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Weaving Fire by M.V Venkatram. Book Review

Weaving Fire

Author: M.V. Venkatram

Translated from Tamil by Sumi Kailasapathy

Published by Rupa Publications


MRP: Rs.395/-

Thank you @rupa_publications for a media copy of the book.

Weaving Fire is a novel about the life of silk weavers.

It is classified as a political novel, a family novel, and an affair novel. However, the ridiculousness that MV Ve thinks in this story is the narrative's high point. Although the ridiculousness is finally addressed in the final chapter, it is intense.

Absurdism has already appeared in the writings of Albert Camus and Haruki Murakami. But it was the surprise of Weaving Fire that had me excited

In the penultimate chapter, Kalasalai, the protagonist Kannan's wife, commits herself. Kannan becomes agitated when he realises this.

I began this book with anticipation since I was going to learn about a society that I was unfamiliar with through it. Numerous times throughout the book, this community is discussed. "The dilemma facing silk weavers is different from the challenge facing cotton weavers." The silk weavers have been overlooked by the monarchs. He abruptly interrupts us, saying, "This matter should be treated with humanity since it involves the silk weavers!"

It is a known fact that a silk weaver's ability to support themselves depends on the passage of time. On the other hand, there are individuals who purchase looms and labour on loan and those who work for pay.

In this, a man by the name of Kannan works and buys a loom under contract.Ivan is coerced into every circumstance from the start to fantasise a lot.When his brothers depart and the brother-in-law is unaware, he leaves alone with his mother and a long list of dreams;

How can women be left alone if they own a home and two to five looms? They are also referred to as bosses by their neighbours, and it also provides a dream.In order to conduct a Sodha at each level, Asa, a living creature full of affection, does so. He attempts with assurance.Due to his abilities, he can speak for the workforce. This book may have been written between the 1970s and the 1980s, and talks sporadically throughout the book reflect the political upheavals of the era. The Congress, the Communist Party, and supporters of the DK and DMK will be on one side of a public assembly where they will demand a 25% pay increase.The speech of the individuals affected by each party has been carefully scribed to include this location.What is the government doing when it bemoans the fact that the poor are the ones it rules for? What do the businessmen who pull the throne's palanquin do? On the one hand, Marxists assert that the current capitalism is...On the other hand, a DMK member declared: "The leader will quit if the wages cannot be increased if the prices keep lowering and the salaries do not move from where they are." "Green Tamil tyranny is taking place in our nation; Those who oppose this government are traitors; on the other hand, those who identify with T.G. are victims of the seer's ruse."

As everyone takes the stage and wraps up explaining the reason for their party. This demonstrates the era's political differences. After Kannan has finished speaking, the throng thins out.

Currently, Kannan buys his own home from a boss and sleeps contentedly with his mother while dreaming of his next aspiration. She will give him room to dream new dreams when they get married and everything goes according to plan.How two women's friendship develops, according to KannanThe story progresses most compellingly at this point because who knows?A fashion starts.

Why is a wife who is subjected to slavery and subjugation still asking? Results from this woman were predictable but compelling. The times when Kannan's youngster initially sought to communicate with his parents are vividly remembered. Through the second woman, Kannan suffers significant losses and is coerced into a new dream.


Does it rain...?"

Beginning with the first page of the book, she and Kannan continue travelling together as the rain revives them. The book comes to a close.. He has written extremely minutely on the society of silk weavers known as "Chaura" as the representative of an individual in such an elegant and straightforward manner.

anyone can read it. things to be aware of.


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