Just managed to complete this fabulous piece of work by Amarar Kalki. I stand absolutely spell bount reading this book and gives me umpteen number of reasons to be over the moon with absolute glee and amazement. Here are a few:
Being set in the days of the glorious Chozhas time it is always tough to create the ambience in terms of lifestyle, environment, characters etc But the Author manages to pass with flying colours creating rich verbal imagery. The impact is so authentic and so surreal that we almost feel as though we stand there. To quote a few the description of rivers and Euphoria of people around it, Romantic portions between Kunthavai and Vanthiyathevan, Ponniyin Selvan’s sequences etc.
The manner in which the author keeps us engaged and intrigued needs a special mention. Never easy with 5 parts but he is at his scintillating with fantastic twists, turns throughout the series.
Each of the lead characters Ponniyin Selvan, Karikalan, Kunthavai, Aazhvarkadiyan, Pazhuvetarayar, Kunthavai, Vanthiyathevan, Poonguzhali, Nandini leave such an impact in us. Very detailed and interestingly etched.
It is very challenging for an author to get it perfect when it comes to articulation in regard to culture, respect for a character, shades of character but in this case the author has managed to ace it. Take for instance the manner in which Vanthiyathevan and Aazhvarkadiyan’s exploit are narrated. Absolutely hilarious and enthralling.
The Ponniyin selvan effect is so deep that it will take a few days for it to subside. I now look forward to @manirathnam sirs recreation on the silver screen. He is an expert when it comes to emotions and that perfectly matches with #ponniyinselvan. Good days ahead!!
Do check out the book here:
English version: https://amzn.to/2HD2IbU
Tamil version: https://amzn.to/2YNRmYc
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