I am one sundeli reading this Maha book “Ponniyin Selvan”.This is not a review, just my thoughts.
I have finished Part 1 and started Part 2 and I am loving each and every bit of this book. What a style and how detailed the description is on everything! I am amazed. My imagination power increases manifold while reading this book for two reasons
1. I am reading it in my mother tongue – Tamizh
2.Everything is so detailed and described in a simple but a beautiful way.
The way Kalki has described Kaveri , kollidam, the forest in the river banks, the sea shore in kodikkarai and the jungle in the shore, the ups and downs in the jungle, the bushes and its shadow everything is so clear that everytime I close this book(as soon as I reach office) it takes me few seconds to come back to the current world.I wish I were born in that period where there was a doubt whether Kaveri is a river or a sea! Appaa! Really , was there so much water? I have crossed kollidam and other rivers so many times.And I have seen a little stream of water in that huge river and most part of the river will be filled with soft, dry, light yellow sand. Even that little stream of water would give me so much joy. These days if you go you won’t even find that sand!! Forget water!
Another beauty is the Palaces. The Palaces in Thanjavur , Pazhaiyarai are so beautiful in my imagination. I feel like I too have travelled with Vandiyathevan (the hero) on the riverbanks, into the jungle , through the secret tunnel, in the dark palace . I have reached Lanka now in a small boat with Poonguzhali 😀 .
In the first part my favorite characters were : the hero Vandiyathevan and Azhvarkadiyan. As soon as I started second part, my current favorite has become Poonguzhali :D. I loved the conversation between Poonguzhali and Vandiyathevan 🙂
So far I have read about 4 women in this book. All 4 are young, very very beautiful but each one is different. One is brave, one is soft, one is very energetic and one is cunning . Again I loved the description of each of these characters. So clear !
In short , the way it is written you will even fall in love with a crocodile !