This story is so
moving that I had to stop reading to catch my breath several times and share
tidbits aloud with my family and colleagues.
- Suzanne Bowen, editor
I love how Soosaiya
has caught the vulnerability of each character, no matter how strong or weak
they are meant to be. This should be a movie! Anyone who enjoyed the Life of Pi
like we all we did…would love this story.
- Kelly Branchal, editor
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This is a tale of fisher-folk that lives in an obscure-coastal-slum-village situated in the southernmost tip of Indian Subcontinent, from where Sebastian rises to become an engineer among the illiterate ruffian mass who have nerves of steel and proclivity for ethnocentric violence. Sebastian deserts Gloria after his long trysts climax in a passionate lovemaking in the moonlit coconut grove where both lose their virginity. Gloria lives independent and becomes a rare and multi-faceted personality—a successful painter, an entrepreneur, and a social worker—riding well past Sebastian in fame and wealth. Torn between warring in-laws and his poverty-stricken-sister Rebecca, Sebastian takes sides with in-laws leaving his sister in financial predicament. Gloria supports Rebecca in the latter’s financial crisis. The Nature is unkind to them. Tsunami in 2004 wreaks devastating destruction: thousands of fisherfolk die like flies; their properties return to the depth of the sea. The rivalry between mechanised fishing and traditional vallam fishing escalates as arsonists set the fishing trawlers afire including the one owned by Rebecca. Will Sebastian recue his sister Rebecca from the aftermath of misfortunes? Will the karma of deserting Gloria haunt Sebastian? What is that secret which Gloria has kept undisclosed to Sebastian all along? What does shape the psyche of these catholic fisherfolk-the faith in religion or the sorcery? The reader can find the answers after passing through the dark tunnels of suspense and awe-inspiring unique lifestyles of humanity unknown to the world.
Soosaiya Anthreas was born in Azhikkal, Kanyakumari District of
Tamil Nadu in the year 1959 to illiterate-fisher folk-parents. He graduated
from CIT (Coimbatore) in the year 1982 in Mechanical Engineering, but his
passion has been somewhere in the writing. He dreamt of becoming a Novelist one
day. Influenced by R.K. Narayanan and Jane Austen in literature; Freud, Wilhelm
Reich and Jung in Psychology; Nietzsche, Sartre, Russell in philosophy; and
Swamy Vivekananda in spirituality. He lives in Chennai with his wife Danee
Joycee, daughter Jzacksline Andreela, and son Andrei Crichton.