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உடையார் #1 [Udayar] by பாலகுமாரன் (Balakumaran)
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Aug 20, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 18 to August 04, 2015

The plot is set in Rajaraja Chola's period, who has been in power for around 16 years after Uttama chola.

The story revolves around Rajaraja's ambitious and visionary plan to build a big temple for Lord Shiva. The politics,economy and mindset of different sects of people about the temple are clearly explained. The enemies(Ravidasan's kins) conspire to take a revenge on Rajaraja for exiling their family.

Having read ponniyin selvan, one could find distinct differences in the portrayal of some of the characters. For instance, Aditya Karikalan is shown to be more ruthless than in PS. His death is explained from a different vantage point.

Brahmarayar and karuvur thevar are new main characters who were not there in Ponniyin selvan. I wonder how such prominent figures did not feature in PS.

The non linear narration of the events about karikalan, rajaraja's early life, Uttama chola's rule etc, made the story more interesting.

Overall, a good sequel to a great novel.
MUST READ after Ponniyin Selvan.
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06/18/2015 marked as: currently-reading
07/08/2015 page 150
34.0% "Well .. A sequel to Ponniyin selvan by kalki!!. Having read PS and accustomed to its characters, this looks like a different experience. I miss Vandhiathevan! :) . The common denominator in the two novels being Raja Raja Chola, this one is about the threat to his kingdom and his plans to build the Tanjavur big temple. There were also some references to Aditta Karikalan's death.

Interesting so far.."
08/03/2015 marked as: read

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