Amma

Amma

Perumal Murugan’s tender yet truthful essays capture the life of a strong, independent and extraordinary woman: his mother. She raised her children with the income from just a few acres of land that she managed on her own, tending to the cattle and crops with maternal concern, all the while minding her unruly husband. Every obligation met, all accounts squared up, each meal cooked to satiate the tongue and heart—Amma never rested, not even when bedridden with Parkinson’s. She lived a farmer’s life and died a farmer’s death.

Amma is a homage to a way of life and values—simplicity, honesty and hard work—lost to us today. Peppered with unsentimental nostalgia and delightful humour, and vividly documenting village and farming life in the Kongu region, Amma tugs at generational memory. Murugan’s non-fiction writing, his first to appear in English, is as deeply affecting as his fiction.

Title:Amma
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789388754873
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    Amma Reviews

  • Krutika Puranik

    | R E V I E W |~I have always been the sort of reader who seeks comfort from the simplest of stories. Like how Sudha Murty connects with millions of people through her simple language, Murugan has a s...

  • Vanya

    I haven’t yet read any of Perumal Murugan’s fiction. But when I heard of his latest collection of essays dedicated to his mother, I knew I had to read the book. The choice of title for the book—...

  • Sahil Pradhan

    What 'Amma' taught me about my mother?It is Perumal Murugan’s power that captures you right from the first line and compels you to complete the book from cover to cover. His carefully chosen words a...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    A collection of 22 chapters/essays that revolve around the writer’s mother, this latest offering from Perumal Murugan is not just a memoir of the author’s childhood but also, the memories of his t...

  • Anushka

    soooo pure and so eye-opening...such a different way of life. cried because i'm not with my amma during lockdown...

  • Vinay Leo

    Many parts of the book felt like I was reading the story of someone very familiar, though the author's mother was not. It embodies many things, like hope, determination etc. Positive ways. How this wo...

  • Sambhavi

    A simple yet a beautiful book. This book gives you a sneak up into the author's life. This book makes you think about the little memories that you make with a person that you'd probably hold on to for...

  • Apurva Sijaria

    'Amma by Perumal Murugan' is a compilation of 22 essays by Mr. Murugan about his mother. He has written the stories about his childhood and during the time where he had impacting moments of his life b...

  • Abhishek Mishra

    So just finished this book and it is so overwhelming (in a good way) that the emotions are difficult to put into words.This book is a collection of 22 essays, written by Perumal Murugan and 1 written ...

  • Janaki Balasubramanian

    Amma - Perumal Murugan translated by Dr. Nandini Murali and Kavitha MuralidharanThis collection has 22 essays. Murugan has tenderly and truthful sketched these pieces. Knowing more about his mother I ...