Asst. Prof. of English

Agni College of Technology





Rajam Krishnan, born in 1925 in Musiri, Trichy District in Tamil Nadu is an important Tamil writer. Her works depict the lives of women in Tamil Nadu, particularly the Brahmin women, in a realist style and lucid language. The intertwining of tradition and modernity is one of the hallmarks of her writing. She is unable to come to terms with what she perceives to be the unchanging plight of women in society, irrespective of whether they are traditional or modern. She once remarked in an interview “It is a shame that the sufferings women underwent in my days dog them even now”. Krishnan’s works express her anguish at the way inequities are perpetuated in one form after another. Her novels and short stories have been translated into various Indian languages and English. She is a recipient of NewYork Herald Tribune International Award in 1950 for a short story; Sahitya Akademi Award in 1973; Soviet Land Nehru Award in 1975. She has been honoured with several other awards such as Kalaimagal Award in 1953 and Thiru. Vi. Ka. Award in 1991.

The Diamonds

(A translated short story of Rajam Krishnan, an eminent Tamil writer)