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History Discussion Comment on Balakumaran's Udayar. The novel is very much interesting. Any comment about this novel from anyone? I call a spade spade and am never afraid to stick to my convictions. The reasons i have mentioned many times before and state again - as a writer and an acclaimed writer at that,of historical fiction, you have every right to spin a plot - but then my contention is that this poetic license stops when you deal with real people - people who have lived in flesh and blood.
You have the option to portray an imaginary character in whatever way you want - take Kalki's portrayal of characters in PS - he didn't malign any real character. There is no reason behind the portrayal of the grand old lady - who personal contribution to converting brick temples to stone, would outshine many a king's deeds, who has already been forgotten by the masses, who was glorified with bronze processional images of herself - to be portrayed like a brooding witch, reverting to black magic against arunmozhi varmar in sri BK's work.
Please bear in mind that such powerful writing leaves a lasting impression - there are people who still keep asking for Sivagami n aayanar in ss and nandhini in ps. Dear All I too agree with Mr. Hence I am debating this from the readers point of view.
The plot what he has taken in Udayar is ok but when writting the historical novel, the writter must carefully written which should not damage the originality of the character. He described the murderer are Brahimin community from Kerala. Every one has accepted that Adhithan had done wrong and he has not followed the rules of War and it is a punishable activity.
But he was murdered by Brahmin community what ever the part of the India is not acceptable. You can say it is a different view of BK but not convincing one for the readers. It is not a social novel what ever you imagine. Dear Friends, I am also one of the persons who stopped reading Udayar midway mainly because of the characterization of Sembian Madhevi. This I say, only from my point of view as a historical novel reader. I just couldn't accept her being portrayed as an evil character.
Vijay I was also shocked to read such a negative portrayal of Sembianmadevi and wondered whether he had come across any info in support of his theory. It is a bitter pill and definitely not swallowable. As killers of Karikalan were not only, not punished but allowed to occupy high positions during Uthama's rule for close to ten years was used by him for such portrayal. But Arulmozhi acted swiftly when he had definite proof; he made Uthama to relinquish the throne or face trial and punished all the culprits by seizing their property and wholesale banishment.
As per the novel. His treatment of Sembianmadevi definitely leaves a bad taste. Excepting that, I have found that other characters are treated fairly, though reading through the novel is not a breeze; one has to work hard, and skip many pages. Why Uttama was made to abdicate? As per the novel, he was threatened with exposure and trial by AMV.
Did he step down voluntarily? Will appreciate if you can share any info you have on this transition. I agree with you; portrayal of Sembianmadevi as an evil and scheming woman takes away all the merits of this novel. Dear Friends, Definitely, like others, Bala Sir would have done a comprehensive research before writing this novel. I consider, Udayar is one of the best historical novel written. Basically, you can find the author's touch is present in any novel they wrote.
Had this been written by Chantilyan, perhaps he may have added more Srungara rasam to this subject. Since he has included more Srungara rasam in his historical novels, would you say all Chantilyan novels are not qualified to be historical novels.
For me, Vikraman's Nanthipurathu Nayaki was very boring.. I have read Udayar 7 times more than Ponniyin Selvan which is 5 times and in my view, Bala Sir portrayed Rajaraja as a multi faceted human - a noble king who would seek support from each community to build the temple, as a father who cares for his son, daughter, as a caring husband I think, when reading a historical novel, we should try to understand what was there in the author's mind - only then we can appreciate their writing.
Prasanna, Comments for this view of yours will come later. I would be happy if you remove the complete signature which you have in your mail. I guess only the salary account number and the atm pin are missing.
Jokes apart, our mails are available in the web and so anyone will have access to all your personal information. Please remove the signature when you post to our group. There is a Historic novel by Bala called Nanda vilakku. It is not celebrated as much as Udaiyar and the rest. But in my opinion it is one of his very best.
Dear Gokul sir I am searching for the book. Not available. If you have a copy, please inform me or the publisher address sir. Sundar Krishnan, You have told " Every one has accepted that Adhithan had done wrong and he has not followed the rules of War and it is a punishable activity " Are you referring to displaying the head of veerapandian in pike at the thanjavur fort?
Can you throw some light on it? I have it in India. I will somehow get it to you. For me, Ponniyin Selvan remains the ever consummate Tamil epic. Nandipurathu Nayagi, Udaiyar and Kaaviri Mainthan. I have read them once and to date I do not have the urge to go back to them.
However, I did feel irked by slight marginalization of Raja Rajan in the other novels. In the magnum opus that PS is, I always felt that Raja Rajan was the demigod in the centre of the universe. The others tended to treat him more as as a mortal. PS had a stylized narration with the right mix of history, romance and mystery and a fantastic ending, which leaves one with a yearning for more… and alas, the waiting and yearning continues!!!!
I was in Chennai a couple of months ago and I chanced upon a book shop which had the new version of PS on display. So much, for the love of PS, in a romanticist like me. My personal two cents worth.
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