Kalyanaraman Durgadas

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Kalyanaraman Durgadas


Kalyanaraman loves to span generations.

It all started when he got his hands on a manuscript of a Sanskrit work written by his great grandfather, comprising of some 200 verses in Sanskrit. He translated Ganesatatwasudhalahari into Tamil and English, taking the help of some experts.

More than anything else, the process gave him an insight into the way his great-grandfather felt and he had a strong urge to write about the times he lived in. He, like all his forefathers before him was born in the sacred Cauvery delta.

Thus was born, Songs of the Cauvery He connected with his son, Raghava KK, collaborating with him in illustrating another forthcoming (at the time of writing) book of his– The Sorcerer of Mandala, a fantasy adventure for young adults.


Here are some of the books written by me.

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Songs Of The Cauvery
There is a sloka in the Kaivalya Upanishad that my father quoted often,’ said Panju, ‘Not by performing Vedic rituals,/ Not through one’s progeny,/ Nor through wealth;/ through sacrifice alone/ did they achieve immortality.’

The time: the transition years between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. The space: the fertile delta of the Cauvery. The backdrop: the early stirrings of a freedom struggle against British colonialism in South India.

Nothing can disturb the serenity of Tiruvaiyaru, South India, until Panju, a brilliant boy from an orthodox family, decides to join the revolutionary freedom movement. His actions affect not only him, but those he holds close—his sister Janaki who, breaking age-old tradition, aims to becomes first local woman with a college education; his father Sambu who finds himself getting waylaid from his spiritual quest; and the beauteous temple dancer Ranjitham who covets Panju.
For Young Adults
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The Sorcerer Of Mandala
Long, long ago or just a year ago – depending on when you read this – the Astu Devas wake up and grant the absurd wishes of two citizens of Orum, leaving the town isolated from the rest of civilization.
It is now up to Vikram, his reluctant fiancée Ponni, and his friends, Kalla, a thief, and Bana, an aspiring playwright, to steal a fabled blood jewel and save Orum. Oh, did we mention the jewel hangs around the neck of the demonic goddess, Rakta Katteri, guarded by her devotee, the terrifying Sorcerer of Mandala?

First, they have to to rescue a bunch of intrepid women from the clutches of the three-headed demon, Trisiras. Then they have to face the ordeals of the dreaded gates of Mandala, set by the sorcerer. Will Vikram and others be upto it? Will Orum be saved?



My thoughts.

Adventures of a grand father

Anagi is my granddaughter who is all of three and a bit. Her recent arrival with her brother Ruby (adventures with Ruby is a story for another day) has improved my self-awareness beyond belief. I know of men objectifying women. But, Anagi chooses to objectify herthatha (that’s me). She climbs onto my neck, using my […]

Dad, Tell me a story…

Are you a parent/ grandparent who is stumped when your child/ grandchild asks you for a story every night? If so, the post is just right for you. And I can tell you; it really works. I hit upon the idea of interactive stories one night when my son after seven straight nights of made-up […]

The Silly and the Sublime

(Conversations in a monastery) (Scene in a monastery. Seated are PLATO, EINSTEIN, JOSHU, AN ONLOOKER, SANKARA, DISCIPLE1 and DISCIPLE2. DISCIPLE1 sits near JOSHU and ONLOOKER near PLATO) DISCIPLE 1: (To JOSHU) Master JOSHU, I am confused by what you say. What is the sound of one hand clapping? JOSHU: Come here. (DISCIPLE1 approaches. JOSHU slaps […]


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