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    Poomani is the pen name of P. Manickavasagam. He was born in 1947, in Andipatti, a village near Kovilpatti. A distinguished writer, he has published six novels, six short-story collections and a collection of essays. His earlier notable works are Piragu (After), Vekkai (Heat), Varappukal (Field Bunds), and Vaikkal (Irrigation Canal). He has had many of his works translated into several languages. He was awarded the Ilakkiya Chinthanai award for his novel Piragu (After). His novel Vekkai was translated by N. Kalyan Raman as Heat (2019). His novel Agnaadi (Relief/Wonder/Fatigue/Resignation) won both the Gitanjali Literary Prize in 2012 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014. In 1996, he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for the film Karuvelam Pookkal (Flowers of the Black Babul), which he both wrote the screenplay for and directed.

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