Maṇimēkalai

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Orient Blackswan, 1996 - Epic poetry, Tamil - 182 pages
This book is a rendering in English of the Tamil epics Silappadikaram and Manimekalai written by renowned Tamil poets. Silappadikaram is the story of Kovalan and Kannagi and of how Kannagi avenges the wrong done to her husband. Manimekalai is meant to be a sequel to Silappadikaram, being the story of Kovalan s daughter s renunciation. There are strong spiritual undertones in the story that give an insight into the religious influence of those times. The illustrations are by A V Illango who is a well-known name in the Indian art scene. His areas of interest are Tamil folklore and the mythology and temple architecture of Tamil Nadu.
 

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Its a not so good story, but the book is awesomely well made , the paper quality and the colour plates in almost every alternate page are phenomenal and also the story might be liked by you although i did not like the story

Contents

Silappadikaram
16
A Wedding in Puhar
18
Madhavi the Dancer
21
The Journey
24
The Anklet
41
Kannagi in Madurai 6 Cheran Senguttuvans Expedition
76
Interlude
91
Manimekalai
92
Udayakumaran
137
Manimekalais Mission
141
The Tragedy
143
Aftermath
148
Manimekalai and the Chola Queen
153
Manimekalai Leaves Puhar
156
Puniyarajans Pilgrimage
160
The Pattini Goddess of Vanji 166
169

Manimekalai another beginning
95
The Gardens of Uvavana
98
The Crystal Pavilion
103
The Story of Chakkaravala Kottam 5 A Night of Many Dreams 6 Manipallavam
114
Manimekalais Return
120
Aaputrans Story
122
Aadirai
128
Aadirais Story 11 Kayachandikai
129
The Famine at Kanchi
171
The Last Journey
175
Afterword
177
Notes on some colour plates
183
Notes on some chapter symbols
184
Glossary
185
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