Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tamil Writer Mr.Sujatha Passes away

(May 3, 1935 - Feb 27, 2008)
Eminent Tamil writer S. Rangarajan, popularly called by his feminine pen name Sujatha, passed away yesterday. He was 73.
தமிழுக்கு கிடைத்த மிக சிறந்த எழுத்தாளர். அவர் மறைவு தமிழ் எழுத்துக்கு ஒரு பேரிழப்பு.
Writing novels was only a part time hobby for him.
For He was an engineer by profession. Mr. Sujatha was General Manager (Research and Development) in BEL and was instrumental in designing the Electronic Voting Machines extensively used in Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
He was a prolific writer who touched every aspect of writing. Be it a novel, short stories or science fiction. In fact he was the first Tamil writer to write about science in such a way even a layman could grasp it.
I got to know about Mr. Sujatha's work through my sister.
சுஜாதாவின் கேள்வி பதில்கள் that use to come in Junior Vikatan was my first exposure to his writing. What was interesting about this was he used to take questions from readers in which he covered every subject under the sun from evolution, nano technology to சலவைகாரி joke.
Many of his works got successfully translated onto the big screen and he also wrote screen play for many popular movies including the recent Sivaji. Even though I haven't read all his works following are some of my favorites
Ganesh and Vasanth
என் இனிய இயந்திரா
நயிலான் கயிறு
கற்றதும் பெற்றதும்
கரையேல்லாம் செண்பகபூ
கொலையுதிர் காலம்
பிரிவோம் சந்திப்போம்
He has written over 250 short stories and 100 novels.
Not bad for a hobby writer.
சுஜாதாவுக்கு என் கண்ணீர் அஞ்சலிகள்....
May his soul rest in peace
His personal website

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