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பொன்னியின் செல்வன் [Ponniyin Selvan] (பொன்னியின் செல்வன்)

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A story is wound over the historical characters of Chola kingdom during the Raja Raja Cholan period.
1452 pages
Published by வானதி பதிப்பகம் (first published 1950)
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பொன்னியின் செல்வன் [Ponniyin Selvan] by Kalkiசிவகாமியின் சபதம் [Sivagamiyin Sabatham] by Kalkiகடல் புறா [Kadal Pura] by Sandilyanவந்தார்கள் வென்றார்கள் [Vandhargal Vendrargal] by Madhanஉடையார் #1 [Udayar] by பாலகுமாரன் (Balakumaran)
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பொன்னியின் செல்வன் [Ponniyin Selvan] by Kalkiகடல் புறா [Kadal Pura] by SandilyanMidnight's Children by Salman RushdieThe Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniSea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
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Poorna Rajaraman
Oct 10, 2008 Poorna Rajaraman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes reading in tamil and has passion for tamil history
Recommended to Poorna by: My grandmother
Its my all time favorite. I have read this book about 15 times and would read it even more times in my life... I have read this putting myself in the place of
1. வநதியததேவன
2. பூஙகுழலி
3. குநதவை
4. ஆழவாரககடியான
5. அருளமொழிவரமன
6. நநதினி
and more

The characters I like the most is
1. வநதியததேவன
2. பூஙகுழலி
3. கரிகாலன
4. நநதினி.
5. குநதவை
I have seen me in every one of these characters and thats the victory of this novel as far as I can see it.
தமிழின மிக சிறநத வரலாறறு நாவலகளில மிகவும முககியததுவம வாயநதது. இநத புததகம படிதத பிறகு தஞசாவூர மறறும இலஙகை போய ஒரு முறை சுறறி பாரகக வேணடும எனறு கடடாயம அனைவருககும தோனறும.
வநதியததேவன, குநதவை, ராஜா ராஜா சோழன, பழுவேடடரையர, நநதினி, ஆழவாரககடியான அனைவரையும ஒரு முறையாவது பாரகக வேணடும எனறு ஆவல உணடாகும
உணமை நிகழவுகளோடு அஙகஙகு கதை சேரதது கலகி பிணைததிருககும இககாவியம எனறும படிததவர அனைவர மனதிலும வாழும.
இககாவியததை நான எனறும அனைவருககும பரிநதுரைபபேன.
Vijay Raj
Ponniyin Selvan

Done with Ponniyin Selvan! I would say, I have been living a life with the kings, the princes, the warriors and the other characters of Ponniyin Selvan from the day I started reading the novel. The novel narrates the story of the Chozhas and their beautiful lives in the 11th century.

Kalki is the main reason I loved the book. The novel is complete in all aspects. It has history- centering around the real historical characters and incidents, romance, bravery and what not? Most
Prabhu R
கலகி ஒவவொரு முறையும தஞசையைபபறறி வரணிககும பொழுதெலலாம...கண முனனே நான சுறறிய இடஙகள தோனறும.முதல அததியாயம , ஆடி பெருககுடன துவஙகும.நான சிறு வயதில ஆடிபபெருககிறகு ஆறறில பூஜை பொருடகளை விடட ஞாபகம தொடடுப போகும. நதிகள,நதியோற மரஙகள பறறி வரும பொழுதெலலாம கரூர வழியே தஞசை வரும மாரகம தான நினைவிறகு வரும.

கதையில முககியமான வநதியதேவன,சோழ நாடடின வளமையைப பாரதது வரணிககும பொழுது, திருவாரூர செலலும சாலை, அதுவும , அநத பசசை போரவை போறறிககொணடு அழகாய சிரிககும வயல வரபபுகள தான நமது கணமுனனே வரும.நாயகன தஞசையை விடடு வெளியில செனறு மீண
This book is just amazing. It has everything in it. It gives one hell of a roller coaster ride where you can come across art, history, philosophy and more. You will end up loving all the characters whether its protagonist or antagonist.
Kalki's words and use of language is just mind blowing. I wonder how he had such an amazing knowledge about history, literature, psychology etc.,
This is my first book that I read in my Tamil Language and I am very much happy about it.
Good.. At the end of every chapter,there is a suspense.
I am not even a worthy person to write a review about the greatest historical novel I have ever read in both tamizh and english put together. For those who are curious to know the premise, it is basically about the life of a great chola(kingdom in south india circa. 1000 AD) king 'Raja Raja Chola' before he ascended the throne. It is narrated by a Vandhiya thevan who is also one of the protagonist. The story takes place during the time of political instability in the chola kingdom or to put it p ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Srinivasan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ganga
Shelves: favorites
Lot of information about the activities of various kings came from inscriptions like these as well as copper plates like the Anbil one. The Thiruvalangadu copper plates state, “The Chozha people were very keen that after Sundara Chozhan, Arulmozhi Varman should ascend the throne and rule their country. But Arulmozhi Varman respected the right of his Uncle Uttama Chozhan, the son of his father’s younger brother, Kandaradithan, to the throne and crowned him King”.This was my first Indian historic ...more
Thangaprakash Sengodan
Many thanks to Kalki for bringing me the habit of reading books!!. When I was pursuing my Master's degree at Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, it was happened to read Kalki's "PARTHIBAN KANAVU" (thanks for my room-mate a good reader then), ofcourse I started the novel by 7.10 pm as a short time pass until the dinner 7.30 pm. But I was trapped by his writing and I lost my dinner that night and finally put down the book after 12.00. I never thought of reading a full book before, but it ...more
Excellent ...

First read it to understand the plot.
Sencond time, for deeper plot understanding
Third time, read it completely with narrations of even silliest things.
Fourth time and subsequent times, to answer your doubts and for the happiness that this book provides you.

How did the author taught me about Chola a branch of chola dynasty?
How did the author tell that there is no good or bad. There are only views and actions based on views ?

I would have read many novels and will read many more.
One of my most favorite books. Read all the 6 volumes about 3 times and I still cant get enough of it. I live in USA and whenever I miss my days in Pudukkottai(thats where I started reading this) I start reading a couple of pages from this. The characters are so well justified and every character is unique. My favorite is vandhiyathevan :-)
ஆதி அநதமிலலாத கால வெளளததில கறபனை ஓடததில ஏறி நமமுடன சிறிது நேரம பிரயாணம செயயுமாறு நேயரகளை அழைககிறோம.
When I read this first line and subsequently a chapter of this epic in Tamizh, I immediately realised how lame I had been to read the English translation. The greatness of the Tamizh culture and heritage and the awe-inspiring dynasties that ruled over Tamil Nadu in the 10th century form the very core of this book, and it is almost unjust to have not read it in Tamil. The translation by Karthik Nara
Rajasekar Pandurangan
இலவசமாக பொனனியின செலவனை பதிவிறககம செயய

Welcome to Ponnyin Selvan Group

The best Tamil Historical novel about Chola dynasty. Most of the story based on Archaeological findings, Ancient Tamil poems, Stone and brone inscriptions, the great Thanjai Periya kovil (Temple) built by the Great Raja Rajan Chola,and folks.

No one can beat the story telling and presentation of this novel. Whenever the author introduce a character
Pasupathy Narayanamurthy
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Best book I have ever read. All tamils please read this book atleast once
Apr 17, 2013 Ponniyinselvi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ponniyinselvi by: My mom
I am seriously out of words to describe this EPIC of a novel by the GREAT Amarar Kalki..!! But if there's one word to describe this book, it would be "BRAMMAANDAM"..!!! This novel would make its readers want to travel to all the places mentioned in it. I'm so proud to be a Thamizhian..!!

Reading this book took me to a whole new world where I saw myself with the characters of this book.

My favourite charcters from this book are:

1. Vanthiyathevan
2. Kundhavai
3. Poonguzhali
4. Oomai Rani
5. Arulmozhi Va
Geethalakshmi Sakthivel
The famous book among Tamil people and it is a good read too. I got craze in this story because of my college friends, we used to call ourselves the characters from the book and play small drama at hostels. But was not knowing why this story is important..then I started to read this book after graduation when I got a break before post-graduate admission. Wow!! it is because of this book, I got interested to know more about Tamil history, the joy of reading no one can express it in words. There i ...more
The ultimate journey of history - that's how this book should be termed. From the boring lectures and yawns of classrooms, Kalki - the author developed a "class apart" for history with his own style of narration and vivid exemplifications. Leave aside the story about Raja Raja, after whom the book is named - its the fascinating experience that the author has brought right in front of our faces while reading this book. Anyone is certain to experience the "historic age path" when they read this bo ...more
Ravi Sankar
Easily the best book i have ever read so far. The way the author takes you through the 2000 pages is simply stunning. Practically glues you to the book. addictive, rich in characterization. The fact that this was actually a 1950 weekly magazine's serial that ran successfully for 3 years is overwhelming. I would have died out of anxiety to experience this epic novel in a weekly basis. Thanks to the awesome compilation, i am alive to tell the tale ! Man, there should have been a 'my best book' tag ...more
Shylu Vk
It took me months to wake myself out of Thanjai, Ilangai and basically out of the Ponniyin Selvan world. It was Fantasy as never experienced before. The characters are still alive even years after reading this master-piece. Thibika Shanmugam's illustrations brought the whole Chozhan dynasty to life. Poonkuzhali is one awesome lady and she has earned my admiration through out the novel. LOVED HER!!
Prasanna Venkataraman
One of the best novels which i read. Amazing description of the characters and perfect plot of the story.
Arul Mozhi varman will wander around our mind and heart even after we completed this Epic. Not only him, Vanthiya thevan and many other characters will also capture some good quantity of flesh from our heart.
One of the very few novels which i have planned to read it again.
Here we go!Finished reading this finally.Everybody in my family had already read it.
The book lived to the hype it had created in me and made me realize the true genius of Kalki.If you ever want to name a book as "page turner",it is this one.A pure historical fiction...

My sister had read this one more than 4 times when she was 18.Now I see why!
For the first 10 to 20 pages, i wondered why everybody likes this book. but after that, i gone mad about this ,I never felt like closing the book.

i suggested to all of my friends.

Basically i am from thanjavur (where the story belongs to), felt like how did i missed this till the time?

Vinoth kumr
Ponniyin selvan is one of the finest historical fiction in tamil,you can't shelve this book in one genre has loads of everything - historical facts,romance,action,comedy,thriller....many of them tried this novel to cinema but could'nt,thats shows the scale of this masterpiece...A MUST READ!!!!!
Unbelievable novel. A masterpiece. Takes you back centuries old and makes you feel how nice it would if we were born in that period. A rare gem of a novel!!
Dhandapani gopal
I am an amateur reader. Ponniyin Selvan is the first Tamil novel I‘ve ever read. Initially, while holding 2400 page novel, I doubt whether I could finish reading this book or not, and finally I do finished reading it. Author Kalki has meticulously mixed the great history of Chola kingdom with an interesting fictional plot, which makes us involuntarily turn pages.
The story happens during medieval Chola period, under the rule of Sundara Cholan. It is a perfect mix of politics, romance, and histor
Suresh Gokul
This would be my first review of a book in my whole life time. This is the first time i read a book contains more than 500 pages.When I started this book I regretted most of the time thinking about what I have been doing my whole life without reading this book.

First thing is I was totally into it. The way they the author described the characters and the way story moves rapidly into our heart Wow no words describe that feel.

It explains the culture of cholas and about their friends and foe's. The
This has been my first novel(ponniyin selvan series) towards Indian Literature more precisely the tamil literature. i have been glued to this novel the day i started reading it. It as been a "Awesome Experience" - i fell short of words to describe this novel. Historical,Spy thriller,comedy and romance every kind of genre i find it in this novel.

I had great admiration towards english novels. Especially the Thrillers of James Hadley Chase and Detective novels from Arthur Conan Doyle.But this one s
I have read this book 8 years before, that too within a week span(2500 pages) which is my biggest achievement till date. One of my favorite tamil historic novel that even made me to forget my sleeps and hunger till I completely finish it. Even now the cast members(Azhwarkadiyan Nambi,Vandiyadevan, Arulmozhivarman, Poonkuzhali and many more) flashes through my memory whenever I came across the name. Each and every page of the book showcase the hard work done by the kalki in 1950s, no wonder its s ...more
The moment I read the last page of the book, I knew this is the best book I will ever read. I doubt if there is one book (Tamil or English) that can come close to this. The characters still live in my mind, after an year of reading it. I read this 2400 page novel, during study holidays before my exams. I would be definitely reading it again.

A must read for anyone who can spell the tamil characters! Even if you cannot read Tamil, try the english version though I cannot say how much quality would
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