Kalki's Parthiban Kanavu - Dream of Parthiban

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Kalki s Parthiban Kanavu Dream of Parthiban am Book My suggestion is first read sivagamiyin sabatham then read this novel It just a sequel to that novel and pre sequel to

Kalki's Parthiban Kanavu - Dream of Parthiban am Book My suggestion is first read "sivagamiyin sabatham" then read this novel. It just a sequel to that novel and pre-sequel to "ponniyin selvan". But i read these books in reverse order. Still i enjoyed it.Parthiban Kanavu brings to life the glory of Tamil civilization. The description of the events cuts across both royal life style and the life style of the common man. The book is really awesome and very very delighting. There are very decent twist and turns you can enjoy reading till end.The pace in which the story travels is fantastic. Get ready to be transported to the Pallava/ Chola era. Walk the streets of Mamallapuram, get drenched in the rains of the forests, travel on the boats across Cauvery, and see the statesmanship of the Kings. Betrayal, love, suspense, dedication, intelligence, bravery.Its quite amazing how the author weaves his characters- true and fiction. I can't stop pondering over the fact that today we have such popular novels like lord of the rings, harry potter and game of thrones and amazing on screen adaptations of these too. I imagine how grand it would be if someone got Kalki's writings on screen. Such an enchanting story entwined with real history would be a delight to see on screen!. This book is the first of trilogy, which covers the reign of Narasimha Pallavan Narasimhavarman The narrative revolves around the struggle of the Pallava Emperor to enhance the prestige of the Pallava dynasty flag.Known for his patronage of the arts, Narasimha Pallavan took great interest in creating the remarkable shore town of Mamallapuram, with its famous Shore templeThis book is the first of trilogy, which covers the reign of Narasimha Pallavan Narasimhavarman The narrative revolves around the struggle of the Pallava Emperor to enhance the prestige of the Pallava dynasty flag.Known for his patronage of the arts, Narasimha Pallavan took great interest in creating the remarkable shore town of Mamallapuram, with its famous Shore temple and the monolithic Rathas He restored to Hinduism its elements of love and compassion He succeeded in wiping out the extremist cult of Saivism, which believed in human sacrifice In Parthiban Kanavu these historic facts are woven around a remarkable narrative, filled with thrill, suspense and romance.Paarthiban Kanavu deals with the attempts of the son of fictional Chola king Parthiban, Vikraman, to attain independence from the Pallava ruler, Narasimhavarman.. A viral Book Kalki's Parthiban Kanavu - Dream of Parthiban I technically have the ability to read Tamil.But even on my best days,i don't think i could manage a page of Tamil prose without making my brain go bonkers.Obviously, i am not proud of this as Tamil is my mother tongue and I have studied it as my second language for a decent period of time.My reading habit started courtesy random books available at home. It is a little surprising that i have to slave over a passage of Tamil when both my parents read quite a bit of Tamil literature and we had tonnes to Tamil novels at home.I had bought an English translation of "Parthiban's Kanavu",a very famous Tamil historical novel sometime last year and promptly forgot about it.A few days back, i decided to read something different and picked up the book.I must say the book has opened several doors for me.For one,i realized that translations and transliterations cannot do complete justice to the original.The lushness of words and the original import gets lost often times.Coming back to Parthiban's dream, the Tamil version was translated by a 15 year old girl,Nirupama Raghavan.Commendable effort,i must say.The translation is not lucious enough when it comes to the choice of words,but despite the simplistic writing,the plot keeps you immersed in it at all times.Parthiban is a Chola king.His empire is heavily marginalized with the Pandiyas,Cheras and Pallavas pressing into his territory from all directions.Pallava ruler,Mamalla Narasimha Chakravarti is the most dominant king in the southern lands and makes all other rulers pay tax to him.Parthiban refuses to pay up and decides to go into a war against the Chakravarti ,knowing very well that his troops are nowhere comparable to the Pallava army.Before marching into the battle ground,Parthiban unveils his dream(Chola kingdom becoming the strongest in the region) to his son ,Vikraman.Vikraman is but a boy at his stage ,but decides to make his father's dream a reality. Parthiban goes into war and gets killed.However,before he dies ,a Shivanadiyar(Shaivite devotee) promises to help Vikraman realise his father's goal.The rest of the story is about how Vikraman realises Parthiban's dream.He is aided in his quest by several people like Ponna,a boatman,his wife,Valli ,Siruthondar and the mystery Shivanadiyar.Vikrama has a love interest as well-Kuntavi,who is the daughter of the Chakravarti.And a bunch of villains to foil Vikraman's resolve.The main supense aspect is "supposed"to be the identity of Shivanadiyar.However,the narrative gives you enough clues early on to figure out who he is.So that is not exactly too surprising when at the end of 250 pages the Shivanadiyar reveals himself. I have no clue whether the subtelity got lost in the translation or whether Kalki's work is liberal with the clues too.Its a highly entertaining read that rarely sags and almost every page has something wild and racy happening.People who like stories of kings and conquests will definitely like this.I am a history junkie,so i am not really surprised that i liked the book despite the very ordinary language.But one can't deny the fact that the abridged translation is neat and edited tautly.Overall good read.
Parthiban Kanavu Dream of Parthiban by Kalki The first of the trilogy of Kalki s historical magnum opuses, Parthiban Kanavu boasts the richness of the Tamil Nadu and its people during the reign of Chola and Pallava dynasties Written in a simple and lucid style without compromising the parlance of the language, this book is the best starter for anyone new to Tamil historical fictions. Parthiban Kanavu Tamil Edition Krishnamurthy, Kalki R Sep , Parthiban Kanavu Parthiban s dream is a famous Tamil novel written by Kalki Krishnamurthy This novel deals with the attempts of the son of Chola king Parthiban, Vikraman, to attain independence from the Pallava ruler, Narasimhavarman The Parthiban Kanavu Kalki s Parthiban Kanavu English translation Sep , Parthiban Kanavu translation Parthiban s Dream was the first of Kalki Krishnamurthy s historical novels. Parthiban Kanavu Tamil Edition Kalki Jan , Partiban kanavu is the true oneline story about how chola king parthiban s dream becomes true by his son when pallava dynasty is stronger While reading this novel definitely you will feel like living in pallava and chola dynasty Prem Kumar, works at IGATE Kalki s Parthiban Kanavu English translation Book Jun , Parthiban Kanavu translation Parthiban s Dream was the first of Kalki Krishnamurthy s historical novels.

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    Kalki Tamil was the pen name of R Krishnamurthy Tamil September 9, 1899 December 5, 1954 , a noted Tamil writer, film music critic, Indian independence activist and journalist from Tamil Nadu, India.

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  • My suggestion is first read sivagamiyin sabatham then read this novel It just a sequel to that novel and pre sequel to ponniyin selvan But i read these books in reverse order Still i enjoyed it.Parthiban Kanavu brings to life the glory of Tamil civilization The description of the events cuts across both royal life style and the life style of the common man The book is really awesome and very very delighting There are very decent twist and turns you can enjoy reading till end.The pace in which th [...]


  • I technically have the ability to read Tamil.But even on my best days,i don t think i could manage a page of Tamil prose without making my brain go bonkers.Obviously, i am not proud of this as Tamil is my mother tongue and I have studied it as my second language for a decent period of time.My reading habit started courtesy random books available at home It is a little surprising that i have to slave over a passage of Tamil when both my parents read quite a bit of Tamil literature and we had tonn [...]



  • This the sequel to Sivagamiyin Sabatham, the book is short compared to Sivagamiyin Sabatham and Ponniyin Selvan Parthiban is Chola King who is paying tax to Pallava empire When Narasimha Varman went to war with Pulikesi, Chola king stopped to pay taxes Narasimha Varman successful return after defeating Pulikesi he summons the Chola king to pay the taxes But Parthiban who knows his army is not match to Pallavas ask them to wage war He takes his son Vikraman to his secret room and shows his dreams [...]


  • Intrigue, suspense, romance, valor, courage, villainy, revenge, envy, loyalty, all showcased within a intricate story filled with unexpected twists and turns makes this an excellent historical romance, told with all of Kalki s trademark ability Perhaps that a fuller and measured treatment of the story a la Ponniyin Selvan would have been satisfyingbut then again, you can t have everything A gripping page turner


  • Oh such an exciting sequel of Sivagamiyin Sabatham Time just flies in Kalki s novel You travel with the characters for year, you see their birth, their childhood, their adolescent, their love, their entire life as if it is your own I can t define by words I feel proud to be a tamizhian, born on the same land these great people have lived RESPECT.LOVE.


  • The story of Patriotism, love and sacrifice Parthiban Kanavu is the book every Tamilian should read and to get a glimpse of our glory,our history should be reminded to the people and Amarar Kalki does exactly that Reading this novel has been a spine chilling experience for me.This novel deals with the attempts of Vikraman,son of Chola king Parthiban, to attain independence from the Pallava ruler, Narasimhavarman.The Cholas remain vassals of the Pallavas Parthiban conveys his dream of the Chola d [...]


  • Many thanks to Kalki for bringing me the habit of reading books When I was pursuing my Master s degree 2003 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 ha [...]


  • The first of the trilogy of Kalki s historical magnum opuses, Parthiban Kanavu boasts the richness of the Tamil Nadu and its people during the reign of Chola and Pallava dynasties Written in a simple and lucid style without compromising the parlance of the language, this book is the best starter for anyone new to Tamil historical fictions Though the story is simple, Kalki has interwoven the plot with everything the reader can dream for beauty, harmony, gallantry, romance, satire, shock, horror, [...]


  • I have to say I was disappointed with this novel Its nowhere close to its previous part Sivakamiyin Sabatham which was a brilliant masterpiece The main protagonist of this novel Vikraman has absolutely no clue of what he is doing, let it be his ambition to accomplish his father s dream or his lady love.But the suspense of who the main character of the novel will make you tread slowly The last 50 pages leaves you somewhat satisfied as there is action and twists involved One thing is for sure By [...]


  • I m going to be generous with my stars here and give this one 5 shining stars But that doesn t mean it isn t good It is Just not Kalki s best Still it is one of the better historical novels you can find in tamil It is not long or as well written as his other two masterpieces and I remember finishing it in hours I have a definite soft spot for it since it is the first ever novel I read Before that I just stuck with newspapers, magazines, etc I should thank my dad for introducing me into the wonde [...]


  • well penned Tamil classic by kalki The characterisation was too good The flow of story seems to be guessing but with that mystery saivite monk thrill and suspense has been cleverly maintained by author The pace of the story is as good as watching a movie we can t time travel but if want to meet pallava and chola kings one can travel in parthiban kanavu so overall PARTHIBAN KANAVU parthiban kanavilirundhu meezhvadhu sulabam allahan thaakam vazhnaal muzhuvadhum thodarum


  • This book gave me a new experienceYes this is the of any stuff that i read in my own native language TAMIL I take pride of my self that I successfully started my first book in TamilA sense of pride flows through my veins to say myself TAMIZAN.ABOUT THE AUTHOR I have already heared some great things about AMARAR KALKI.I used to see many great people whom I Inspire took Kalki as InspirationAfter reading this book I came to know the reason


  • Great to know this history with non fictional incidents and characters This is will the great book if any read this before Ponniyin Selvan If you get into this after PS, you will feel very normal as this won t fascinate in wy as PS did Strictly IMO As a whole, Worth the read


  • Good historical novel to read It will be best, when you take it after reading Sivagamiyin sabatham This is or less like a sequel to Sivagamiyin Sabatham Definitely we ll get inspired to visit Mahabalipuram after reading this combo


  • A sequel to Sivagamiyin Sabadham However I finished this earlier Now the urge to visit mahabalipuram is even stronger Vikrama chozhan s love for Kundavi has been crafted very beautifully A must read



  • The author did not hurt both pallavas and chozhas A fairy tale ending perhaps Good but I would have been interested if it had had some bitter truths, when you plot for a throne.


  • Parthiban Kanavu PK is a fast paced thriller right from the beginning to end I had read this earlier in 2001 or 2002 And, forgot most of the plot by now when I started reading It can be considered as a sequel to the Sivakamiyin Sabadham SS The heros of SS Narasimha Pallavan and Paranjothi Siruthondar play important roles here in PK as well.The story revolves around Vikrama Cholan, Narasimha Pallavan, his daughter Kundavi, Marappan Vikraman s uncle , a rower family on the banks of cauvery Ponnan [...]


  • Parthiban Kanavu is that book that you start reading as a classic and find a masala movie in it My first tamil read in sometime and was suitably rewarded for sticking to my long pending list of authors i wanted to read.The book narrates the story of the mighty Pallava king Narasimhavarman and the story of Vikraman, son of Parthiban the brave hearted Chozha king Reduced to a Vassal kingdom, the chozha king Parthiban refuses to pay tax to Pallavas and dies bravely His dream of establishing an inde [...]


  • The tamil historical novel by Kalki Krishnamoorthy tells about the love between estranged Chola prince Vikraman with Pallava princes and daughter of Narasimhavarma Pallva, Kundhavi Vikraman s father Parthiban, a heir of the almost extinct Chola empire is defeated in the war by Narasimha varma In his death bed, he requests a saivite monk to take care of his young son and guide him to recover the lost fame and rule The monk in disguise is non other than the Emperor Narasimha varma The rest of the [...]



  • The book which is a sequel to Sivakamiyin Sabatham is a nice historical work by Kalki The story is awesome with historical background The portrait of Pallava King and his ruling is excellent The context in which Paranjothi used is unpredictable.The story gives us the information about the kingdom with its bravery and the villains mingled with Kabalikas.


  • The novel is good.But, the narrative is very similar to Ponniyin Selvan The set up is a different time in history but you cannot help notice the similarities between PS PK.The story is aligned with history to the maximum Instead of reading history books, kids can be given such books to make TAMIL history attractiveVery good novel with racy script A GOOD ONE from Kalki.


  • This is one amazing novel in tamil.It is short , historic and romantic.The historic accounts mentioned in this book is true.One actually gets to know the history of Tamil Nadu through Kalki s work awesome book Maybe I am biased about the book because I am a Tamil as well.But this book is really a good work.


  • This is absolute awesome book.It has love, responsibility and adventure.Thanks to Kalki for the happy endingAwesome king and her daughtersurprisingly I like some characters Valli , her grand father and kullanKullan is very interesting charTotally complete package


  • A novel talks about King Narasimha Varman who flourished at South India and his courage This story happend at nearly 7th century Point is during his reign Pallava dynasty was at its heights.But none of us had known what would happen after 300 Years The rise of king Raja Raja Cholan


  • I read this novel immediately after finishing Sivagamiyin Sabatham just like Ponniyin Selvan this novel also about Chozha dynasty Most of the characters in Sivagamiyin Sabatham used in this novel as well One can get similar thrill of Sivagamiyin Sabatham by reading both back to back.


  • I m glad that I read this book after completing Sivagamyun Sabatham I missed Narasimha Varman than anything I am happy to read about cholas after long time.This book is must read for the lovers of Sivagamyun Sabatham.Kalki never fails to amuse me.


  • Very Good narration.Hope kalki got the inspiration to wrote ponniyin selvan from this novel but we are able to find the mystery character very easily Still this is very good book to read Read before ponniyin selvan.


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