O. V. Vijayan was one of the storytellers of his own class. The multifaceted talent was also a cartoonist and novelist. Although starting his career as a lecturer, Vijayan soon became a full time journalist and finally left Kerala. With his prolific writing style, soon Vijayan became a name in the arena of writing. The language of Vijayan was very vibrant and it encompasses the whole rhythm of earth. Wind, Bloom, Tree, Sand all made their presence felt in each of his writings.
The Saga of Dharmapuri is a superb collection of fiction from one of India's greatest living writers O. V. Vijayan. Some of the stories included in this collection are: The Legends of Khasak, The Saga of Dharmapuri. 'The Saga of Dharmapuri' is a controversial political allegory where the dictatorial President of Dharmapuri and Siddhaartha who is a travelling mystic and messiah, engage in an unending symbolic battle.
The publisher of this collection of stories 'The Saga of Dharmapuri' is Penguin Books Australia Ltd.
A heavily sardonic work, the saga of Dharmapuri is perhaps one of the best novels to understand Indian political intrigues in those days of governmental agitation. The novel opens with satire where a king farts loudly amidst the anxious courtiers. Dharmapuri then gradually unfolds to illustrate the political unrest and emotional turmoil. Straightforward language and neat lucidity further marks the novel with creativity.