“Gini Pupuru”– It is not one more writ­ing!

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES/APPRECIATION -

The novel,“gini Pupuru” (The Sparks) by Sarath Sa­ma­rasek­era is a story which can be read and fin­ished in one breath con­tin­u­ously. It is a quite read­able story that tempts one to read it over and over again as it is of a won­der­ful and un­usual taste which makes the book un-put-down-able.

The au­thor showed his lan­guage com­pe­tence and cre­ativ­ity by pub­lish­ing his first lit­er­ary work, the trans­la­tion of “If You Could See What I Hear” an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel by Tom Sul­li­van, as “Mata Esena De Obata Dekiya heki Nam” in 1999 and his first col­lec­tion of Short sto­ries as “Hithay Ida” (“Scope in the Mind”) in 2004.Af­ter 12 years, he pub­lishes his first novel as “Gini Pupuru” (The Sparks). The au­thor at­tempts to present the tragic sit­u­a­tion peo­ple had to ex­pe­ri­ence in the lat­ter part of the 60s and the early part of the 70s, be­cause of the blun­ders of the then po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, com­mit­ted through un-far­sight­ed­ness.the au­thor shows the sym­pa­thetic plight a youth falls into, af­ter he was frus­trated by fall­ing be­tween two stools, when he is de­prived of his higher ed­u­ca­tion and the ex­pected gov­ern­ment job be­cause of grant­ing the gov­ern­ment jobs on po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions dis­re­spect­ing ed­u­ca­tional qualifications and the merit.

The pro­tag­o­nist of the story Nan­dana, is a youth of a poverty-stricken fam­ily liv­ing in a vil­lage, yet he man­ages to fur­ther his higher ed­u­ca­tion un­der duress and com­pelling of his mother, with the great ex­pec­ta­tion of be­com­ing a doc­tor. Hav­ing un­der­stood the eco­nomic hard­ships that Nan­dana’s fam­ily is un­der­go­ing, his pa­ter­nal un­cle who is an ar­dent sup­porter of the rul­ing party, of­fers him the pos­si­bil­ity of ob­tain­ing a teach­ing post. Due to the ex­pec­ta­tion of the oc­cu­pa­tion, Nan­dana gives up his ed­u­ca­tion since the preva­lent cir­cum­stances made him stay at the un­cle’s farm­ing abode mark­ing time for in­ter­views and etc. Un­for­tu­nately, there was a po­lit­i­cal up­heaval and the left­ist frac­tion was chased away from the rul­ing al­liance and Nan­n­dana’s name was in­cluded in the list of the left­ist Par­lia­men­tar­ian who is the friend of the un­cle.the left­ist Par­lia­men­tar­ian be­comes a pow­er­less pup­pet and the party or­ga­nizer of the rul­ing party be­comes the om­nipo­tent po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity of the area and he re­places the old list with his new list. Nan­dana hav­ing been dis­ap­pointed and fallen be­tween two stools be­comes one more farm­ing labourer among the work force of the un­cle.at the end the de­pressed Nan­dana, de­cides to avenge him­self on the pow­er­ful party or­ga­nizer who had caused in­jus­tice to him.

The au­thor has been able to hold the reader spell­bound from the very be­gin­ning to the end, pre­sent­ing the reader with a smoothly flow­ing story. The vigour of this novel is greatly due to the style of the lan­guage of the au­thor. He shows a won­der­ful ap­ti­tude in the apt us­age of the jar­gon of agri­cul­tural folk­lore and the re­mote peas­antry life. In this way he com­mands the com­pre­hen­sive trust of the reader. Be­cause of the abil­ity of lan­guage us­age of the au­thor, he has been able to por­tray a fan­tas­tic cog­ni­tive im­age that a by-stander at a river at a moon­lit night can wit­ness. The metaphors and images used by the au­thor is in­no­va­tive.the ef­fec­tive­ness of their us­age makes a great im­pact on the reader’s mind. The au­thor’s at­tempt has been to fore­ground the detri­ments caused to the so­ci­ety be­cause of the na­ture of the rot­ten pol­i­tics.the char­ac­ters he uses for that pur­pose are strongly built by the au­thor. The story be­gins with the por­trayal of the re­al­is­tic role of the teacher and the plight of school ed­u­ca­tion un­der preva­lent so­cial sys­tem of that time.a live scene is cre­ated by the au­thor in which a tu­tor/teacher who chase af­ter money and the poverty stricken stu­dents who can­not find means to meet the day to day es­sen­tial ex­penses. Hav­ing passed the decade of 70s, to­day we wit­ness the rapid de­vel­op­ment of this con­cept.

Char­ac­ter­i­za­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture of the mod­ern fic­tions. Some present day crit­ics ex­press their views about com­plex and com­pre­hen­sive char­ac­ter build­ing. Just be­cause of the live na­ture of the char­ac­ters in “Gini Pupuru”, it is apt to say the au­thor has taken a keen in­ter­est in the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. In or­der to build the live char­ac­ters of Nan­dana, Podi Rala­hamy and Kira, their mind­sets, traits and per­sonal iden­ti­ties along with their speech styles and id­iomatic ex­pres­sions and so on are well uti­lized by the au­thor.thereby the au­thor has been able to pro­tect the iden­ti­ties of the char­ac­ter and the reader will feel that th­ese char­ac­ters are hang­ing around with the reader.

Re-cre­at­ing of the ex­pe­ri­ence, imag­i­na­tive strength, us­age of the lan­guage and broad vi­sion of life are the salient fea­tures of an artis­tic in­ven­tion.the au­thor of “Gini Pupuru” has been able to present this novel in such a way that the whole nar­ra­tion gets grafted with the read­ers’soul.the novel“gini pupuru”which ap­proaches from plea­sure to wis­dom con­sists of deep so­cial and po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties. - R.m.ashokananda, for­mer Asst. Di­rec­tor Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment.

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