February 28, 2008
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On Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008, the famous Tamil writer Sujatha died in Chennai. He was 72.
I have read so many books written by him. The most famous and vividly remembered one (two exactly) being ‘En inniya eyanthra‘ and ‘Meendoom Jeno‘. I was in 10th or eleventh standard then, my father gave me the copies of these books to read. The first book – en inniya eyanthra – where he introduces Jeno – the robot dog for the first time. Much early in age, I don’t know what is the funda behind robot. But that fascinated me a lot. The second book to follow – ‘meendom jeeno‘ was even more interesting. In the last chapter when Jeno was put to death, it created so much grief for the reader. These two novels came in AnandaViktan.
Sujatha’s another sequel with Junior Vikatan was also a big hit. The series – ‘Enn? Etharkku? Eppadi?’ -where he answers users questions on science was a big success and trend setter. He could explain complex questions with ease of language that could be understood my commoner with a wit always. He later started writing about the functioning of brain as ‘Thalamai seyalagam‘ in same the weekly was received with success. He has written number of fictions. The famous characters I could remember, being ‘Ganesh & Vasanth’. That was really a trend setter in Tamil literary world.
Sujatha’s – Kanaiyaaleein kadaisee pakkangal was a treat to literary crowd. Later in his days he kept writing in Vikatan (Katratham, petrathum!!) In this section he discussed about the day to day happenings, books he read, shows he watched and about every thing that fascinated him. His new-year special awards was hilarious, during the year end eve, he will announcing awards to people who he thinks has done (also not done) some thing worth mentioning.
Perhaps, Sujatha is one of the earlier writer who hot the advantage of using Computers for writing. A tech geek, he kept his knowledge updated with the advancement of science. He worked in Bharat Electorincs. He is the one who headed the group which came out with electronic voting machines (EVM).
Some of Sujatha’s novels were made as film. Vikram – staring Kamal was the early one I suppose. After that another one featuring – Satyaraj (Airport) was filmed. In later days, he wrote screen play and dialogues for Tamil movies directed by Sankar, the last one being, ‘Sivaji – The boss‘. He is supposedly working for the feature film – Robot – featuring Rajini.
His dead, certainly is a loss, and hard to fill the vacuum his death created.