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Parthiban's Dream (English)

Author : Kalki Krishnamurthy, translated by Nirupama Raghavan
Illustrator : N Bindhu Malini

The Chola ruler King Parthiban has a dream . . . he wants to make his empire the most powerful in the region. However, before he can do this, he is killed in battle. His son, Prince Vikraman, is a child at the time, but he carries his father’s dream in his heart. He grows up in the shadow of the burgeoning power of the mighty Pallava ruler Chakravarti Narasimha Varman. How will Vikraman fulfil his father’s wishes? Nirupama Raghavan’s joyous translation and considered abridgment of Parthiban Kanavu carries forward twists and turns of the story with magic and lightness.

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Age 12+
Specifications 256 pages; 8.5" x 5.5"; black and white; soft cover
ISBN 81-8146-054-5
First Published 2004
Tags historical adventure, thriller, story set in the Chola period, kings, fulfilling dreams, Parthiban Kanavu, fathers and sons

The Chola ruler King Parthiban has a dream . . . he wants to make his empire the most powerful in the region. However, before he can do this, he is killed in battle. His son, Prince Vikraman, is a child at the time, but he carries his father’s dream in his heart. He grows up in the shadow of the burgeoning power of the mighty Pallava ruler, Chakravarti Narasimha Varman, also known as Mamalla Pallavan, after whom Mamallapuram is named. How will Vikraman fulfil his father’s wishes?

Suddenly, a mysterious Shivanadiyar, follower of Lord Shiva, begins to enter his life at the most opportune and unexpected moments to help him out of trouble. Who is this man? Why does he help Vikraman? Does Vikraman finally succeed in his quest? And what’s so special about this story that made a 15 year-old sit down and translate it at one shot? Nirupama Raghavan’s joyous translation and considered abridgment of Parthiban Kanavu carries forward twists and turns of the story with magic and lightness.

A book for the reader, who loves history, culture, fiction

The book is not just about history, but is a racy thriller that starts with King Parthiban who dreams of a most powerful Chola empire… There are plots and sub-plots, many a mystery, some history and characters that come alive in a land that is described as lush green, watered by the River Kaveri. Fast plots and simple narratives brought history to the common man in Kalki’s works. A word on the translator, Nirupama Raghavan – a teenager (then) who has done a brilliant job at capturing a tone into simple yet eloquent words. - Shefali Ganesh, Freelance Writer and Bookworm

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Parthiban's Dream (English)

Parthiban's Dream (English)

The Chola ruler King Parthiban has a dream . . . he wants to make his empire the most powerful in the region. However, before he can do this, he is killed in battle. His son, Prince Vikraman, is a child at the time, but he carries his father’s dream in his heart. He grows up in the shadow of the burgeoning power of the mighty Pallava ruler Chakravarti Narasimha Varman. How will Vikraman fulfil his father’s wishes? Nirupama Raghavan’s joyous translation and considered abridgment of Parthiban Kanavu carries forward twists and turns of the story with magic and lightness.

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