An awesome book by Kalki that was published initially in the kalki periodical.I had a chance to read this 2400 epic about the Chola kingdom.I was spellbound just could not keep the book down.Even the great George Orwell’s sattire didnt keep me tied down as Kalki did.I was honestly amazed about kalki’s narration,the simple yet serene beauty of characaterisation.The story revolves around Vandhiyathevan the hero of the story through which we are introduced to other characters.Kalki just brings the beauty of women characters to the readers imagination.We get spellbound by the beauty of early tamil nadu.You know one thing i hail from srirangam actually srirangam is an island which has cauvery in one side and kollidam in the south.Srirangam is a vaisnavite holy land having lord renganatha blessing his disciples.I got fascinated by the shivite-vaisnavite debates in the book especially Azhvarkadiyannambi fighting it out with the shivites.
Honestly i fell literally in love with most of princesses in the book be it kundhavai,Vanadhi or Poonguzhali i miss them as if they are my girl friends these days ;).
Kundhavai- Amazing lady brilliant,creative,erudite and what not.The way she handles the dangers to the chola kingdom.I got moved by the way the she fells in love with vandhiyadevan wow what romance it just increased my belief in the wonderfull feeling of love.
Vanadhi:Innocent,loving,caring and the way she loves arulmozhi i got envy on arulmozhi.
Poonguzhali:Brave,daring,innovative,adventurous.I thought of going to kollidam and look for some girl on a boat he he he.
Vandhiyathevan and arulmozhi varman’s friendship is comparable to fidel-che or marx-engel friendship.Vandhiya tricky,lovable,brave intelligent the way he gets into trouble and comes out of it is really interesting.Arulmozhi’s honestly,loyality,the way he respects kundhavai and vandhiyathevan is amazing and enjoyable a read.He is being loved by the entire chola kingdom.
This book has literally hijacked me of all senses.I believe anyone knowing tamil should have a try at this epic story it has history,love,friendship and what not to savour.Awesome book 😉