Thi. Janakiraman

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T. Janakiraman
Born28 February 1921
Died18 November 1982(1982-11-18) (aged 61)

T. Janakiraman (also known as Thi Jaa, 28 February 1921 – 18 November 1982) is a Tamil writer from Tamil Nadu, India. He is one of the major figures of 20th century Tamil fiction.

Early life[edit]

He was born in a Tamil Brahmin (Iyer) family of Madras Presidency in 1921.[1] He worked as a civil servant. His writing included accounts of his travels in Japan and the Crimea.[2]


His best-known novels are Mogamul, Sembaruthi, and Amma Vandhaal. These novels have feminine feelings embedded in their subjects. Though the story is spun around delicate feelings. His short stories such as "Langdadevi" (a lame horse) and "Mulmudi" (Crown of Thorns) follow the same style.


Thi Jaa wrote about one hundred short stories and a dozen novels. His most noted work is the novel Mogamul (Thorn of Desire). His other novels Amma Vandhaal and Marappasu were translated into English as "Sins of Appu's Mother" and "Wooden Cow" respectively. He was noted for his short stories.[2] In 1979, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his short story collection Sakthi Vaidhiyam.[3] Some of his other notable works are Malar Manjam, Uyirthen and Semparuthy.


  • Amirtham
  • Malar Manjam
  • Mogamul
  • Anbe Aaramudhe
  • Amma Vandhaal
  • Uyirthen
  • Semparuthi
  • Marappasu
  • Nalabaagam


  • Adi
  • Sivagnanam
  • Kamalam
  • Naalavathu sir
  • Avalum umiyum
  • Thodu
  • Veedu

Short story collections[edit]

  • Kottumelam
  • Sivappu Rickshaw
  • Akbar Shastri
  • Yaadhum Oore
  • Pidi Karunai
  • Sakthi Vaithiyam
  • Manidhabimaanam
  • Erumai Pongal
  • Aboorva Manidhargal
  • Vendam in the Poosanikkai


  • Annai
  • Kullan


  • Doctorukku Marundhu
  • Naalu Veli Nilam
  • Vadivelu Vaathiyaar


  • Udhaya Sooriyan - Travelouge about Japan
  • Nadandhaai Vaazhi Kaveri
  • Adutha Veedu Aimbadhu Mile
  • Karunkadalum Kalaikkadalum
  • Nalapakam


  1. ^ "நான் தமிழன், ஐயர்". Kumudam. 15 July 2009. p. 110.
  2. ^ a b Ashokamitran (9 March 2008). "Janakiraman sends a wire". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2014. Janakiraman’s forte was the short story.
  3. ^ "Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007". Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2010.. Sahitya Akademi official website.