Sep 4, 2020
I was awestruck by the plot of the story. I only read the historical fiction of Kalki's work. This short novel "Solaimalai Ilavarasi" had two stories spanning 100 years, both the stories are interconnected. The characters Ulaganatha Devar, Manickavalli, King of Solaimalai, Kumaralingam, Ponamma, and the father of Ponamma are one and the same.
Ulaganatha Devar rises up to fight the British in the 18th century and Kumaralingam is a freedom fighter in the 19th century. Ulaganatha Devar the Prince and later the King of Maranenthal country dies in the hands of the British. The same story repeats and Kumaralingam believes that the story will end like Ulaganatha Devar. Is the story ends like that?
A wonderful story, written by Kalki.
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Jul 18, 2020
There are some differences between the movie and the book. Most of the gadgets and jokes are missing in the book, character names changed, such as Karl Stromberg as Sigmund Stromberg. SMERSH attacking James Bond, which scenario removed from the movie.
The author Christopher Wood's book follows the plot of the movie and also the author added descriptive backstory for the two main characters Jaws and Stromberg. Christopher Wood pulled out some of the cinematic moments such as Lotus Esprit car chasing scene, fight scene with Jaws on the train, water scooter in the climax, and have replaced with a darker and more realistic tone for the novel.
Jun 29, 2020
The book elucidates how the temple was constructed amidst the obstacles created by his nemesis the Pandyas and Cheras.
In the first part, the king Rajaraja Chola expresses his wish to construct the biggest temple. His prime minister Bhramarayar and his spiritual mentor Karuvurar help advise him in selecting the place and time for initiating the construction. The book acquaints us how the people of Tamil Nadu lived in the medieval period. The characters are mostly true and some of them were added for the entertainment value.
Eagerly waiting to read the 2nd part of the novel.