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“Sivakami! If you agree, I will leave the kingdom to its fate and stay with you. You are more important to me than the kingdom…” Momentous words uttered by Narasimha Varmar, whose political stature has grown considerably after defeating Durvineethan, King of Ganga Nadu, at the historic Battle of Pullalur. But there are more obstacles to overcome. Mahendra Pallavar, after re “Sivakami! If you agree, I will leave the kingdom to its fate and stay with you. You are more important to me than the kingdom…” Momentous words uttered by Narasimha Varmar, whose political stature has grown considerably after defeating Durvineethan, King of Ganga Nadu, at the historic Battle of Pullalur. But there are more obstacles to overcome. Mahendra Pallavar, after restraining the Chalukya forces for nine months at the northern border of the Pallava kingdom, is on his way back to Kanchi and continues to oppose the unsuitable alliance. The Chalukya army is rapidly marching towards Kanchi. Naganandi Adigal along with his coterie of faithful bikshus travels across the length and breadth of South India, enlisting support for Pulikesi. The Pallavas, not to be outdone, have considerably strengthened the Kanchi Fort under the able leadership of Mamallar and the newly appointed commander of the Kanchi Fort, Paranjyothi. Expecting the Chalukyas to lay siege to the Kanchi Fort, food supplies that will sustain the citizens residing within the fort for several months have been accumulated. Kalki Krishnamurthy’s gripping narrative describes the tremendous efforts of the Pallavas to counter the Chalukya invasion and the growing intimacy between Mamallar and Sivakami in the action-packed second volume of ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’. Watch a video trailer of the book at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUKU79...


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“Sivakami! If you agree, I will leave the kingdom to its fate and stay with you. You are more important to me than the kingdom…” Momentous words uttered by Narasimha Varmar, whose political stature has grown considerably after defeating Durvineethan, King of Ganga Nadu, at the historic Battle of Pullalur. But there are more obstacles to overcome. Mahendra Pallavar, after re “Sivakami! If you agree, I will leave the kingdom to its fate and stay with you. You are more important to me than the kingdom…” Momentous words uttered by Narasimha Varmar, whose political stature has grown considerably after defeating Durvineethan, King of Ganga Nadu, at the historic Battle of Pullalur. But there are more obstacles to overcome. Mahendra Pallavar, after restraining the Chalukya forces for nine months at the northern border of the Pallava kingdom, is on his way back to Kanchi and continues to oppose the unsuitable alliance. The Chalukya army is rapidly marching towards Kanchi. Naganandi Adigal along with his coterie of faithful bikshus travels across the length and breadth of South India, enlisting support for Pulikesi. The Pallavas, not to be outdone, have considerably strengthened the Kanchi Fort under the able leadership of Mamallar and the newly appointed commander of the Kanchi Fort, Paranjyothi. Expecting the Chalukyas to lay siege to the Kanchi Fort, food supplies that will sustain the citizens residing within the fort for several months have been accumulated. Kalki Krishnamurthy’s gripping narrative describes the tremendous efforts of the Pallavas to counter the Chalukya invasion and the growing intimacy between Mamallar and Sivakami in the action-packed second volume of ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’. Watch a video trailer of the book at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUKU79...

30 review for Sivakamiyin Sabadham, Volume 2: The Siege of Kanchi

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    Another epic novel. Gripping story as always. Off to Volume 3.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kavitha Sivakumar

    Enjoying my audiobook very much :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madhupria

    Kalki contrasts the relationship of Kamali and Kannabiran to that of Sivakami and Mamallar to illustrate the tumultuous nature of the latter relationship. The insecurity and tangling of emotions and the ensuing drama is engrossing. We also see the flaws/short-comings of many characters including Aayanar, Sivakami, Mamallar and Mahendra Varmar. Mahendra Varmar is on display in this volume. His tactics could be seen as particularly competent, but also seen as cold and calculating because of his la Kalki contrasts the relationship of Kamali and Kannabiran to that of Sivakami and Mamallar to illustrate the tumultuous nature of the latter relationship. The insecurity and tangling of emotions and the ensuing drama is engrossing. We also see the flaws/short-comings of many characters including Aayanar, Sivakami, Mamallar and Mahendra Varmar. Mahendra Varmar is on display in this volume. His tactics could be seen as particularly competent, but also seen as cold and calculating because of his lack of care for the feelings of the people involved. He definitely comes off as an emperor first and a father second. The ruses and strategies to capture his foes and to prepare Kanchi for the impending invasion were quite fascinating. I'd say it's a solid read, if you ignore the fact that there weren't clear explanations/descriptions of how Mahendrar staved off Pulikesi for nine months.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Liked it more than the first. Will be moving to the third one soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirti

    Addictive narration Gripping story amidst glorious Tamizh history. A hidden gem that is an epic no less. Must read for Tamizh lovers

  6. 4 out of 5

    Audrin

    I love Kalki's writing style and each book so far ends with an unexpected twist. Didn't known Tamil historical fiction existed before reading this series, and didn't realize it would be so well crafted. I love Kalki's writing style and each book so far ends with an unexpected twist. Didn't known Tamil historical fiction existed before reading this series, and didn't realize it would be so well crafted.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anitha Ponraj

    தமிழ் வரலாற்று நாவல்கள் விரும்பும் அனைவருக்கும் கல்கியின் புத்தகங்கள் நிச்சயம் ஒரு வரப்பிரசாதம். பொன்னியின் செல்வனில் தான் என் வாசிப்பு பயணம் தொடங்கியது. கல்கியில் அழகிய தமிழ் வார்த்தைகளில் மயங்கி புத்தகங்களினூடே பண்டைய தமிழ் உலகில் லயித்து வாழும் பலரில் நானும் ஒருத்தி. பரஞ்சோதி யாத்திரையில் தொடங்கிய முதல் பாகம் சிற்பம், கலை, நாட்டியம்,காதல், கதைமாந்தர்களை அறிமுகம் செய்தல் எனத் தொடங்கி போர்க்காலத்தை நோக்கி பயணிக்கிறது. காஞ்சி முற்றுகை என்ற இந்த இரண்டாம் பாகம் தளபதி பரஞ்சோதி, மாவீரர் மாமல்லர் போன்ற தமிழ் வரலாற்று நாவல்கள் விரும்பும் அனைவருக்கும் கல்கியின் புத்தகங்கள் நிச்சயம் ஒரு வரப்பிரசாதம். பொன்னியின் செல்வனில் தான் என் வாசிப்பு பயணம் தொடங்கியது. கல்கியில் அழகிய தமிழ் வார்த்தைகளில் மயங்கி புத்தகங்களினூடே பண்டைய தமிழ் உலகில் லயித்து வாழும் பலரில் நானும் ஒருத்தி. பரஞ்சோதி யாத்திரையில் தொடங்கிய முதல் பாகம் சிற்பம், கலை, நாட்டியம்,காதல், கதைமாந்தர்களை அறிமுகம் செய்தல் எனத் தொடங்கி போர்க்காலத்தை நோக்கி பயணிக்கிறது. காஞ்சி முற்றுகை என்ற இந்த இரண்டாம் பாகம் தளபதி பரஞ்சோதி, மாவீரர் மாமல்லர் போன்றவர்களின் வீர பராக்கிமங்களையும், மகேந்திர பல்லவரின் ஆளுமையும் மதிநுட்பத்தையும் பறைசாற்றும் பாகமாகத்திகழ்கின்றது. ஆயரின் கலை ஆர்வம் , சிவகாமியின் நாட்டியத் திறன், புத்தபிஷு நாகநந்தியின் சூழ்ச்சி, அதை முறியடிக்கும் மகேந்திரரின் ராஜதந்திரம் என விருவிருப்பாக செல்கிறது.சோதனைக்குள்ளாக்கப்படும் சிவகாமி மாமல்லரில் காதல் என்னவாகும்? புலிகேசியின் படையெடுப்புக்குத் தயாராகும் காஞ்சியில் நிலை என்னவாகும்? என்ற கேள்விகளோடு முடிவுக்கு வருகிறது இரண்டாம் பாகம். வழக்கம் போல் கண்முன் பண்டைய தமிழகத்தை விவரிக்கும், கவித்துவமான கல்கியின் எழுத்துநடை,விருவிருப்பான கதைக்களம் என அடுத்த பாகத்தை உடனே தொடங்கப் போகிறேன் காத்திருக்கும் கதைத்திருப்பங்களை அறிந்து கொள்ள.

  8. 4 out of 5

    NV

    Volume 2 started with the romance between Narashima Varmar and Sivagami. The romance was so unbearable that I discontinued reading the book. After a while i gave it another try. Wowww. Past this boring romance portion, there was a wonderful story involving espionage elements that was better than even the first part. Gundotharan's character was well crafted. The portion where there was pulalur battle, varagha river geting flooded and subsequent reque were the highlights of this volume. This volum Volume 2 started with the romance between Narashima Varmar and Sivagami. The romance was so unbearable that I discontinued reading the book. After a while i gave it another try. Wowww. Past this boring romance portion, there was a wonderful story involving espionage elements that was better than even the first part. Gundotharan's character was well crafted. The portion where there was pulalur battle, varagha river geting flooded and subsequent reque were the highlights of this volume. This volume ends with the siege of kanchi.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dhanya Jothimani

    Part 2 shows the depth (or rather dual side) of each character especially Sivakami (lives in own world, extremely emotionally volatile), Mamallar (confused between love and war) and Mahendra Varma (Focused on saving Pallava kingdom - adopts strategies ignoring the sentiments/emotions of the people involved). - (Interesting) War strategies of King Mahendra Varma - Description of (contradictory) emotions experienced by a young woman in love - seems to be a distraction from the main story at few pl Part 2 shows the depth (or rather dual side) of each character especially Sivakami (lives in own world, extremely emotionally volatile), Mamallar (confused between love and war) and Mahendra Varma (Focused on saving Pallava kingdom - adopts strategies ignoring the sentiments/emotions of the people involved). - (Interesting) War strategies of King Mahendra Varma - Description of (contradictory) emotions experienced by a young woman in love - seems to be a distraction from the main story at few places - But may be the emotions are captured better in Tamil than in English translation

  10. 4 out of 5

    ARUNKUMAR

    Lively Well-written as if things were happening around, though fictional one can assume all the events that occurred post war were true in those days, thanks that we are in this independent era.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shiva Srinivasan

    Again.. Masterpiece.. Kadhaiye ippo thaan start aaguthu.. Hero of the book again Mahendra Varaman.. Man of Awareness and Intelligent.. great continuation from part 1. Imagination panna vera leval la irukum guys. That's kalki's great Tallent. Can't wait to part 3. Again.. Masterpiece.. Kadhaiye ippo thaan start aaguthu.. Hero of the book again Mahendra Varaman.. Man of Awareness and Intelligent.. great continuation from part 1. Imagination panna vera leval la irukum guys. That's kalki's great Tallent. Can't wait to part 3.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Veera

    Good read Making us eager to read next episodes continuously. Great work by kalki. Very eager to start with reading next part.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rajesh Murugan

    Awesome

  14. 5 out of 5

    Banu chitra

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aravindan C A

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aravind Mangadu Chakkaravarthy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Snehitha Reddy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thashitharan Sathasivam

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lavanya

  20. 5 out of 5

    sundaresan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maneesh M

  22. 4 out of 5

    Padma S

  23. 4 out of 5

    senthilkumar narayanasamy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Akilesh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amutha Vani Kamaraj

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jayanthi Venugopal

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ramakrishnan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sajnikanth Suriyanarayanan

  29. 4 out of 5

    ADHRILINGAM

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rajkumar Selvam

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