“Why not? Why do you think we have a P.T. period? You cannot simply sit through it,” he said, and then blew his whistle to call the captains of both the teams.
“Guys, take Kumar on one of your teams,” he said to both the captains.
“Oh! He is a Pottai * sir. I don’t want him in my team,” One of them said.
“Yes sir! He is such a Ombodhu *. He can’t play,” said the other one.

The story was originally published in Tamil in Thinnai magazine.

Original in Tamil

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* Editor’s Note : Pain has been previously published in Tamil magazine Thinnai.

Translation in English (1)

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Translation in English (2)

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About the author


I'm a writer living in Mumbai who dreams incessantly of time travel

About the book author

Shridhar Sadasivan

Shridhar Sadasivan was born and raised in Tamil Nadu and now lives in the United States. He is a member of the Chennai based LGBT group MovenPick and a member of the executive team of, a bilingual LGBT resource website. Shridhar aims to break into the conservative Tamil media with his short stories and introduce LGBT characters to the readers. He hopes to create awareness on LGBT issues and struggles through his writings.

About the translator

R. Niruj Mohan & Srini Swaminathan

R. Niruj Mohan

Srini Swaminathan, yet another Engineer from BITS Pilani. Worked in a yet-another-job in the Oilfield for 8 years before giving it up to become a not-yet-another Teacher in a Municipal Primary School in Dharavi as a fellow with TeachForIndia. Is also a long distance runner and cyclist. Loves torturing cameras to capture the truth. Loves torturing technology to take these frozen truths to people. My Facebook profile & Twitter profile.