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Writer Jeyamohan
Writer Jeyamohan
Writer Jeyamohan,1990

Jeyamohan (April 22, 1962) is a Tamil writer. He has written novels, short stories, literary criticism and books on literary history, travel, culture, religion and philosophy. Jeyamohan is an orator of repute, and has delivered several talks on topics pertaining to literature, philosophy, religion, culture and tradition. He also writes in Malayalam.

Vishnupuram Literary Circle, an organization formed under Jeyamohan's aegis by his readers, organizes literary conferences, meet-the-author sessions as well as writing workshops for emerging writers. Through this forum, Jeyamohan engages in constant dialogue with young readers about reading, writing, and the role of the intelligentsia in shaping the culture of a society. Through its annual award, the Vishnupuram Literary Circle honors a literary personality who has made outstanding contributions to modern Tamil literature.

Jeyamohan also works as a screenwriter for feature films.

Early Life and Education

With his guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati
Writer Jeyamohan,1997

Jeyamohan's paternal grandfather, Sankaran Pillai, hailed from Thiruvarambu. His paternal grandmother, Lakshmikutty Amma, was from Thiruvattar. Lakshmikutty Amma was a scholar who was educated in the traditional Sanskrit and Malayalam curriculum of her era. Jeyamohan's maternal grandparents, Parameswara Pillai and Padmavati Amma belonged to Nattalam, as did his mother. Jeyamohan's father was Thiruvarambu S. Bahuleyan Pillai and his mother was P. Visalatchi Amma. Born on 22 April 1962 in the Government Hospital, Arumanai, Jeyamohan was their second son. His mother, who was an avid reader, named him after a character called Jeyamohan from a Bengali novel.

Jeyamohan studied in Padmanabhapuram up to the first standard, did his second standard at the Government Primary School in Kottaram near Kanyakumari, and up to the fifth standard at the Government Primary School in Muzhucode. He completed his high school education at Arumanai Government High School in 1978. In 1979, Jeyamohan started his intermediate studies at the Nesamony Christian College, Marthandam, with commerce as his subject. In 1980, he enrolled for a B.Com degree at the Pioneer Kumarasamy College at Nagercoil. He dropped out of college in 1982 and did not complete his degree.

Personal Life

Driven to depression over the suicide of his friend Radhakrishnan, Jeyamohan ran away from home. He roamed in Tiruvannamalai, Palani and Varanasi, cities known for their itinerant monks and mendicants. In 1984, Jeyamohan got a job as a temporary employee at the Telephones Department in Kasaragod, Kerala. He worked there until November 1989, when he got a transfer to Palacode in Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu. In 1990, Jeyamohan moved to Dharmapuri. In 1998 he was transferred to Nagercoil, where he worked at the telephone exchange until 1999. He then worked the telephone exchange in Thuckalay until 2010. In 2010, he opted for voluntary retirement from service. At present, Jeyamohan works as a screenwriter in the film industry.

Jeyamohan married S. Arunmozhinangai, who was introduced to him as a reader. She graduated from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai, on 8 August 1991. They have two children, Ajithan and Chaidhanya. Jeyamohan currently lives in Nagercoil. Arunmozhinangai is a writer. Ajithan is a novelist and works in films. Chaidhanya is one of the co-ordinators of Tamil Wiki.

Politics

Jeyamohan grew up in Christian-majority Kanyakumari district. In his youth, he supported the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and had written articles for Vijayabharati, the mouthpiece of the RSS.

Later in Kasaragod, Jeyamohan dabbled in left-wing politics, and was active in the trade union. He attended Marxist lectures at the Kasaragod workers commune and took Marxist scholar, Kovai Gnani, to be his guru. Later, the influence of Malayali intellectuals M. Govindan and G. Kumara Pillai, drew Jeyamohan to Gandhian ideas. He echoes Gandhi’s democratic outlook and his vision of decentralization. He has written two books about Gandhi, Indraiya Gandhi (Gandhi Today) and Uraiyadum Gandhi (Gandhi In Conversation).

Spirituality

Jeyamohan’s close friend Radhakrishnan committed suicide when they were both 19 years old. This precipitated a spiritual crisis in him and he ran away from home in search of answers. Jeyamohan wandered as an ochre-robed mendicant in Tiruvannamalai, Varanasi and Palani. He went to many monasteries and gurukulams including Kanjangad Nityananda Gurukulam. During these years, he interacted with personalities such as Yogi Ram Surat Kumar of Tiruvannamalai.

In 1992, Jeyamohan met Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati of Narayana Gurukulam in Fernhill, Ooty. After a conversation with him, Jeyamohan accepted him as his guru. Having carefully studied the philosophical underpinnings of various Indian religions, Jeyamohan adopted Narayana Guru’s pure Vedantic vision as his own personal spiritual path. He has written books on topics at the intersection of religion and spirituality, including Indhu Gnana Marabil Aaru Dharisanangal, Indhiya Gnananm, Kalachara Hindu, Indhu Madham - Sila Vivadhangal.

Literary Life

Writers Jeyamohan and Arunmozhinangai
Introduction to Literature

Jeyamohan was introduced to literature at a very young age by his mother, an ardent reader. His mother had a good personal library in the house. Jeyamohan grew up reading in Tamil, Malayalam and English. He was a member of various local libraries including The YMCA library at Muzhucode and the Government Library at Arumanai. Later he read a number of Malayalam novels at Sri Chitra Library in Thiruvattar.

Early Writings

Jeyamohan started writing in his school days. His first short story was published in 1975 when he was thirteen years old in a children's magazine called Ratnabala. During his school and college days, Jeyamohan wrote many stories under his name as well as various pseudonyms in all the weekly magazines. From 1984 onwards, when he was working in Kasaragod, he began making the acquaintances of left-wing writers and intellectuals. In 1986 he became close to Sundara Ramaswamy. In 1987 he met the Malayalam poet, Attoor Ravi Varma and historian and novelist, P.K. Balakrishnan. The three of them had a formative influence on Jeyamohan's understanding of modern literature. Jeyamohan was in constant dialogue with them in years to come.

In 1987, Jeyamohan wrote a short story called 'Nadhi' which was published in Kanaiyazhi. The story was published with a note from Ashokamitran, who was the editor of the magazine then. Jeyamohan marks this story out as his first. He continued writing in various magazines including Kanaiyazhi and Deepam. In 1988, 'Eligal' and 'Roja payiridugira oruvar' were published in Deepam. A poem called 'Kaidhi' was published in 1987 in the little magazine, Kollippaavai, edited by Kattaikkaadu Rajagopalan.

In 1988, 'Padugai', 'Bodhi' and many other of Jeyamohan's stories featured in Nigazh, run by Kovai Gnani. The story, 'Thisaigalin Naduve' was published in Sundara Ramaswamy's Kalachuvadu. 'Maadan Motcham' featured in Pudhiya Nambikkai, a magazine published by Pon Vijayan. Indira Parthasarathy, Sujatha and Ashokamitran made special mentions about these stories. Through these stories, Jeyamohan became widely known amidst readers of literature.

In 1988, Jeyamohan wrote a novel called Rubber. In 1990, he submitted an abridged version of it for the Akilan Memorial Prize. The novel went on to win the prize and was published by Thaagam Press in the same year. In 1991, his short story 'Jaganmithyai' came out in the middle magazine, Subamangala. Jeyamohan continued to write essays and stories in Subamangala. His stories appeared in magazines including India Today and Kanaiyazhi.

Novel, Jeyamohan's book on literary theory came out in 1991. In 1992, his first collection of short stories came out from Annam-Agaram Press run by Meera. The collection was also called Thisaigalin Naduve. In 1993, his second collection, Mann was published by Sneha Press.

Important Works
Jeyamohan with Sundara Ramaswamy

Jeyamohan's novel Vishnupuram was published in 1997 (Annam-Agaram Press). At that time, most of the novels being written in Tamil were modernist novels. Vishnupuram, on the other hand, was metafictional, philosophical and was inspired by the aesthetics of the Indian kavya (epic) tradition. It caused a stir in the Tamil creative world and opened up new avenues.

Subsequently, Jeyamohan wrote a novel about the ideological crisis that precipitated in the left-wing Marxist circles in Tamil Nadu following the collapse of Soviet Russia. The novel, called Pin Thodarum Nizhalin Kural (Call of the Haunting Shadow), examined the contradictions between ideology and idealism, and came out in 1999. A short novel called Kanyakumari was published in 2000.

In 2003, the novels Kaadu (The Forest) and Ezhaam Ulagam (The Seventh Abyss) were published. In Kaadu, a novel with many references to Sangam poems, the virginal, viridian forest becomes the symbol of young love. Ezhaam Ulagam is about the abject lives of trafficked beggars living in the margins, and depicts their human joys and spirituality in the midst of all their suffering. In 2003, Jeyamohan wrote seven books about various prominent Tamil writers who had shaped the landscape of modern Tamil literature. These titles were brought out as a series: Ilakkiya Munnodigal Varisai (The Forerunners of Literature). Later they were published as a single volume. At an event in October 2003, ten books of Jeyamohan's, across various topics were released, including Iyarkaiyai Aridhal, a translation of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Nature'.

Jeyamohan with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

In 2005, Jeyamohan's Kotravai, a modern prose epic based on the Tamil epic Silappadhikaram came out. Kotravai was a retelling that encompassed wider aspects of Tamil geography and Tamil social life. It begins in an ancient time in the long past when the Tamil language and the earliest gods of the Tamil land were born, and ends in the present day. A short novel called Iravu (Night) followed Kotravai. Depicting a commune of night-dwellers, the night becomes a metaphor for the human psyche in Iravu.

Starting January 1, 2010, Jeyamohan wrote twelve short stories in quick succession, which became the collection Aram (Stories of the True). These were fictional stories based on the lives of real men and women. In 2013, Jeyamohan wrote Vellai Yaanai (White Elephant). Set in present day Chennai, the Great Famine of the 1870s forms the backdrop of the novel.

Jeyamohan's mammoth work, Venmurasu, was serialized on his blog, a chapter a day, from January 2014, for a period of seven years. At 26 volumes, 1,932 chapters and 22,400 pages, it is the world's longest novel at present. A modern retelling of Mahabharata, the novel, Venmurasu, presents the philosophy of Vedanta as the essence of the epic and uses it to reinterpret and bring together the vast expanse of Indian mythology.

When the COVID-19 related lockdowns came into force in India, starting March 17, 2020, Jeyamohan wrote a series of short stories, under the title Thanimaiyin Punaivu Kaliyattu (Celebrating Solitude with Fiction). He wrote a story a day for hundred days and published them on his blog. From June 10, 2020, he wrote another series of 31 stories, publishing one each day on his blog (Kadhai Thriuvizha - A Festival of Stories). A total of 131 stories, varied in their themes and backdrops, were published during the lockdown. 14 volumes of these stories have been published so far in book form, with two more remaining to be published. Some of these stories have been translated into English and featured in international literary magazines. One of these volumes was translated into Malayalam and published under the title Mayappon.

Literary Criticism

When his debut novel Rubber came out in 1990, Jeyamohan said 'Currently, Tamil novels are either serials or short stories. Novels require complex intertextuality and vision,' highlighting the inadequacy of Tamil novels at that time. This remark, made in relation to the form of the novel in Tamil literature, sparked lengthy debates for many years. It was in continuation of these debates that he wrote a book-length critical essay called Novel. This book greatly influenced the form of the next generation of Tamil novels.

Jeyamohan wrote seven books of literary criticism, analyzing the works of twenty of his predecessors in Tamil literature. These books were published as a single volume called Ilakkiya Munnodigal. He also wrote Eezha Ilakkiyam, about Tamil literature from Sri Lanka, Ullunarvin Thadathil, about Tamil poetry and Kanneerai Pinthodardhal, about classic Indian novels. He wrote a book called Aazhnadhiyai Thedi, about the essence of literature and Pudhiya Kaalam, about contemporary trends in Tamil literature. In Naveena Thamizhilakkiya Arimugam, Jeyamohan traces the literary history of modern Tamil literature from the 1900s till the year 2000. He has written standalone, expansive essays about many Tamil writers, including Devadevan, Poomani, A. Madhavan, Vannadasan, Devadachan, Nanjil Nadan etc.

Travel Literature

Jeyamohan is an avid traveller. His long tours are planned with an aim to understand India's ancient history and culture. In a book called Arugargalin Padhai (Paths of the Jain Monks), Jeyamohan wrote about his travels through prominent Jain sites all the way from Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan. Another book, Guhaigalin Vazhiye (Through the Caves) traces his journey through prominent natural caves in India. Jeyamohan travelled extensively in Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and in the North-East even when terrorism was rife in these regions, and recorded these experiences in various books. He has also documented his trips abroad. His experiences in Australia were published as a book titled Pulveli Desam (Grassland Country) and his travels in Japan, as Japan Oru Keetroviyam (Japan - A Sketch).

Journalism

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In 1998, Jeyamohan founded a quarterly literary magazine called Sol Pudhidhu with the aid of his friends. Jeyamohan acted as its honorary editor and advisor. The magazine ran from 1998 to 2004, during which time, fifteen volumes were published. Some of its distinguishing features, included extensive interviews, essays on various aspects of Indian culture, book excerpts, unique initiatives such as being the first among Tamil little magazines to bring out a special issue focusing on Tamil Isai.

In 2004, Jeyamohan founded a bimonthly magazine called Marudham with his friends. He was editor and advisor.

Jeyamohan started his own website in 2006. [www.jeyamohan.in]. From 2007, he runs his website like a literary magazine, publishing original works, reviews, discussions and letters every day.

Literary Organizations

Jeyamohan's family

Beginning 1994, Jeyamohan organized yearly literary camps at the Narayana Gurukulam in Ooty. These camps later came to be known as 'Guru Nitya Symposia' in memory of Guru Nitya of Narayana Gurukulam. Jeyamohan also organized some notable meetings between Tamil and Malayalam poets in Kutralam, Hogenakkal and Ooty. As of 2022, Jeyamohan has organized 42 literary meetings in twenty five years, across various venues all over Tamil Nadu, including gatherings at Ooty, Yercaud, Alappuzha, Kanyakumari and Thirparappu. Two generations of Tamil and Malayalam writers have been part of these events.

In 2010, Jeyamohan and his friends founded the Vishnupuram Ilakkiya Vattam (Vishnupuram Literary Circle), a literary organization named after his famous work, Vishnupuram. This organization awards an annual literary prize to important Tamil writers, who have not found due recognition from other institutions. In 2010, the Vishnupuram Literary Prize was awarded to writer A. Madhavan. Since then, this award has grown into a two-day literary festival, with 'meet the author' events. The Vishnupuram Literary Circle also awards an annual poetry prize in memory of the late poet Kumaraguruparan (Vishnupuram - Kumaraguruparan Poetry Prize).

From 2016, Jeyamohan began to hold three meetings a year as a platform for him to dialogue with young readers. These 'Young Reader Meetings', held as a 2-day session, were hosted across cities like Coimbatore, Erode, Thanjavur and Kollimalai. Over the last six years, Jeyamohan has met his young readers in sixteen such events. A group of thirty young readers and writers participate in each of these events.

In February 2022, Jeyamohan founded the Tamil Wiki Internet Encyclopedia, an encyclopedia of Tamil literature, arts and culture. He runs it with the help of notable scholars and friends. Under this initiative, a literary prize called the Tamil Wiki - Thooran Award shall be awarded from 2022.

Orations

Jeyamohan has delivered many lectures on topics including literary criticism, tradition, culture, religion and philosophy. Some of these were multi-part lectures, delivered over three days, viz., Kuralinidhu (The sweetness of the Kural) (Jan 14, 2017 - Jan 17, 2017), Osho Marabum Meeralum (Osho - Tradition and Rebellion) (March 12, 2021 - March 14, 2021), Lecture on the Gita (Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 9, 2015). He has also delivered ticketed lectures on similar topics. The first of such ticketed lectures was organized in Tirunelveli. Subsequent ticketed lectures were organized in Coimbatore, Chennai, Tiruppur etc.

Jeyamohan's talks have been published in print under the titles Thanikkural, Solmugam and Thannuraigal.

In Malayalam

Jeyamohan has written comparatively little in his mother tongue, Malayalam. Jeyamohan's first Malayalam work was published in a magazine called Jeyakeralam in 1987. After that, he rarely wrote in Malayalam. From 1997, he started writing articles in Mathrubhoomi's Sunday page. From 1999, he wrote articles for the monthly Bhashaposhini and the weekly Madhyamam. Jeyamohan's articles have been compiled into two books, Nedumpadhaiyoram and Uravidangal, published by Trichur Current Books and Mathrubhoomi Books, respectively. Some of his works of fiction (such as Aana Doctor, Nooru Simhasanangal, Aram and Oomai Chennaai) are available in Malayalam.

Films

Jeyamohan has written screenplays and dialogues for Tamil and Malayalam films. He has worked with Mani Ratnam, Shankar, Lohitadas and many other leading directors of Tamil and Malayalam cinema.

Films based on Jeyamohan's fictional works
Tamil
  • Naan Kadavul (2009) - Based on the novel Ezhaam Ulagam
  • Kadal (2012)
  • Vendhu Thanindadhu Kaadu (2022) - Based on the short story Aindhu Neruppu
Malayalam
  • Ozhimuri (2012, directed by Madhupal) - Based on four personal essays written by Jeyamohan, he also wrote the screenplay for this film. The film won the Best Screenplay Award from the Kerala Film Critics Association and the T A Shahid Memorial Award for Best Scriptwriter (2012).

Controversies

  • In 1990, when Jeyamohan said that there was no classic novel in modern Tamil, it generated controversy. In 1992 he wrote a book as a response to these discussions titled Novel Kotpadu (Novel, a theory).
  • In 2003, Jeyamohan said that the writings of Mu. Karunanidhi were mere propaganda, not literature. This remark generated controversy.
  • In 2007, Jeyamohan's satirical pieces on popular film personalities, Sivaji Ganesan and MGR, were published by the weekly Ananda Vikadan, which labelled them as personal attacks on the actors. This became controversial.
  • In 2010, Jeyamohan wrote that if Tamil were to be written in Roman script, it would take the language to Tamils living the world over. He commented that a greater number of people might be motivated to learn Tamil, since it would not involve learning a brand new script. Jeyamohan also wrote that thinkers like B.R. Ambedkar had proposed similar ideas earlier. These let to wide-spread debate.
  • In 2010, in his book Indraiya Gandhi (Gandhi Today), Jeyamohan wrote that the common rhetoric often repeated in Tamil Nadu that E.V. Ramasamy Periyar spearheaded the Vaikom Satyagraha was an exaggeration. He wrote that while E.V. Ramasamy Periyar took part in the Vaikom Satyagraha for a few months, he neither started or led the movement, nor did he bring it to a conclusion. These comments generated much controversy.
  • In 2022, in connection with the new archeological findings in Keezhadi, there were claims made that Keezhadi was the India's/the world's oldest civilization and so on. Jeyamohan opined that these claims were exaggerated. Even if one were to take the speculations of the archeologists at face value, the excavations at Keezhadi are 2100 years old, and at best, will serve as evidence of an urban civilization of the Sangam-age, wrote Jeyamohan. These comments provoked controversy, especially among linguistic fundamentalists.

Literary Significance

Writer Jeyamohan

When Jeyamohan's Vishnupuram was first published, writer Ashokamitran wrote about it in The Hindu, saying that it was the 'most outstanding literary effort in Tamil over the past hundred years'. When lists of best novels in Tamil were compiled by various critics in the year 2000, all of them included Vishnupuram. 'Jeyamohan cannot be considered just a Tamil writer. He is familiar with many languages and has deep scholarship in all of them. He writes in both Malayalam and Tamil. I consider him an Indian writer writing in Tamil. The breadth and depth of his writing transcends language," said writer Jeyakanthan of Jeyamohan in 2003. [Kadavul Yeluga! Jeyamohan's Book Release Speech by Jeyakanthan ].

Jeyamohan's novels, short stories, essays on criticism and culture are widely read and discussed. Writer and critic Pavannan puts it thus - 'Jeyamohan's essays on creative writing and culture are as important as his fictional works.'

In the 2000s, when internet usage started becoming more widespread, Jeyamohan found a new medium to stay in touch with his readers and widen the net. Prior to this, modern Tamil literature was written by and discussed within a small group of connoisseurs who wrote in little magazines. Most of the people outside this world were not aware of the trends and movements in modern literature. Through discussions and debates over the internet, Jeyamohan was able to take the perspectives of modern literature to the common reader. Through various literary workshops, he nurtures the talents and abilities of a new generation of readers and writers. Jeyamohan instituted awards to honour important Tamil writers and brought out books about their works. Through these activities, he was able to take the once niche intellectual sphere of modern Tamil literature to the public.

Books, Tributes

Awards

Writer Jeyamohan
Iyal Virudu-2014
  • Akhilan Ninaivuppoti Parisu - 1990
  • Katha Virudu - 1992
  • Sanskriti Samman Award - 1994
  • Pavalar Varadarajan Virudu - 2007
  • Mugam Virudu - 2011
  • T. A. Shahid Award, Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Writer - 2012
  • SRM Virudhu - 2013
  • Iyal Virudu - 2014
  • Kovai Kannadasan Virudu - 2014
  • Kovai Codissia Literary Award - 2017

Publications

Sanskriti Samman Award-1994
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English

Short Story
  • Stories of the True (2022) Translated by Priyamvada. Juggernaut Publications

Tamil

Novels
  • Rubber, First edition-1990, Thagam (Tamil Puthakalayam), Chennai, New edition-2005, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Vishnupuram, First edition-1997, Agaram Sivagangai. New edition-2006, Kavitha Publishers, Kovai. Reprint, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai. Reprint-2022, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Pinthodarum Nizhalin Kural, First edition-1999, Tamizhini, Chennai. Reprint-2022, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Kanyakumari, First edition-2000, Tamizhini, Chennai. New edition-2006, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Kaadu, First edition-2003, Tamizhini, Chennai. New edition-2006, Tamizhini, Chennai.
  • Ezhaam Ulagam, First edition-2003, Tamizhini, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku publishers, Chennai. Reprint-2013, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Analkatru, First edition-2009, Tamizhini, Chennai.
  • Iravu, First edition-2010, Tamizhini, Chennai..
  • Ulogam, First edition-2010, Kizhakku publishers, Chennai.
  • Kanninilam, Kayalkavin publishers, Chennai.
  • Vellai Yaanai, Ezhuthu publishers, Madurai.
  • Venmurasu (26 volumes - 22,400 pages), Kizhakku publishers, Chennai.
  • Kathanayaki, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Andha Mukil Endha Mukil, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Kumarithuraivi, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Gugai, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Nangavadhu Kolai, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
Novella
  • Jeyamohan Kurunovelgal, First edition-2004, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
Neo-Epic
  • Kotravai, First edition-2005, Tamizhini, Chennai. First edition-20011, Tamizhini, Chennai
Short Story Collections
  • Thisaigalin Naduve, First edition-1992, Annam Sivagangai. New edition-2004, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Mann, New edition-1993, Sneha Publishers, Chennai. New edition-2004, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Aiyramkal Mandapam, First edition-1998, Annam Sivagangai. New edition, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Koonthal, First edition-2003, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Jeyamohan Sirukathaigal, First edition-2004, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai
  • Nizhalvelikathaigal (Devadai Kathaigalum Pei Kathaigalum), First edition-2005, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai
  • Visumbu (Science Fiction), First edition-2006, Any Indian Publishers, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai
  • Oomaisennai, First edition-2008, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku publishers, Chennai, Reprint, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Aram, First edition-2011, Vamsi Books, Tiruvannamalai
  • Eerarukalkondelum Puravi, Sol Pudhithu Publishers
  • Venkadal, Vamsi Publishers, Chennai
  • Uchavazhu, First edition-Jun 2017, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Thulikanavu, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Pradhaman, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Pathu Latcham Kaladigal, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Aiyram Uttrugal, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Malai Poothapodu, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Devi, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Ezhukathir, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Aindhu Nerupu, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Mudhunaval, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Thangaputhagam, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Anayilla! Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Polivadhum Kalaivadhum, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Vaan Nesavu, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Iru Kalaingargal, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
Short Stories
  • Yaanai Doctor, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai
Spirituality / Philosophy
  • Indhu Gnana Marabil Aru Darishangal, First edition-2002, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai. Second edition, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Indhiagnam, First edition-2008, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Siluvaiyin Peiyaral, First edition, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Indhu Madham Sila Vivadhangal, Sol Pudhithu Publishers, Cuddalore
  • Indhu Meimai, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Alayam Evarudaiyadhu? Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Kalachara Indhu, First edition-Jun 2017, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
Politics
  • Satchimozhi, First edition-2008, Uyirmmai publishers, Chennai. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Indraya Gandhi, First edition-2009, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Anna Hazare: Uzhaluku Ethirana Gandhiya Porattam, First edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Janayagach Sodhani Salayil, First edition-2016, Thamarai Brothers Media Private Limited, Madurai
  • Uraiyadum Gandhi, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai
Culture / History
  • Panpadudal, First edition, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Thannuraigal, First edition, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ethirmugam-Inaiya Vivadangal, First edition-2006, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Kodungolur Kannaki (Translation), First edition-2005, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ponnirapathai, Sol Pudhithu Publishers, Cuddalore.
  • Vidhi Samaipavargal, Kayalkavin Publishers, Chennai
  • Agave Kolaipuriga, Kayalkavin Publishers, Chennai
  • Solmugam, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Thanikural, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Thanmeetchi, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai.
  • Abhipiraya Sinthamani (Hilarious Essays), Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Jati: Oru Uraiyadal, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Orupaluravu, Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Thannai Kadathal, First edition-2022, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai.
Biographies
  • SuRa: Ninaivin Nadhiyil, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Munsuvadugal, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Kamandala Nadhi (Nanjil Nadan Padaipulagam), First edition-2007, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Lohi (Lohithadas Ninaivu), First edition-2008, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Kadaitheruvin Kalaingan (on A. Madhavan), First edition-2010, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
Introduction to Literature
  • Sanga Chitrangal (An introduction to Sangam Literature), First edition-2005, Kavitha Publishers. New edition-2011, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai. Reprint, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai., Reprint Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Merkusalaram (An introduction to western literature), First edition-2008, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Kanneerai Pinthodarthal (On 22 Indian Novels), First edition-2006, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Novel (Literary Theory), First edition-1992, Madal publishers, Bangalore. Second edition, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ponnirapadhai, Sol Pudhithu Publishers, Cuddalore.
  • Vidhisamaipavargal, Kayalkavin Publishers, Chennai
  • Solmugam, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Naveena Tamil Ilakiya Arimugam, First edition-1998, Kavya, Bangalore. Third edition, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ezhudhum Kalai, First edition-2008, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ezhudhuga, First edition-2022, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai.
Literary Criticism
  • Azhnadhiyai Thedi, First edition-2006, Uyirmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Navinathuvathuku Pin Tamil Kavidhai (On Devadevan), First edition-1999, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore.
  • Ullunarvin Thadithil (Poetry criticism), First edition-2004, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Eezha Ilakiyam Oru Vimarsanaparvai, First edition-2006, Any Indian Publishers, Chennai, Reprint Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Pudhiakalam (Critical pieces on young writers), First edition-2009, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Pookum Karuvelam (On writer Poomani's works), Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
  • Oliyilanadhu (On poet Devadevan's works), Sol Pudhithu Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ezhudiyavanai Kandupidithal (Literary dialogues), Kayalkavin Publishers, Chennai
  • Ilakiya Munodigal Varisai (7 books: Mudarchuvadu, Kanavugal Ilatchiyangal, Chendradhum Nindradhum, Mannum Marabum, Amardhal, Alaydhal, Navinathuvathin Mugangal, Karipum Siripum), First edition-2003, Tamizhini publishers, Chennai. Compiled version first edition-2018, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Nathaiyin Padhai
  • Ilakiyathin Nuzhaivayilil
  • Vasipin Vazhigal
  • Vaniga Ilakiyam
Personal Essays
  • Vazhvile Orumurai, First edition, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore. Second edition-2011, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Nigazhdal (Anubavakuripugal), First edition-2007, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Indru Petravai (Natkuripugal), First edition-2008, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • J. Chaitanyavin Sindanai Marabu, First edition-2007, Vamsi Books, Tiruvannamalai. New edition, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai
  • Naalum Pozhudhum (Anubavakuripugal), Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
  • Ivargal Irundhargal (Ninaivukuripugal), First edition-2012, Natrinai Publishers, Chennai.
Books on Travels
  • Pulveli Desam (On Australia), First edition-2008, Uyirmmai Publishers, Chennai.
  • India payanam, First edition-2016, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Arugargalin Padhai, First edition-2016, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Gugaigalin Vazhiye, First edition-2017, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Nooru Nilangalin Malai, First edition-2017, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Japan Oru Keetroviyam, First edition-2020, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
Play
  • Vadaku Mugam, First edition-2004, Tamizhini Publishers, Chennai.
Children's Books
  • Panimanidhan (Siruvar Pudhinam), First edition-2002, Kavitha Publishers, Coimbatore, Second edition, Kizhakku Publishers, Chennai.
  • Velli Nilam (Siruvar Pudhinam), First edition-2018, Vikatan Publishers, Chennai.
  • Udaiyal (Siruvar Pudhinam), Vishnupuram Publishers, Coimbatore.
Translations
  • Iyarkaiyai Aridhal - Ralph Waldo Emerson, First edition-December 2002, Ilango Noolagam, Viluppuram, Reprint-2012, Tamizhini, Chennai. Enlarged edition-2017, Tamizhini, Chennai. Reprint of enlarged edition-2022, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai
  • Tharkala Malayala Kavidhaigal, First edition, Alpha Publishers. Second edition-2004, Kavya, Chennai.
  • Indraiya Malayala Kavidhaigal, First edition-2002, Tamizhini, Chennai.
  • Samakala Malayala Kavidhaigal, First edition-2005, Tamizhini, Chennai.
  • K.G. Sankarapillai Kavidhaigal, Sol Pudhidhu, 2018
Anthologies
  • Journal for Ashokamitran's 60th Anniversary celebration, 1993, Kanavu Publishers.
  • Journal for Sundara Ramaswamy's 60th Anniversary celebration, 1994, Kanavu Publishers.
  • Ilakiya Uraiyadalgal, First edition-2005, Any Indian Publishers, Chennai.
Malayalam
  • Nedumpathaioram, First edition-2002, Current Books, Thrissur.
  • Uravidangal, Mathrubhumi Publishers.
  • Nooru Simhaasanangal, Mathrubhumi, Kairali Publishers.
General
  • Nalam (Articles on Health), 2008
  • Nalamarithal, Thannaram Noolveli, Tiruvannamalai

Note: This list is not a complete one.

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