Archive for October 2008

uthama chola and sendan amudhan

October 16, 2008

a novel that was read and re read over half a century develops a aura around itself and along with it arise many pet theories

kalki was not a history writer. he was a writer of fiction. he asserted his right by  making a flower boy the real heir to the throne. it was often considered his masterpiece so reminescent of his favourite french authors. the true heir hidden amongst the masses by a quirk of fate.

it was widely beleived that Initially Senthan Amudhan was not intended to be converted to Mathuranthaka by Kalki. The reasons for this sudden change of mind on Kalki’s side is explained by  somebody who was close enough to have observed it.
Kalki’s son Mr.Rajendran narrated the exact incident as wrote:
One day Kalki was doing Yogasana, every morning he had the habit of doing that. (Remember that Yogacharya Sundaram’s widely acclaimed series on Yoga featured as a series in Kalki in those days.) And it was boy Rajendran’s duty, every day to count numbers for his father when he was doing Sirasasanam, a posture of standing upside down!

On the given day after recovering from asana posture Kalki suddenly asked the boy : Senthan Amudhan|Senthan AmudhanayeRaja Aakki vittal enna ? (Why not make Sendhan Amudhan a king ?)

could this be true.???????

kalki in ponniyin selvan never wrote about a needless charecter. each had its role to play.

here are some likely evidences that point otherwise.

A M U TH- A is an anagram of  U- TH- A -M A

pungkuzhali always insists she will marry an emperor only. none but kalki knew that senthan amudhan would succeed in marrying her at the end.

the favourite song that amudhan sings is about the mazhapaadi temple- ponnaar meniyanE…..  a temple of mathuranthaka’s maternal kingdom malpaadi. a temple that is always associated with uthama sola.

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Solomon sketches for “Thillaiyil oru ……

October 10, 2008

Solomon Vedamuthu is a well known architect of Chennai.

one who beleives an architect should be a person who does other things than just buildings.

his foremost achievement is training hundreds of school finalists to get into architectural colleges.

his lectures on perspectives and vanishing points are flavoured liberally with dollops of motivational  materiel and self improvement tactics.

solomon is also a wonderful artist .

i was lucky to get him draw three sketches for the novel  THILLAIYIL ORU KOLLAIKKAARAN

one of them- the palanquin bearers is a masterpiece.

A kingdom around Kailash

October 6, 2008

Kailash- the abode of lord Shiva. when we think of the locale the pictures of windswept valleys, and ice laden mountains devoid of any life comes to our minds.

But was it always so?

our legends speak of thousands of butha kanangal serving the gods at Kailash.

recent photographic evidence  from the pilgrims who are performing the inner parikram- the short route just touching the holy hill indicates ajantha ellora shaped caves on the hill itself.

does climate change have something to do about it.

evidences are cropping up of a large scale kingdom flourishing for a thousand years around mount kailash till they were destroyed by a ladakhi army.

a kingdom seemingly straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.

european travellers of the 17th century talk of paddy fields and a cultured civilisation.

it was the Kingdom of Guge.

what have the archeologists found at Guge?.

A  massive mountaintop fortress with lavishly painted interiors, surrounded by soft clay cliffs peppered with hundreds of frescoed caves pockmarking the areas that surround the 900-foot-high citadel.

A succession independent semi-feudal states , the most notable being the Kingdom of Gu-ge on the banks of the Sutlej river immediately north of the main Himalaya ruled the area.
Founded in the 9th century Gu-ge was the political and cultural focus for all western Tibet. Sited on a minor trade route linking Tibet with Kashmir and India the twin towns of Tholing and Tsaparang it thrived until the 17th century when invading forces overcame the defenses and massacred the population.

From the 1680s until the early 20th Century the region was largely deserted, with its great history and cultural treasures forgotten and undisturbed.

Guge remains historically important as the repository of an otherwise vanished artistic style and the source from which an invigorated Buddhist faith spread its light over Tibet.