Author: Perumal Murugan
Translated By: N. Kalyan Raman
Publisher: Westland Books
Genre: Indian Culture
Poonachi is a weak, fragile, orphan, black and a miracle baby goat. She doesn’t know her biological mother. A mysterious man one day, hands over Poonachi to an old man and his wife. The couple is poor to feed and nurture her yet; the woman struggles to keep her alive and in the middle of all the hardships, develops a bond with her.
The story further shows Poonachi’s fights against all the odds, her life’s ups and downs, experiences of love and loss, sacrifices, being a miracle and a miracle taking her life.
Miracles and exhibitions were meant for when people were relaxing after a sumptuous meal.
NUTs and BOLTs
- Initially the book seems like a fable for children, its only later that the reader gets the deep meaning the author aims to deliver.
- The writer has done a tremendous job at raising some serious and political issues in a subtle manner. Touching themes like gender and racial discrimination, oppression, injustice of government, social hierarchy; keeping animals, Poonachi a goat specifically the center of the book.
- It presents emotions of an innocent animal that undergoes exploitation by human beings for their own good.
- The emotion of love between the animals is written with conviction.
- The essence of being a woman in the form of a goat is nicely captured.
- Another brilliant point is there is no character sketch of the human characters but that of the animals. That gives a strong feel that you reading about animals, but its way beyond them.
- Personally, being my first animal take, I got to know much about animal and their emotions. Poonachi’s pregnancy period got me goose bumps.
There were so many moments she could recall with pleasure. Why then did the mind always blow up and despair over sad events?