A superb collection of stories from a modern Indian master! One of the most versatile and innovative among contemporary Tamil writers, Sundara Ramaswamy’s wrote short stories in two phases : between 1951 and 1966, and then, after a long gap, in the 1970s. his early stories, focusing on ordinary people leading ordinary lives and are full of gems by way of characterization: the policeman and the priest of the Nadi Krishna temple in ‘Prasadam’, and Varadan and Joswin in ‘True Love’ remain unforgettable, in spite of their pedestrian lives. In the later stories—‘Intoxication’(1973), ‘Waves’(1976)—clouded by the aftermath of the Bangladesh war and the Emergency, the plots turn darker and more complex. Surprising us with their odd twists and turns, raising uncomfortable questions, and yet touched by a fine sense of humour and humanity, the stories in this collection belong with the best in the genre.