Amma Vandhaal

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Amma Vandhaal
Author Thi. Janakiraman
Country India
Language Tamil
Genre Fiction
Published 1966
Publisher Kalachuvadu
Pages 100

Amma Vandhaal is an Indian novel by the noted Indian Tamil writer Thi. Janakiraman ("Thi Jaa"). It is a fictional account of a youngster who returns home from his vedic school. It is one of Thi Jaa's most important works,[1] and one of the few that have been translated into English, published in 1972 as The Sins of Appu's Mother.[2]


Appu, a vedic scholar, returns from his school after completing his studies. After reaching home, Appu comes to know about his mother's affair with Sivasu, and that the other family members are already aware of it. His mother reveals that she had sent him to the vedic school to atone for her sins. A heartbroken Appu goes back to his school after hearing of his guru's illness, as someone has to run the school.

Main characters[edit]

  • Appu, a scholar
  • Bhavani Ammal, who runs the school
  • Indu, niece of Bhavani Ammal
  • Alankaram, Appu's mother
  • Sivasu, a rich landowner


Triloki Nath Madan called it "a particularly insightful interpretation of the mother–son relationship, when the son is cast by a strong-willed mother in the role of her savior".[3]


  1. ^ Ashokamitran (9 March 2008). "Janakiraman sends a wire". Times of India. Retrieved 19 May 2014. In 1966, he had written probably the most discussed novel, Amma Vandaal. 
  2. ^ The Sins of Appu's Mother at Google Books
  3. ^ Triloki Nath Madan, Choice and Morality in Anthropological Perspective, p. 142, at Google Books

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