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Koogai: The Owl

Cho. Dharman (Author) Vasantha Surya (Translator)

Koogai, the owl-

huddled in its hollow

with the sun overhead,

it flies free

when darkness descends

Bird of the night-

an abuse, a bad omen

attacked and shunned

by birds, by humans …

Strong, but unaware of

its immense power,

Koogai, the owl-


or wise?

Set in post-Independence Tamil Nadu's era of agrarian and industrial change, Koogai reflects the nuances of an authentic contemporary myth leavened with irony and fierce humour. Empowering themselves with the image of the owl, a totem of self-respect and hope, men and women break free of old caste taboos only to find themselves entangled in the doublespeak of an egalitarian rhetoric.

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About the author

Vasantha Surya

Vasantha Surya's translations from Tamil include R. Chudamani's novel, Iravu Chudar (Yamini, Macmillan India, 1996) and Vaasanthi's Kadaisee Varai (Birthright, Zubaan Books, 2004).

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Bibliographic information

Title Koogai: The Owl
Format Softcover
Date published: 25.07.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199456734
length 408p.,