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Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Ponniyin Selvan is a masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers. Many authors have written phenomenal books in Tamil literature after Kalki Krishnamurthy, but Ponniyin Selvan remains the most popular, widely-read novel. It has just the right mixture of all things that makes an epic – political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, huge dol ...more
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published February 16th 2017 by Indreads (first published 1950)
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Vishnu Chevli
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Last year I read "Gujarat No Nath" and "Rajadhiraj" by K M Munshi. I loved those books. Since I read those books I added historical fictions to my favorite book genre. Books like Ponnis Beloved reminded me Munshi's books. I just read the first part of five volumes and Sumeetha I am not sure whether I can wait for your next translations. I am already keeping watch on the price of the complete set.

Ponni's Beloved is the story of Chola Dynasty during Sundar Chola and his sons time. Though the main
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Dhivya Balaji
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FIRST IMPRESSION:

The original Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki Krishnamurthy is a legendary piece of literature, (of course it was. It inspired this translation and some more like it). I have seen the set of 5 volumes, huge books that have adorned the shelves of many bookworms I knew, especially those from the previous generation. The books were treasured possessively and guarded with care. They were often perused in parts, with people seeking their favorite quotes or lines or events from the book. So f
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Geeta Nair
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A legendary piece of literature, ‘Ponni’s Beloved’ is Part One of five parts of the English translation of Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Tamil Classic ‘Ponniyin Selvan.’ It has as its protagonist Vandiya Devan a young soldier who belongs to the brave warrior race of Vanars. He is on a secret mission for the Crown Prince of the Chola Kingdom. What follows is an adventurous journey through the realms of the Chola Kingdom. Spiced with bits of gossip, fun- frolic and subtle romance, the story is actually th ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ponni’s Beloved is a labour of love - a translation of the Tamil classic Ponniyin Selvan. When Sumeetha asked me to edit and proofread her manuscript, I was astounded at her dedication, attention to detail and perseverance for the translation.

She is very thorough in her writing, ensuring to keep the tone and era of the book intact. The language and words used reflect the historical period the original novel followed. It transports the reader back to the royal era of the Chola Kings and the opule
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Lata
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A book full of characters, politics, spying, love, betrayal and friendships. The book is fast-paced and full of drama, a story that keeps you engrossed. This is the first book in a 5 part series. The book does not feel like a translated read. It is easy to read and smooth. Before reading this book, I had not heard of the original Tamil version. I still enjoyed reading the book and waiting with bated breath for the next ones. The only difficult thing I found was in the tongue twisting Tamil names ...more
Amar Naik
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Proudly i can say that Ponni’s Beloved by author (Sumeetha Manikandan) is a book which reminded me of my grandmas story. Sweet memories which are cherishable.

Though this book is a translation of a famous masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers, the readers for sure will get lost in the majestic rich heritage of chola kingdom. While the book has lot of political angles, many different plots in the story are nicely intermingled and described.

The author has made good attempt to
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Aparna
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Pooni’s Beloved is an English translation of well-known Tamil author Kalki R Krishnanmurthy’s Pooniyin Selvan. The English translation is done by Sumeetha Manikandan.

Though I haven’t read the original work or any of Sumeetha’s previous works, still I must say this is the best translated work I have ever read. Even if it's in English, it has still retained the Tamil essence in it. Appropriate translation and significance of a festival or place or a person; is an added advantage for people who a
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Reshma Ranjan
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful read: Ponni's Beloved
From the word go the story pans through the period of tenth century AD taking the reader through the time without a drop. The politics, the intrigue never seems to fade. Thankful to Sumeetha Manikandan for giving the translation of one of the most celebrated Tamil works “Ponniyin Selvan” for a non-Tamil reader. The book leaves the era etched into the reader's mind. I am eagerly looking forward to picking the next of coming volumes.
Mayuri Nidigallu
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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To begin with I hadn’t heard of the legendary Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki Krishnamurthy, till I married into the South Indian Community. Since then I have seen people go into raptures as they talk reverently about this great book. The curiosity to read was thus aroused and when Author Sumeetha Manikandan’s English translation came up for a read and review through The Book Club, I instantly filled out the form and looked forward to my copy.

Ponni’s Beloved is part 1 of Part 4, an appetizer to another
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Mahathi Ramya
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

It's been a long time since i read a lengthy novel above 300 pages. This novel is interesting throughout even though it is lengthy. 'Ponniyan selvan' which is the original of this translated work is already a popular novel in Tamilnadu. All my Tamil friends re-iterated the same. So, my expectations were really high before even i started reading it.

The story is set in the era of Cholan ruler Sundara chola and it is all about the politics in the kingdom, the beauty of the place , its culture and p
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Rubina
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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During the times when treason was a part of life and spies were roaming the streets of India, Ponni's Beloved is set during those times. A time when the Chola dynasty was at their zenith.

The story is introduced to the readers by a brave, young man, who is a great fighter too, and a messenger of Aditya Chola (forgive me if I got my history wrong). Aditya Chola, heir to the throne was suspecting a conspiracy and had sent Vandiya Devan to warn the King. In his journey, Vandiya Devan meets the diffe
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Tejus
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had been wanting to read the fabled Ponniyin Selvan but was not able to learn to read Tamil. This book does a wonderful job in translating the classic. The language is simple to understand.
The characters are very well written and the plot gets really intense and intriguing. Few characters like Nandini are so complexly designed that leaves the reader guessing for her motives and her influence.
Raja King RK
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ponni’s Beloved a treat for lovers of historical fiction. I have already read Sumeetha’s These lines of Mehendi a fantastic love story. This is Translation of a famous Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki which is most loved and read Tamil Novel.
Kalki started this novel after he got to know that in this world Kings are killing their own brothers, don’t care about the fact, not interested to hear people opinion to became a king, but here the King Rajaraja sacrificing his crown to his uncle even
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Shree
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is a dream of every Tamilian to read this masterpiece of Tamil literature at least once in their lifetime. The original narration, the description and plot in general have captivated millions of people, young and old alike. Revered by a whole generation of people, this book is a bench mark of sorts of a perfect historical fact based fiction. The very idea of translating such a magnificent work of fiction by itself is terrifying. To take up such a task and trying and retaining the essence of t ...more
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