanam Vasapadum’ & ‘Veerapandiya Kattabomman’

Recently on a trip to Kodaikanal, I happened to walk into a fair which had a stall selling Tamil books. The huge collection of Tamil writer Sujatha’s novels, in new editions, caught my attention and I decided to buy few for my Mother, who is a voracious reader of Tamil books. I picked the following 4 titles – En Iniya Iyanthira, Vikram, Meendum Jeano and Sirukadhaigal Ezhuthuvathu Eppadi.

I have always been fascinated with the ‘Science’ laced writing of Sujatha that is well utilized in some Tamil movies. I was also told that ‘Endhiran’ was adapted from ‘En Iniya Iyanthira’ (More about that below) and hence with the enthusiasm getting better of me, I picked up the book and below are short reviews for the two novels that I have read so far.

1. En Iniya Iyanthira

No! This novel is not related to ‘Endhiran’, except for the fact that both contain characters that are Robots. And the robot in the novel is a little ‘Dog’ called Jeano which brings down the house with its remarks and one-liners. The story is a nice Sci-Fi set in Chennai, with a short trip to Bangalore in between, which fuses a futuristic world into the known areas in the city. Considering that the novel was written way back in 1980s the imagination is ground-breaking and mesmerising. People now are used to Sci-fi and ‘Futuristic World’ concepts after being exposed to numerous movies/series in the new millennium. But in imagining such a futuristic world way back in the 1980s (with generous inspirations from western media) and infusing local ingredients and characters, Sujatha genius is written all over the book. His narration, simplifying even the complex scientific systems laced with street humour, makes it hard to drop the book after the end of a chapter. If you can read Tamil, I would recommend you to read this novel.

2. Vikram

‘Vikram’ is a 1986 Tamil film starring Kamal Haasan loosely built on the James Bond framework. Kamal Haasan produced and played the titular role with Sujatha writing the movie’s story and screenplay and adapting it to novel at the same time. The novel ‘Vikram’ was in my checklist from a long time. The novel is a small book, like the James Hardley Chase thrillers. The action starts from page ONE and moves at swift pace. Sujatha’s mettle in Science is displayed every now and then. Exotic locales, glamorous women, interesting and sinister villain (the novel’s lines actually bring to life Sathyaraj, the actor who played the villain in the film) all come together in right proportions in this ‘Bond’isque adventure. It’s a jolly good read with guaranteed enjoyment.

Covers of 'En Iniya Iyanthira' & 'Vikram'

Covers of ‘En Iniya Iyanthira’ & ‘Vikram’

~ by Jayanthan Ravi on August 5, 2014.

5 Responses to “‘En Iniya Iyanthira’ & ‘Vikram’ – Books Review”

  1. JR, I have passed an award to you ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Thank you for the Honour! I will do the needful soon, currently in travel so can’t write down the answers for all the 11 Qs. It’s a joy that my blog is being read.. its a greater joy that actually people take time to read/appreciate and pass on an award. ๐Ÿ™‚

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