Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Parthiban Kanavu - by Kalki

Yet another historical novel from the great writer Kalki. The plot is on the Cholas and Pallavas  - ancient empires of Tamilnadu.

The Cholas are serfs of the Pallavas. The Chola King Parthiban survives with a heart burn of his forefathers lost the glory of Chola dynasty to Pallavas, he always wants to regain the pride of ruling their own land and expresses his dream to his son “Vikaraman”

One day, Parthiban takes his son to a sacred hill temple, leads him in to a dark secret hall in it (No one other than Parthiban has entered or had an idea of what’s there in the hall so far). Young Vikraman was amazed to see that Parthiban has portrayed his dreams as painting all over the hall , the scenes of battles and glories of Cholas.

In the main battle scene, the Royal elephant does not have a rider. Parthiban says that "the hero of Chola dynasty is yet to be. When the hero steps forward to lead the war and frees their land, his image will be drawn onto the Royal Elephant, and Parthiban's dream will be realized".

But, Parthiban dies in battle shortly without seeing his dream come true. And that’s his son Vikraman who got inspired by his father’s dream, wins his mother land from Narasimhavarma Pallava , and become the hero of Parthiban’s dream.

Reading Kalki’s historical novel is such an awesome experience….He takes you to that age, makes you to travel with the characters , feel as you’re living in the story plot.

If you plan to read “Parthiban Kanavu”, I would suggest you to read “Sivagamiyin Sabatham” first. This Novel is almost like a sequel to Sivagamiyin Sabatham, you can relate many characters and incidents between the novels. I am sure, you’ll get an amazing experience when you visit Mahabalipuram next time, after reading these 2 novels.

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