A unique anthology of short stories from the 'Karisal' or 'Black Soil' region of Tamil Nadu. Edited by Ki. Rajanarayanan, one of the most acclaimed and influential writers in Tamil, these stories tell, with genuine affection and concern, of the lives of people living against the backdrop of the black soil land. Here the rain plays hide-and-seek, sometimes oppressing them with drought, sometimes with floods; caste and religion still form a large part of the social order; cattle and moneylenders decide the fate of populations; and local gods are a very real presence. Written by celebrated contemporary Tamil authors in a range of literary styles, these are stories that will resonate universally long after they are read.