Thi. Janakiraman

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T. Janakiraman
Born 28 February 1921
Died November 18, 1982(1982-11-18) (aged 61)
Nationality Indian
Occupation novelist

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


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]

Writing style[edit]

The writing style of Thi Jaa is simple and narrative. His best-known novels are Mogamul, Sembaruthi, and Amma Vandhaal. All these novels have feminine feelings embedded in their subject. Though the story is spun around delicate feelings, the author's narration is flawless and spontaneous. His short stories such as Langdadevi (a lame horse) and Mulmudi (Crown of Thorns) also follow the same style of writing.


Thi Jaa wrote about a 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 have been translated into English as "Sins of Appu's Mother" and "Wooden Cow" respectively. He was also noted for his short stories,[2] which are artistic and subtle in nature. 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

Short stories collections[edit]

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


  • Annai
  • Kullan


  • Doctorukku Marundhu
  • Naalu Veli Nilam
  • Vadivelu Vaathiyaar


  • Udhaya Sooriyan
  • Nadandhaai Vaazhi Kaveri
  • Adutha Veedu Aimbadhu Mile
  • Karunkadalum Kalaikkadalum


  1. ^ "நான் தமிழன், ஐயர்". Kumudam. July 15, 2009. p. 110. 
  2. ^ a b Ashokamitran (9 March 2008). "Janakiraman sends a wire". Times of India. Retrieved 19 May 2014. Janakiraman’s forte was the short story. 
  3. ^ Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived August 18, 2008). Sahitya Akademi official website.