Love and Loss
An audio book in English, read by Aarti Aney.
Jayakanthan's novel, Love and Loss, is a sensitive 'slice of life' story that explores the lives of Thangam, a construction worker and her son Chitti, born out of wedlock. The squalid slums of erstwhile Madras, now Chennai, form the grimy background to the tender drama of a woman trying to find an anchor to her life in a roadside astrologer she befriends, and the furious resentment and protest this engenders in her son.
Originally titled Unnai Pol Oruvan in Tamil, it portrays a milieu that was not often the stuff of fiction in the 1960s. It was made into an award-winning film.