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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


Chapter Page 1 A Wedding in Puhar
Madhavi the Dancer
The Journey 24
The Anklet
Kannagi in Madurai 60
The Crystal Pavilion 102
The Story of Chakkaravala Kottam 108
Manimekalais Return 120
Aaputrans Story 122
Aadirai 128
Udayakumaran 137
Notes on some colour plates

Manimekalai another beginning 95

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