The controversy over writer Perumal Murugan’s novel Madhorubagan and the suicidal death of the writer within him reminds me of the French literary critic Ronald Barthes’ essay ‘Death of the Author’. Barthes argues against the practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author in the interpretation of a text, and instead argues that writing and the creator are unrelated. Once the author has given birth to the text, the author is dead; on the contrary any child born into this world requires nurturing, without which the fate of the child is predictable.