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Ponniyin Selvan - The Fresh Flood

(பொன்னியின் செல்வன் #1)

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Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan Series published by Kumaran Publishers
Paperback, First Edition, 384 pages
Published December 2008 by Kumaran Publishers (first published 1950)
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I started learning Tamil several years ago and the question that I was invariably asked was, “Why do you want to learn Tamil? What is your goal?” Well, I had to come up with something, so I said, “I want to read Ponniyin Selvan.” I have still not read it in Tamil (and I may never get there!) but thanks to the efforts of C.V. Karthik Narayan I have been able to read this in English. This truly was a labour of love for this man. This guy is an engineer with a day job, not a professional translator ...more
Ashish Iyer
What a book!
Excellent historical fiction about the beginning of Chola Empire.
Very descriptive in simple English and a nearly good translation.
I think everyone should read this series.
Now i am going to start 2nd book.
கிராமத்தான் சரவணன்
ஒரு முறை படிகக எடுததால முடிககாமல புததகததை மூடுவது கடினம. மிகவும எளிய தமிழில எழுதபபடட சிறபபுமிகு புதினம. ...more
Surya Nagarajan
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the elders in home told "we would read this all night. It's super good" I scoffed and said yeah sure.
Fast forward ten years I found myself up till sunrise, reading up on the schemes of Nandhini and bravado of Vandhiyathevan. Yes, the tamil is difficult to being with, but it's definitely worth it. As someone who is homesick, reading about Tanjore, where one half of my family is from, with vivid descriptions about the culture and people was pure bliss.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
When you start a classic, you are silently praying you are not disappointed. If it is the first part of 5 part series, then it becomes tougher since it may be more of context than content.

Here is a book that checks all the boxes and managed to make me steal pages over coffee breaks! Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan part 1 is a smooth and engaging read that almost inspired me to write this review in influenced tamil prose!

Part 1 of this historical fiction introduces the characters and reveals strands of
Sampath Kumar
ஒவவொரு பாததிரததின அறிமுகமும நெஞசில நிலைபபவை. வநதியததேவனின தூது. ஆழவாரககடியானின துடுககு. பழுவேடடரையர சூழசசி. குநதவையின அழகும அறிவும. சுநதரசோழரின உடலநலம. ஆதிதத கரிகாலனின வெறி. நநதினியின பாதிபபு. அனைததும ஆரவககுறைவு இலலாமல அழகாக எழுதபபடடிருககினறன. ...more
Uttara Srinivasan
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally appearing in popular Tamil literature over a period of four years in the early fifties, Ponniyin Selvan: Fresh Floods is Part One of a Five book series that documents the early life of Rajaraja Chola (Chozha, as Kalki helps us pronounce correctly) - one of the greatest emperors of the Chozha dynasty of the South that rarely finds it's rightful presence in history syllabi of the school years. That Kalki chooses to set it through the journey of Vandhiyathevan, a warrior / messenger / qu ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a grand beginning! The first book of Ponniyin Selvan introduces Vanthiyathevan, Princess Kunthavai and Pazhuvoor Ilayarani Nandini. I cannot think of another book that gives so much importance to the women characters. In fact, in this book it is the women who are central to the plot. All the men are only supporting characters.
Characters behave in the most natural manner possible, i.e., they reveal their true intentions to anybody who poses a direct question. Poonkuzhali and Arulmozhivarman
Balaji Sriraman
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Words fail when I try to think about this reading experience. I started taking notes then stopped because there were just too many note worthy! Eager to start part 2.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
For a long time I was searching for a big series book to read and when I saw the translated version of this famous book which is also a famous play and had also heard good things about it, it made me more curious, so I bought a copy immediately I don’t know whether this is a fantasy or historical fiction anyway I ended up starting the series. The moment I started this book I was glued to it. This book definitely took me to another world altogether and I must say the translator has done an excell ...more
Nitish Krishna
Probably the most celebrated Tamil Historical Fiction series ever. Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan, put very simply, is the story of the Chozha empire in its heyday and the characters (real and fictional, high-born and low) that inhabit this fascinating time in Indian history. Although I read a translation, I got a very good sense of the reading sensibilities of the 1950s Tamil public. This book which was serialized in a magazine was a huge craze and its not hard to see why. The story portrays the Golde ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fast-paced adventure set in 10th century AD Tamil Nadu. The book was written in 1950 and the writing style reminded me a lot of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
Also, since this is the first volume of 5, most of it has been used in setting up the story, introducing characters. There are some great twists too.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
இதனை மிஞச தமிழில ஒரு வரலாறறு காவியம எழுத முடியுமா ?
அமரர கலகி ஒரு எழுததாளர எனபதனை விட ஒரு மிகசசிறநத வரலாறறு ஆசிரியர.

Ang Lee/James Cameroon இதனை திரைபபடமாக இயககினால எபபடி இருககும ?
Deebiga Balasubramaniam
பகலில பககம பாரததுப பேச வேணடும; இரவில அதுவும பேசககூடாது ...more
Saravana Sastha Kumar
One of the greatest classics from Kalki. loved every page. While I read it in Tamil, for people not familiar with Tamil it is highly recommended to read the English translation of the book.
Abdul Kareem
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this book is like reliving a life with full of adventures. I don't hesitate to say that this is the BEST BOOK(including all the books in this series) I've ever read in my life!
Sivaraman S
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first tamil novel (translated),. Set in India, thousand years back during the Chola reign. Excellent !
Arun Radhakrishnan
பகலில பககம பாரதது பேசு;
இரவில அதுவும பேசாதே.
Virat hooda
True Wonderer
Its the late 10th century, our hero 'Vandiyathevan', a dashing warrior of the prestigious Vaanar clan has been given an important mission by his leader and dear friend the crown prince of the great Chola empire, Aditya Karikalan. And so, our hero departs from Kanchi towards the capital Thanjavur on his adventurous journey through the Chola empire.

The story Kalki weaves is marvelous and as I have just started (one of five), I eagerly look forward to the others. An epic is not an ep
Amith Ghosh
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a novel that the people loving historical fiction or anything related to mythology couldn't dare to miss.....
I had to take a moment to believe the novel was actually written in 1950s. my god, the creativity*, the narration*, the characterisation*, the twists and turns of events* etc, everything just awed me......
the story is partly a fiction although based on the real characters...... to be clearly emphasised, the story is an entanglement of different plots, conspiracies, unexpected romantic re
Anand Ganapathy
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ourlibrary
Brilliant .
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
மிகவும சுவாரசியமான கதை களம. எளிய தமிழில வரலாறறை இவவளவு அழகாக இயறறியுளளார. மறற பாகஙகளையும படிகக ஆரவம ஏறபடும படி கதையை மிக நேரததியாக படைததுளளார. ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Even translated this whole series of Ponniyan Selvan gets a 4.5 for plot, odd & diverse character development, and a sense of humor throughout! This is a -- in occidental comparison a chivalrous romance novel a la style de Dumas, but is set in the 10-11th century Southern India and has all the components of court/country intrigue, interior heart plots of vengeance and love, and lush scenery -- novel by Kalki a 20th century master of story telling & reformer of identity for Tamil Nadu &am ...more
Raga Vender
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am one of the lazy kinds that doesn't take the time to rate or review stuff online. However, ponniyin selvan, being what it is made me start typing. There is a special place for this book in everyone's heart after they finish reading it. Though I read the translated version in English and though it's clear that it loses much of its original class it's hard to put this book down once you start. The plot is so awesome it's unimaginable how the great kalki interweaves authentic history with liter ...more
Sindhuja Anbazhagan
My first Tamil book after so many years.. For so many days, I was quite eager to know about what does Ponniyin selvan really has! Finally I got a chance to read the first volume of Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki. This book amazingly describes the kings in 10th century. I just loved this. I am struck by the imagination of kalki. Kalki's language is gorgeous when he describes about people and places. Suspense was built up slowly. Though it was slow at a few places, reading a novel in tamil itself is a v ...more
Roshni Chandrasekar
I cannot read Tamil. I have seen my husband and many others enjoy Ponniyin Selvan. I saw this translation at a friend's place. She recommended it and I bought it immediately. I have owned this series for about 6 years now. I am sure I have read it at least every year. It is a 6 book series. Beautifully translated. My husband and father in law who have read both versions feel that this is comparable to the original. Ofcourse, if you can read Tamil I would highly recommend that you read the origin ...more
Ramakanth Dorai
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic Game of thrones set in the heart land of 10th century Tamil kingdom. Written in 1950s. Thrilling plot, brilliant characters through out. Less sexual depiction (not that it is bad) but more admiration for beauty and the brain of women characters. My first Tamil novel! My love for the language is re-kindled.
Karthikeyan Ravikumar
One hell of a roller coaster rider. Amazing plot development, Old world charm. Magical yet not fantasy. Not preachy but a treasure trove of hidden lessons.
This is the first Tamil book that I have read and is very easy to follow yet a very engaging plot.
Listen to the audio book if you can understand Tamil but can't read the script. Must read for every one.
Can't wait to get to the other volumes.
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