Varalotti’s Non-fiction book has hit the bookshops ! Dear I L ites, Yesterday I had a very pleasant surprise ! Varalotti’s book publishers, Kavitha Publications, phoned me up to inform that his new book on non-fiction has been released by them. They wanted to give me the privilege of buying the first copy ( ofcourse only next to the author ! ) since I was the first person to buy his “ Jannal” and “ Visaranai” ! Needless to say , I did go ahead. Yet another well turned out book, the new one is. The title is “ Vetriyin Vidaigal”. I asked the publisher if this was similar to Shivasankari’s non-fiction, “ Chinna noolkanda nammai chirai paduthuvathu? “, which was a big seller and my favourite gift to my friends. He said, “ that book is no more relevant in today’s life, whereas this book of Varalotti will be relevant even after 40 yrs “ ! Sridhar, you have a great fan in your publisher, which, I think, is a very favourable point for a writer ! Now, the preface is so well written, that, true to my latest interest, I can’t help writing a “mini” review on it !! Honestly it is “ par excellence”. Very rarely do we come across such an enjoyable preface, no exaggeration at all. All the four points, you have briefly touched upon – about universities, life lessons, family members’ reactions and the reference to vitamin pills, bring out your brilliant thoughts. Each is briefly, but very nicely written. In Tamil, the word “ angalaikarathu” is hardly ever used properly, often misused only to show disgust ! You have used it so well, bringing out the meaning in the best sense. I also loved your pun on “ vetru” and “ vetri”. It is a pity that only those who buy the book can read such an enjoyable preface – the book is rightly sealed in a cellophane cover. Sridhar, as per your suggestions, I expect my daily dose of your 2 vitamin pills per day, will fortify me to better my performance in I L ! Since I always love to give my favourite non-fiction books a gifts, this falls under that category. So, I L ites, whoever visits me in the next few months will receive the gift of a book written by one I L ite, from another I L ite. One and only criterion is, you must be able to “savour” tamil. Both of us belonging to Madurai ( famous for Tamil Sangam ), we love Tamil marginally more than English ! Sridhar, please go back on your posts – I vaguely remember a mention that you will share a ( miniscule? ) portion of the royalty with me . You seem to have conveniently forgotten your word - howzzatt ? Love & regards, Chithra.