Many enduring human achievements are ventures which did not turn out as planned and literature is no exception. A newly-married, not very established author, spending his honeymoon boating on the Thames, started to write a serious travel guide but ended up with a comic novel due to his matchless ability for rib-tickling presentation of everyday events and people (including relatives). It may not have been the genre's first but is the most enduring, having never gone out of print or popularity for over 125 years while flagging off a glorious parade of English authors skilled at evoking humour out of the commonplace.
Close on the heels of the controversy surrounding author Perumal Murugan's work "Mathorubagan", an upcoming writer in Karur was allegedly assaulted by members of a particular community accusing him of making some derogatory references in his novel.
Perumal Murugan, whose book 'Madhorubagan' was withdrawn last month from the market after coming under attack from Hindutva and caste outfits, filed an affivadit in the Madras High Court today, praying for an order upholding a writer's fundamental right to free speech and expression.