Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child have been in vain. Hounded by the taunts and insinuations of others, all their hopes come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of Ardhanareeswara, the half-female god. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple’s suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test.
About the Author
Perumal Murugan is a well-known Tamil writer and poet. He has written six novels and four collections each of short stories and poetry. Two of his novels have already been translated into English to wide acclaim: Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Kiriyama Prize in 2005, and Current Show. He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books.
Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a performer, writer, translator and activist. He documents various public health projects and art projects, and is involved in LGBT advocacy work. He is currently a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin, and is also working on his first novel.