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Ponniyin Selvan -Manimagudam

(பொன்னியின் செல்வன் #4)

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சொநாடடின மணிமகுடம யாருககு?
மூதத இளவரசர ஆதிதத கரிகாலருககா?
கடைககுடடியான அருளமொழிவரமனுககா?
அலலது சூழசசியில சிககுணடதா?
Paperback, First Edition, 336 pages
Published December 2006 by Kumaran Publishers (first published 1954)
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Madhupria
3.5 stars

The thing that was most interesting about this book was the exploration of the shades of grey of various characters. By far the most intriguing of these were Nandini and Adhitha Karikalar. Adhitha Karikalar is as harsh as he is vulnerable. The more irrational he became, the more sympathy I felt for him. As cruel as Nandini's actions were, given her circumstances, she was justified in her flawed behaviours. The thing I found a bit annoying though was the fact that Azhwarkadiyan happened
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Tamil Isai (தமிழிசை)
Ponniyin selvan story is about Sundara chola’s children Rajaraja Chola,Kunthavi,Athitha karigala. It has 5 parts.written by kalki

In this my favourite is kunthavi. The brave and intelligent woman in this story. And I like vanthiyadevan also. Because i like his travelling, character and everything
Poonkuzhali
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was undoubtedly my favourite so far! Can't believe the extent Nandhini can go at times, she is unbelievable. Vandhiyandhevan at his best as always. Onto the next part! Can't believe the journey is about to end :( ...more
Girish
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Part 4 of the book, for no fault of anybody, is that part that has to focus on the background, history and back-story that is relevant. Hence it has 75% of the story without any of our favorite characters including Ponniyin Selvan and Vandhiyathevan.

The reader is allowed to become impatient since the characters are left at an interesting point and you are to wait for almost an entire book to pick up the story. The part being explained is something that you might have put together along with the
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Gayatri Iyer
Compared to Ponniyin Selvan - The Killer Sword, which was thrilling from start to end, this had a dip in the pace... probably due to characters behaving quite as they were expected to.

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Sindhuja Anbazhagan
The masterpiece of Kalki, the Ponniyin Selvan though being fictitious the plot reveals many interesting stories based on some historic facts and characters. Hence it is imperative to focus on the history behind the fiction.With the expansion of medieval Chozha kingdom founded by Vijayalaya Chozha, the Chozha empire spreads over by capturing the Pallavas and the Kongu kingdom. Later on, his successors (Parantaka I, Aditakarikala alias Aditya II and Rajarajachozha) do elaborate the dynasty with th ...more
Mahathi Ramya
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part 4 of Ponni's beloved is fast-paced. More story is covered in this part and readers get to know the inner intentions of characters. Characterization is always a plus in all the parts of the story.

I like that we get to see more of the deaf and mute woman and learn details about her past. It's good to read more about Crown Prince Aditya and the enchantress Nandini. The story has enough twists and interesting turns. I liked part 1 and Part 4 than other parts. I am eagerly waiting to read the n
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Ashish Iyer
Epic! Epic!

Simply Awesome, fast moving unputdownable book crafted with lovely style of writing.
All characters are set for final book.
Cant wait to start the last part.
Rathi
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manimekalai makes a grand entry. We also get to finally see Aaditta Karikalan. The stage is set for the inevitable tragic end..
Prasanna Sridharan
Cliff hanger, beautifully setup for last part. Particularly like the Tamil transliteration words n some explanations from Ms.Pavithra to be closer to the original text. Waiting for the 5th.
Ayyappan Lakshminarayanan
Plot was okay in this part. But it is not as gripping as other parts
Ramya
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 & Tamils af ...more
Vijay
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another epic piece from Kalki. Since this was nearing the conclusion of the five part series, it raced along from the start to the finish - The number of days covered in the entire book is very few. When the book ends, Kalki has set you up for the climax with a lot of expectation.

In some ways, this was my least favorite of the series so far - Primarily because I love the main character, Vandhiyadevan, and wished to see more of him. His activities occupy very little of this book, so I was a littl
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Senthilprabhu
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I am reading this book, I felt like sitting on a oven. The pressure is getting build up for each and every page. This book is definitely a masterpiece in the series.

When everyone is expecting peace, only Kalki can give such a twist and turn in a most subtle way.
Srikanth R
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read.. Thrilling, gripping and intriguing... Lightning speed... Cant wait to start the last part...
Nsvignesh88
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important book with several twists before the final concluding book. Slow to start with but becomes racy after mid way through. Highly descriptive writing style, similar to the initial books.
Srividhya Sreenivaasan
What a wonderful work. Just waiting to read % th volume... Must read all the works done by KALKI THATHA the Great LEGEND..
Sankar Narayananan
This is an excellent book. people who cannot read tamil has been given an excellent opportunity to know and appreciate the work of Kalki in Ponniyin Selvan
Saravanan Meivel
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic materpiece,but story quite went down on the side of fiction from historical side
Sudeep
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished the Ponniyin Selvan series. Phew! what a series! 2000+ pages 😓about the Chola dynasty. Amazing writing and the story is full of intrigue and mystery. If the translation is this good, I wonder how good the Tamil literature would be. The description of the places is literally so good, I am really hoping to travel to Tanjore and Sri Lanka and the complete route. The character building and the world building is excellent literally makes you time travel. My favourite character is the fl ...more
Shrinath Kannan
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sujan Shanmuganathan
This book that this novel definitely deserves the credit of being magnum opus in Tamil literature. I was addicted to this book of series since it was entertaining, engrossing and styled adeptly glamorizing a variety of suspense and mystery. It reflects the history lively with flavored romanticism and portraying the required virtues of the Chozha Emperors that are to be followed by the leaders of our land at present and in future as well.
Phani Teja
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters of the series continue to be the strongest part of the series. Nandini and Aditya Karikalan are the standout among them. Of course the usual trio- Vandiya deva,Nambi and Poonguzhali continue being the series stars. Ponniyin selvan is absent though. So fans of him might be a tad disappointed with this volume.
Brindha Srinivasan
It is a beautiful novel, on the Chola empire of Tamilnadu. Set in 10th century, in the green lush and beautiful lands of Thanjavu, Kodiyakkarai and Srilanka; this is a wonderfully written story. Has a lot of characters and each sketch is beautiful and perfect. The story line has many twists and turns. Hard to keep it down, once you start reading it.
Arthy Shakthi Bala
This series is simply mind-blowing. I am listening to the audiobook and I'm totally hooked.
I recommend this series to everyone. If you don't know Tamil, please do read the translation! Awesome work by Amarar Kalki.
I can't wait to complete the final book.
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Udaya Chandran
Sep 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it is interesting story line. I find that the characters are having contradictory traits. One time they are portrayed as the bravest and in other time they are shown as timid personalities under different circumstances.
Vel Rahull
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interested
Ganesh
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My love for the characters in this is gonna be never ending!
Shree
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot thickens! I’ve been waiting impatiently to read this volume and alas, the writer decided to put me out of my misery! Awesome translation.
Pavithramala
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its coming to an end.. what will I do after this. What a story... part 4 is the best. I had tears and goosebumps the entire time.
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Kalki (Tamil: கல்கி) was the pen name of R. Krishnamurthy (Tamil: ரா. கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி) (September 9, 1899–December 5, 1954), a noted Tamil writer, film & music critic, Indian independence activist and journalist from Tamil Nadu, India.

Other books in the series

பொன்னியின் செல்வன் (5 books)
  • Ponniyin Selvan - Part 1 (Tamil)
  • பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - சுழற்காற்று
  • பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - கொலை வாள்
  • Ponniyin Selvan - The Pinnacle of Sacrifice, Vol. 1

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