Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 30 – Art Gallery

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 30 – Art Gallery The Younger Lord Pazluvoor drag ged Vandiya Devan to the audience chamber along with him. The explanation given by the youth about his conversation with the Emperor had not completely satisfied him. Perhaps it was a mistake to have permitted him to meet the Emperor in privacy. It […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 29 – “Our Guest” 

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 29 – “Our Guest” After the poets had departed, the palace doctor mixed a medicinal potion and brought it to the Emperor. Malayaman’s daughter, the Queen Consort received the goblet in her hands and gave it to her lord the Emperor. The Younger Lord Pazluvoor, who waited patiently till the Emperor had […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 26 – Danger! Danger!

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 26 – Danger! Danger! Vandiya Devan entered the audience chamber ahead of the poets. He guessed that the stately person seated on the high throne was the Younger Lord of Pazluvoor. Several persons s tood around him in deferential postures with hands folded and lips sealed. One person stood with several bundles […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 25 – Inside The Fort

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 25 – Inside The Fort The signet ring with the palmtree emblem had miraculous powers like the magical rings in fairy tales! In that morning hour, various people – vendors of milk, curds and other dairy products, fruit and vegetable sellers, butchers, farmers, others engaged in various trades, clerks and accountants, petty […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 24 – A Cuckoo And A Crow

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 24 – A Cuckoo And A Crow Vandiya Devan slept through the night like a log and woke up only after sunrise in the morning. Even after waking, he was lying down without the will to get up. The light breeze ti. blew briskly, leaves of the creepers and trees rubbed against […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 23 – Amudan’s Mother

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 23 – Amudan’s Mother The Velaikara Battalion wound its way through the main market street. Some of the men walking towards the end of the parade performed certain audacities in that marketplace. One fellow entered the shop of a food vendor and carried out a basket of sweetcakes; he distributed the cakes […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 22 – Velaikara Battalion Of Velirs

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 22 – Velaikara Battalion Of Velirs First, the outer screens emblazoned with the palmtree symbol parted; next the silken inner curtains were pushed aside. The golden hand seen by Vallavarayan o nce before, the hand which had stunned him, could be seen once again. Thinking that it was no longer polite to […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 21 – The Curtains Parted

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 21 – The Curtains Parted Can two minds function at the same time in one body? Yes – Vandiya Devan knew the answer because of his experiences that day! He was tra velling through the most fertile of the bountiful Chozla lands. It was the season of new floods in all the […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 20 — The First Enemy

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 20 Azlvar– The First Enemy Adiyan gave his heartfelt thanks to the vampire bat which helped him at the right time; a hooting owl gave further aid. The con spirators gathered in the clearing thought that the noise was made by the owl or the bat. “Hey fellow! This bat has frightened […]

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Ponniyin SelvanChapter 19 — Battlefield And Forest

Ponniyin SelvanChapter 19 — Battlefield And Forest It was a practice among the Tamils of the ancient times to erect a hero stone and raise a memorial for great warriors who died bravely in the battlefield. If the memorial was marked merely by a stone tablet the place was known as the stone monument of […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 18 – Idumban Kari

Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 18 – Idumban Kari We left Azlvaradiyan, also known as Thirumalai, at the ferry landing near Kollidam. Let us consider that Vaishnava zealot once again. When Vandiya Devan sat upon his horse a nd rode away towards Kudanthai, Mr. Thirumalai started mumbling these words to himself: “This youth is very sharp. If […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 16 – Arul Mozhi Varma

About a thousand and more years ago, the best of kings, Paranthaka Sundara Chozla (AD 957973), ruled as an Emperor without equal in South India.He had ascended the Chozla throne several years before the times of our story. For the past several hundred years Chozla power had been growing. Chozla Territories were spreading in all […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 15 – Vanathi’s Tricks

We request our readers to please recall that earlier moment in our story when Kundavai and Vanathi climbed onto the chariot and rode towards Kudanthai, leaving their friends on the banks of the River Arisil. We shall now listen to the conversation of those maids who were left behind. “My dear Tarika, look at this […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 14 – A Crocodile On The River Bank

In those days, those who wished to reach Tanjore from Kudanthai, travelled along the banks of the rivers Arisil or Cauvery and reached the town of Thiru-vai-aru. From there, they would turn south to go towards Tanjore. Convenient ferrys or fords to cross the rivers Kudamuruti, Vettar, Vennar and Vadavar were available only along that […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 13 – The Waxing Moon

The Astrologer led Vandiya Devan into the house after the chariot carrying the princesses had disappeared from view. He seated himself on his best seat. He asked the youth who was looking around to sit down and examined him from head to toe. “Thambi, who are you? Where have you come?” Vandiya Devan laughed. “Why […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 12 – Nandini – Stories in english

Don’t we have to disclose how Vandiya Devan, whom we had left in a ferry-boat on the banks of the Kollidam, arrived at the doorsteps of the Astrologer of Kudanthai? The Saiva gentleman, who objected to having Azlvaradiyan in the boat, turned towards Vandiya Devan and said, “I let this fellow get in because of […]

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Ponniyin Selvan Chapter 11 – Sudden Entry of Vandhiyathevan

The town known as Kumbakonam, was known as Kudanthai or Kudamooku during the times of our story. Besides the virtue of being a pilgrimage center, it was also famous because of the Astrologer of Kudanthai. A little distance to the south of Kudanthai, a majestic view of the interim capital of the Chozla’s, Pazlayarai, with […]

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