I have always wanted to be able to share in the stories read by my mother and other relatives and friends in Chennai. This anthology was a great opportunity to participate in that world. The introduction is insightful and enjoyable as are the translations. The English of the translations was crisp and clean; I felt that it must be honest to the language of the original stories. The translator and editor have made clear that they only chose 'pulp fiction,' so we must wait for another anthology if we are looking for the 'semi-literary' or for 'socially conscious literature.' I found some stories were quite gripping and some a bit too simple, but all gave me a look into the fictional world of the Tamil magazine.