Ki. Rajanarayanan (b. 1922) has spent over five decades gathering the most exotic tales of his favourite land, Karisal Kadu—the scorched drought-stricken land in Tamil Nadu. Popularly known as Ki. Ra., he is a powerful storyteller. His short story ‘Mayamaan’ (1958) is considered the hallmark of the golden age of modern Tamil literature. An English translation of his collection of folk tales, Where Are You Going, You Monkeys?, was recently published to much acclaim. He has been the recipient of the prestigious Kalaimamani and Sahitya Akademi awards.