Navin Manogaran

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Navin Manogaran
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at his home in Batu Caves, Malaysia
Born31 July 1982 (1982-07-31) (age 39)
Lunas, Kedah, Malaysia
OccupationEducator
LanguageTamil, English, Malay
EducationMasters in Tamil Literature
Period1998 - present
GenreFiction and non-fiction
SubjectPoem, short story
Notable awardsSelangor State Government Award for Young Poet, Canada - Tamil Literary Garden 2018 Special Award
Website
vallinam.com.my/version2

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Navin Manogaran (Tamil: நவீன் மனோகரன்), (born 31 July 1982) is a Malaysian Tamil writer and Magazine editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Vallinam Magazine. His novel Peichi (2019) stirred controversy within the Indian community, resulting in its ban from the Malaysian government in 2020.[1][2][3] Several Malaysian and Tamil Nadu organizations have voiced their opposition to the ban.[4] His written works center around the lives of Malaysian Tamils and their daily struggles.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Born in Lunas, Kedah, Malaysia, Navin completed his primary education at Wellesley, Lunas Estate Tamil School and his secondary education at Lunas Secondary School. Both his father Manogaran and mother Pechai have a habit of reading. He also has a sister. A meeting with celebrated author M. A. Ilanchelvan at the age of 16 left Navin with an increased zeal for reading. Writer Ilanchelvan was the inspiration for his literary journey. Navin later moved to Kuala Lumpur.

Involvements[edit]

Career[edit]

Navin joined the Teacher Training College in 2002 and underwent three years of teacher training. After obtaining a diploma in teaching, he served in the schools of Batu Caves Tamil School and Melawati Tamil School. Following that, he is currently working as a teacher at the Sungai Rambai Estate Tamil School in Selangor. He also holds a master's degree in Tamil Literature from the University of Malaya.

Involvements[edit]

  • M. Navin worked as a writer for Mannan, a monthly magazine for about two years. In addition, he served as co-editor for the short-lived literary monthly Kadhal, which ran in print for 10 months.
  • He established Vallinam, a publication for alternative literary endeavors in 2007. The magazine has taken on a digital format since 2009.
  • Navin also served as editor of the bi-weekly newsletter Mugavari. Published under the administration of the then-daily newspaper Tamil Nesan, this bi-weekly newsletter ended after just five issues.
  • Furthermore, he supervised the publication of Parai in 2014, a compilation of research papers on the following issues: Malay/Chinese literature, Riverine,[clarification needed] Eelam literature, civil,[clarification needed] world literature

Literary activities[edit]

During the period 2009–2018, Navin organized art literary festivals to act as a springboard for aspiring writers to debut and establish themselves in the literary field. He has worked in various fields of art such as painting exhibitions, photo exhibitions, stage plays and book launches. To date, Navin has directed documentaries on 14 Malaysian-Singaporean personalities.

Publisher[edit]

Navin has to date published 39 books, mainly via Vallinam Publishing. In addition, he started Yazl Publishing exercise book for students.

Other contributions[edit]

  • Documentaries—so far he has produced 14 documentaries featuring literary personalities of Malaysia and Singapore.
  • TamilAsiaBooks—Navin has created a platform enabling the reader to discover books. Its mission is to promote reading by observing readers' needs and building a book-browsing experience and book discovery.

Prizes/awards[edit]

  • 2010 Selangor State Government Award for Young Poet
  • Canada, Tamil Literary Garden 2018 Special Award[7]

Work[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • Sarvam Bramasmi (2007, poetry)
  • Veri naykaludan vilaiyaduthal (2013, poetry)
  • Mandai Oodi (2015, short story collection)
  • Boyak (2018, short story collection)
  • Peichi (2019, novel)
  • Maharaaniyin checkmate (2019, poetry)
  • Ussai (2020, short story collection)[8]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Kadakka mudiyathe kaalam (2010, collection of columns)
  • Virunthalikal vithu sellum vaalvu (2012, criticism)
  • Vagupparaiyin kadaisi naarkali (2015, collection of articles)
  • Meendu nilaithe nilalgal (2018, interviews)
  • Naarin manam (2018, collection of columns)
  • Malaysia novels (2020) Volume 1[9]
  • Ulagin Nakku (2017, world literary introduction)
  • Manasalayo (travel fiction)

Screen[edit]

He has narrated Malaysian films such as Jerantut Ninaivugal, Maunam and screenplays for films such as Venira Eravugal (Malaysia), Jagat (Malaysia), and Kabali (Tamil Nadu).

References[edit]

  1. சைலபதி. "புலம்பெயர் தமிழர்களின் வாழ்வைப் பேசும் `பேய்ச்சி' நாவல்... மலேசியாவில் தடை செய்யப்பட்டது ஏன்?". vikatan.com (in தமிழ்). Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. "மலேசியாவில் பேய்ச்சி நாவலுக்கு தடை | எழுத்தாளர் ஜெயமோகன்". www.jeyamohan.in. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. "ம.நவீனின் 'பேய்ச்சி' நாவலுக்கு மலேசியா தடை: தமிழகத்தில் வலுக்கும் எதிர்ப்புக் குரல்!". Puthiyathalaimurai (in தமிழ்). Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. "பேய்ச்சி நாவலைத் தடை செய்த மலேசிய அரசு - அதன் ஆசிரியரோடு ஓர் உரையாடல் | Aran Sei". Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. "'பேய்ச்சி' தமிழ் நாவலுக்கு மலேசியாவில் தடை: எழுத்தாளர்கள் கண்டனம்". Indian Express Tamil (in தமிழ்). 2020-12-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. Muralidharan, Kavitha (2021-03-04). "Navin's Peichi explores various facets of Malaysian Tamil life". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. http://vallinam.com.my/navin/?p=3664
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAITI0yv0XI
  9. "மலேசிய நாவல்கள் (தொகுதி 1) - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-03-06.


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