About the story:
Palaniappan, a cloth merchant, sells a shipment of
defective cloth to his old friend Jamal in order to
pay the rent for his shop in Arab Street. Jamal had
helped him set up his business, and this act of
cheating causes Palaniappan to feel guilty.
Dharma’s Chariot offers a glimpse of what life was
like for small Indian import and export businesses
which prospered in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but
gradually declined when technology made their
middleman skills obsolete.
About the writer:
Sithuraj Ponraj began writing fiction and poetry at
18 years old and his works have since been published
in several leading periodicals in India, Malaysia, and
Singapore. In 2016, he won the Singapore Literature
Prize for Tamil Fiction for his debut short story
collection, Maariligal (The Unchangeables), as well as
the Singapore Literature Merit Prize for Tamil poetry
for his debut poetry collection, Kaatrai Kadanthaai (You
Passed Like the Wind).