Literature

The place to be

Print edition : September 05, 2014

Narana Duraikannan. He used the city and its localities objectively to tell his stories. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Devan, pseudonym for R. Mahadevan. He could not have set his fiction anywhere else other than in Madras. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Kalki, pseudonym for R. Krishnamurthy. Two of his well-known stories are set in Madras. Photo: The Hindu Archives

C.S. Lakshmi, better known as Ambai, edited a volume on the city. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

D. Jayakanthan, who made the most of the sights and sounds of Madras. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

A still from "Sila Neyrangalil Sila Manithargal", a film made from Jayakanthan's novel of the same name.

How do writers see Madras? Variously, but for Tamil writers, this is the place to be.
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