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When the Love Stories End | Books

Avvaiyar, the legendary Tamil poet and wise woman, takes centre-stage in the poem The Fine Art of Ageing in Arundhathi Subramaniam's latest anthology, Love Without a Story. 'Spare me the desperation of the old/ she says/ and the puerility of the young,' Subramaniam writes in the first section of the sequential poem. In another, she says: 'She's done

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