The novel portrays the life of those who work under Gounders. A young untouchable farmhand, is in bondage to a paternal yet powerful landlord. He spends his days herding sheep and tilling the fields. He struggles to keep a fragile happiness, but endless work and a stubborn hunger gnaw away at his spirited innocence.
Perumal Murugan hits again with another novel Kulamathari which is translated to Malayalam by Kabani C under the title Keezhalan. Powerful read from Murugan mercilessly portrayed the life and the daily humiliations of untouchablility. This is translated in English under the title The Seasons of Palm.