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Ponniyin Selvan English Part 1


Ponniyan Selvan  


Kalki Krishnamurthy 

(Originally in Tamil) 

English Translation by Indra Neelameggham

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Translated 1990 by Indra Neelameggham Salt Lake City, Utah. With much thanks to R.Neelameggham and Elizabeth Ramadorai for editing help. 

Thanks to B. Ganesan [biga] for maintaining the Thodarkathai website 1997 - 2000 Translation Copyright Indra Neelameggham. Permission is granted only for Non-Commercial uses of this etext release by Project Madurai. Others are required to contact the author at R. Neelameggham at 


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Part 1A: New Floods 

(57 Chapters) 

List of Principal Characters 


1 Aadi Festival 

2 Azlvar-adiyan Nambi 

3 Vinnagara Temple 

4 Kadamboor Fort 

5 The Gypsy Dance 

6 Midnight Meeting 

7 Laughter And Hatred 

8 Who Is In The Palanquin? 

9 Wayside Chitchat 

10 The Astrologer of Kudanthai 

11 Sudden Entry 

12 Nandini 

13 The Waxing Moon 

14 A Crocodile On The River Bank 

15 Vanathi's Tricks 

16 Arulmozli Varma 

17 The Horse Galloped 

18 Idumban Kari 

19 Battlefield And Forest 

20 The First Enemy 

21 The Curtains Parted 

22 Velaikara Battalion Of Velirs 

23 Velaikara Battalion Of Velirs 

24 A Cuckoo And A Crow 

25 Inside The Fort 

26 Danger! Danger! 

27 Court Poets 

28 Iron Grip 

29 "Our Guest" 

30 Art Gallery 

31 "Thieves! Thieves!" 

32 Examination 

33 A Beauty Among The Branches 

34 Garden Gazebo 

35 A Sorcerer 

36 "Do You Remember?" 

37 Lions Clashed 

38 Nandini's Sulks 

39 The World Swirled 

40 Dark Mansion 

41 The Vault 

42 "Is This Friendship?" 

43 Pazlayarai 

44 "All Her Doing!" 

45 A Spy Who Committed A Crime 

46 The People Murmur 

47 Mr. Esanya Bhattar Of Pazlayarai 

48 Swirling Pools And Flashing Eyes 

49 Surprise Of Surprises 

50 Paranthaka Infirmary 

51 Mamallai 

52 An Old Man's Wedding 

53 Malayaman's Anger 

54 Venomous Fiend 

55 Nandini's Lover 

56 A Palace Incident 

57 Enchantress

Ponniyin Selvan : Chapter 1 -- Aadi Festival

We welcome our readers to get into the boat of imagination and go sailing down the flood of sourceless, endless time. Let us travel a century for every second and quickly reach the times of a thousand years before the present.

In the southern end of Thirumunaipadi, which lies in between the Thondai Kingdom and the Chozla Kingdom, about two leagues far to the west of Thillai Chittrambalam, (Chidambaram Town) there spreads an ocean-like reservoir. It is known as Veera Narayana Lake. It is about a league and a half long north to south and about half a league wide east to west. Time has twisted its name: for these days the reservoir is known as Veeraanatthu Lake.

In the windy months of Aadi-Aavani (August), when new floods fill the reservoir to almost overflow, anyone who looks at the Veera Narayana lake will surely recall with pride and astonishment the splendid deeds of our ancestors in Tamil Nadu. Did those ancients do things merely for the welfare of themselves and the people of their own times? ... They fulfilled tasks that would benefit thousands of future generations in their sacred motherland.

On the 18th day of the month of Aadi, in the early hours of the evening, a young warrior, mounted on a horse, was riding down the banks of this ocean-like Veera Narayana Lake. He belonged to the Vaanar clan which is famous in the history of the gallant Tamils.

Vallavarayan Vandiya Devan was his name. Having travelled a long distance and being worn and weary, his horse was walking along rather slowly. The young cavalier did not seem concerned about this. The sprawling reservoir had so enchanted his heart!

It was common for rivers of the Chozla Kingdom to run with flood waters touching both banks during the Aadi month festival of Padhinettam Perukku. The lakes fed by these rivers would also be filled to capacity, with waves jostling and colliding upon their embankments. Waters from the river called North Cauvery by the devout, but commonly known as Kollidam, rushed into the Veera Narayana Lake, through the Vadavaru stream and made it a turbulent sea.

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