The Banks of the River Thillai


Mayuran Punniyamoorthy is with Rajes Bala.


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Mayuran Punniyamoorthy is with Rajes Bala.


The Banks of the River Thillai

Great civilizations formed on the banks of rivers. The most notable examples are the Egyptians based on the Nile, the Mesopotamians on the Tigris/Euphrates Rivers, the ancient Chinese on the Yellow River, and the Precursor to Dravidians on the River Indus.

This book is about a small civilisation based on the river Thillai, which flows by the Kolavil village in eastern Sri Lanka.

Against a backdrop of the flow of that river, Rajes Bala clearly portrays the post-independence era during which Tamils underwent atrocities, suppressions and even worse—the heinous crimes committed by Sinhalese government.

The story swirls around the villagers who were not only political victims of a chauvinistic government but also the victims of their own religious superstitions, meaningless customs and baseless traditions.

Those who were willing to overcome were overruled by those customs.

The 1956 and 1958 pogroms against Tamil civilians were vividly depicted in this book. Political incidents travel along with the story and through its characters, interweaving with each other.

The book is deeply touched by the emotional and psychological feelings of women—how they became the social victims. The means to overcome their suffering and suppressions were quite impossible due to the male-oriented social structure.

Rajes Bala emphasises that the education of women is indispensable and it is the core concept of this book. The protagonist of this novel is a teenage girl who endeavours to pursue her studies. Did she achieve her goal?

We travel to a society that existed 60 years ago. The story explains the changes in that small society situated on the banks of a river through romance, pangs of separation, suppression and violence.

7You, Gowry Sivapalan, Kala Sriranjan and 4 others

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