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Era. Murukan (Born: 1953) is a Tamil Writer. He has been continuously contributing in all fields of Tamil literature with novels, short stories, poems and essays. He has been actively writing since 1977. Era. Murukan evolved from writing poetry, short stories, and short novels into novels. He has also contributed to film and theatre scripts. He writes fiction in the style of magical realism with satire.
Era. Murukan has also written various articles such as historical travelogues, literature, columns in populist magazines, introduction to technology in Tamil, introduction to management, and introduction to Islamic banking. He has been translating novels, short stories and poems from Malayalam to Tamil. He also writes poems and columns in English.
Era. Murukan was born in Sivagangai in 1953 to N.C. Ramasamy and Meenakshi. He completed his schooling from King's High School, Sivagangai and college from Tagore Arts College, Puducherry.
Era. Murukan worked as a branch officer in a bank for eight years. From there, he joined the IT department as a techno banker designing and developing computer software for the next fifteen years in the banking computer department. Later he moved to a private multinational IT company. He has worked as a General Manager in banking technology and project management departments in India, Britain, Thailand, and the United States. He is currently retired and lives in Chennai.
He married his wife Girija in 1982. He has a daughter, Aishwarya, and son, Ashwin Murugan. Ashwin Murugan is an Indian Cricketer. Era. Murukan's wife Girija passed away due to leukemia in December 2020.
Era. Murukan's first work is a poem called ‘Theru’. Released in Kanaiyazhi on 1978. Till 2022, thirty nine books have been published in the form of novels, short stories, essays and translations.
Era. Murukan's ten novels, eleven short story collections, three volumes of short novels, two books on computer science, a travel book and two volumes of literary essays, and a Tamil book translated from Malayalam (‘Beerangi Padalgal’) have been published. A book written on writer Sujatha has also been published as requested by the Sahitya Academy as part of 'Sculptors of Indian Literature' series. Apart from these, fifteen books have been published as separate e-books.
Era. Murukan cites writers Sundara Ramasamy, Sujatha, Kafka, Gunther Gross, Gabriel García Márquez, Primo Levi, Vaikom Mohammad Basheer and poet Meera as pioneers who influenced his literary work. In Tamil he cites Pudumaipithan and Bharathiar as ideals for his magical realism fiction.
Era Murukan came to notice as a writer of poems in Kanaiyazhi magazine . Among his satirical and micro-detailed poems, a work titled 'Oru Gramathu Pennin Thalaiprasavam' was published in Kanaiyazhi in 1986. Writer Sujatha appreciated it and introduced him to literary readers. In 2000, the poems of Era Murukan were published as a book under the name 'Oru Gramathu Pennin Thalaiprasavam' by Snega publications.
Era. Murukan initially wrote realistic stories with parody. Later on his aesthetics featured magical realism. He created fictional places such as Adhampur and Vishnupuram with a backdrop of Kerala's Palakkad in his stories. His short story collection ‘Athampoorkarargal’ (People of Athampur) gained wide attention.
In Era. Murugan's magical realism novel series 'Arasur Novelgal' four novels contain the story of a family that settles deeply in Kerala and Tamil Nadu between 1850 - 1960 - The novels are named Arasur Vamsam, Visvarupam, Achutham Kesavam, Vaznthu Podheerey.
The 2022 novel ‘Milagu’ also features characters from the Arasur Novelgal series. The first novel in this series, Arasur Vamsam has been translated into English as ‘Ghosts of Arasur’. (See Arasur Novels).
The novel ‘Ramojiyam’ is a depiction of the life of ordinary people, stuck in their day to day, with a compassionate outlook. (see Ramojiyam).
The 2022 novel ‘Milagu’ is based on Chennabairadevi who ruled the country of Kerusopa (part of Karnataka) in the sixteenth century and pepper trade with Portugal. This novel, which presents the history we know, layered, with a consistent logical order and timeline through various common people and historical men, in a scattered array of pictures, has a language style that mixes spoken and written languages of different centuries. (See Milagu).
The World of Information Technology
The works related to information technology written by Era. Murukan are pioneering works in Tamil literature. From 1990, his stories such as ‘SiliconVasal’, ‘Lazarus Narpathu’, and ‘Ilaipparuthal’ involve people working at middle or junior levels in the IT industry. The first two appeared in the India Today Tamil magazine and ‘Ilaipparuthal’ was publiched in literary magazine Uyirmai. Era Murukan wrote a story called ‘24X7’ for Vikatan Collection, which satirically depicts labor without holidays.
In 2002, Era. Murukan wrote his first novel on Information Technology, ‘Moondru Viralgal’. He mentioned in conversation that his aim was to give an accurate depiction of the work-life balance and psychological conditions in the modern IT industry.
Era. Murukan translated stories from Malayalam into Tamil. N.S. Madhavan's novel 'London Patheriyile Luthiniyagal' has been published in Tamil under the name 'Beerangi Padalgal'. He translated all of Arun Koladkar’s poems from English.
Era. Murukan has written books introducing Information Technology and also Banking. He has written notes on London life and travelogues.
Era. Murukan has written dialogues in the film industry.
- Unnai Pol Oruvan (2009)
- Billa 2 (2011)
Era. Murukan has also appeared on screen as an actor in the short film 'Rettai Theru' (2010) based on his script 'Number 40, Rettai Theru'.
- Era. Murukan is a recipient of Ilakkiya Sinthanai Andiruthi Virudhu, Katha Award, Bharathi University Award etc.
- The Ghosts of Arasur, an English version of the Arasur Vamsam, has been shortlisted for the Crossword Prize, also known as the Indian Booker Prize.
- In 2019, he was awarded the Best Translator Award (Malayalam to Tamil) by the 'Literary Garden' of Canada for his book 'Beerangi Padalgal'.
- In 2019, he was awarded the Malayalam Mahakavi Local Parameswara Iyer Memorial Prize by the Thiruvananthapuram Tamil Society for Malayalam – Tamil Literary Exchange.
During the period when Era Murukan came to write, he closely followed Sujatha's leaping style with comedic sense. After learning and reading Malayalam as he was working in Kerala, he imagined the towns on the border of Kerala and started creating a fictional world of his own by mixing elements of Malayalam culture there. He expanded the scope of that world by mixing Kerala history and temple rituals. Those depictions mixed with parody and minute criticisms created a literary world of Era Murukan. Later he added a mystical realist twist to it. That style of writing was strengthened in novels like ‘Arasur Vamsam’. Finally he incorporated a detailed historical picture in the novel ‘Milagu’. The essence of life seems to come out as somewhat absurd in his fiction. This aesthetic evolution enabled him to extend it from everyday life to history as a whole.
Era. Murukan made natural experiments in form and style in his short stories. He established his unique language and purpose in Tamil literature through the novels ‘Arasur Vamsam’ and ‘Viswarupam’, which play with history through subtle mystical reality.
"Through his stories, Murukan portrays history as a meaningless process of life, with appropriate absurdities at every moment. It is one of the unique features of Tamil literature" says writer Jeyamohan. Writer Athmarthi has noted that Murugan's place is important in portraying how myths and ancestors have meaning in our reality.
- Moondru Viral (First Tamil Novel on Computer Industry) Two publications
- Arasur Vamsam
- Achutham Kesavam
- Vaznthu Potheere
- Number 40, Rettai Theru (Auto Fiction)
- Dupleix Veethi (Auto Fiction)
Short Story Collection
- Silicon Vasal
- Muthal Attam
- Aimbathu Paisa Shakespeare
- Manthiravathiyum Thabal Attaigalum
- Cycle Muni
- Era Murukan Short Stories (Classic Edition - 108 Short Stories)
- Nandu Maram
- Pagal Pathu Rapathu
- Era Murukan Short Novels
- Korikka Konjam Computer Chips (Science Essays – N.C.E.R.T. Award by Government of India)
- Oru Gramathu Pennin Thalai Prasavam (Poem Collection - Vasudevan Memorial Award)
- Computer Konjam Kalagalappu Konjam (Science Essay Volume - Co-authored with Rajaraman - Varadachari Award)
- Rayar Coffee Club
- London Diary
- Project M (First Tamil Novel on Project Management)
- Vembanattu Kayal
- Etho Oru Pakkam: 23 Essays and 3 Interviews
- Sattre Naguga
- Digital Canteen
- Vangi Minus Vatti: Essays on Islamic Banking
- Savadi - Play
- Era Murukan's Venbakkal - Two Collections
- Modern Poems
- Era Murukan Short Stories (Audio Book)
- Beerangi Padalgal (Novel translated from Malayalam)
Works Translated to English
- Ghosts of Arasur (novel - translation of 'Arasur vamsam')
- Era Murukan Blog
- Jeyamohan about Era Murukan, Note on Special Guest for Vishnupuram Awards, December 2016
- Jeyamohan about Milagu Novel, March 2022
- Viswarupam - Ira Murukan - Novel Review, Pichaipathiram Site, March 2013
- Era Murkan's works in Amazon
- Era Murukan's Ramojiyam - Kadalur Cheenu
- Era Murukan Page, Solvanam
- Oru Gramathu Pennin Thalaiprasavam, Original Copy
- Viswarupam, Review by Ramesh Kannan
- Era Murukan, Thendral Article
- Era Murukan, Renga Subramani Article
- Nandumaram, a read by Devacheema
- Era Murukan Articles, Hindu Tamil
- Era Murukan Interviews
- Era Murukan's Viswarupam, Aravind
- Era Murukan's Stories, Gukan
- Cycle Muni, in Omnibus
- Era Murukan's Arasur Vamsam, V. Sabanayagam