Udayar by Balakumaran Book Review Finally, the big fat reading comes to a closure. For the past three months these 6 Volumes of “Udayar”. Balakumaran explained breifly how the assassination was plotted based on Udayargudi inscriptions. 2. Ravithasan (Mastermind in assasination of Adithya. Read Udayar (Novel): Tamil Language, Balakumaran, Ponniyin Selvan book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery on qualified orders.
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Finally, the big fat reading comes to a closure. Raja Raja Chola is claimed to be the greatest of all the Chola Kings and the history portrays him as the matchless warrior, compassionate ruler, fierce lover, passionate shaivite and a great man born with a unique horoscope to succeed in udayxr the dimensions.
Based upon historical facts and references the author describes the then prevalent culture of the Chola Period under Raja Raja to AD which is termed as the golden age of the Tamil Land. The author brilliantly shows, how the Cholas played an important role in shaping up the Tamil culture and the Tamil language, thereby establishing a defined societal structure, enforcing a genuine law and order and flourishing the beliefs on Shaivism on top of Vishnavism and Buddhism.
This is also the time period where the land enjoyed the brilliance of the sculptors, dancers and artists. So keeping the charismatic charm of the great king and his grandeur achievements as the base the author ties up the society and the people in an intricate web with a mix of both facts and fiction. This book brilliantly brings the pros and cons of the caste system, how and why it was formed and how well it can build a society if handled properly and how badly it can thrash down a society if mishandled.
The author claims that all these amazing hands combined together to bring the greatest temple of all times and is proven to exist till the times of the Sun and the Moon. Through out the six volumes we can live through the prominence of each of these classes and understand their culture, food preferences, life styles, body languages, comfort levels, strengths and weaknesses.
The author also explains the science behind the formation of these caste systems and explains why they have to live in a particular life style to succeed in their work. The Plot starts with the arrival of the dancers aka devaradiyars from various Chola provinces, whose primary task is to entertain the Sculptors, Warriors and the thousands and thousands of Slaves.
They are also entitled to pose as the models for the various sculptors and idols that are to be carved for the temple. The Political complexity is explained so beautifully and the role of Ottrars Spies is detailed in a very interesting manner. In between the author narrates the societal pressure of arraying lakhs and lakhs of slaves to do the work inside the Capital, the stringent military system to keep the law and order, the food to feed them, the social uprising in-between the castes and the great changes in the system that this temple construction brings into the lives of Tanjore.
And off course there is an epic narration on the cold war between these castes and how the Kings favouritism with each of these castes plays a huge role in shaping up their attitude and life styles.
As the temple work progresses, Raja Raja charges a historical war on the Western Chalukyas to acquire power, wealth, gold and slaves to empower his temple and prominence. The building of this magnificent temple brings dramatic changes to the life style and great innovations happen like the fast moving chariots, architectural refinements etc.
The 05th book also details on the joint governance between Raja Raja and Rajendra Chola. The 06 th book concludes with the spiralling down of Raja Raja, as his lady love sacrifices herself to protect the King from a vengeful Cheran and his last years and death. So most of the characters that we would encounter were those who did live years ago in our very own Tanjore and was part of this great work.
Woman has literally ruled the kingdom in all the norms when the Kings and men went out on war.
Also the respect given to the devaradiyars and the home makers are also explained in a beautiful manner. A brilliant portrayal of the importance of Artists, Entertainers, Dancers and Musicians. I would say the 04 th book is well written and outstands all the other.
I found it difficult to keep the flow as this book lacked that gel between the various volumes. Nothing pressed to keep it moving. There are n number of story lines that are not finished at all. It started out of nowhere and left out without any further probing. At times a particular story line is explained too much to begin with and thinned down with no conclusion.
The life styles of the various classes of people are balakuaran many times. The achievements of the Kings are repeated multiple times and many more. A bunch of characters are introduced balakkmaran a particular way and as we read they were either left out or portrayed in a completely different way. But no convincing substance to build her up as a very strong character.
The selection of the temple premises is explained plainly. Many were brushed off on a very higher level. There is a big miss in balakuamran architectural front. In a crux this book can be read if you are really curious about Raja Raja and the golden age of Cholas. If not, this will be shelved in the mid-way. To add on this book has enlightened me about the greatest architectures of the provinces of the western Chalukyas and hence added it in my travel list. Like Liked by 1 person.
Its totally biased and faithful towards his caste and beliefs. Though it was tiring to read, once I finished I kind of missed balakujaran 10th century.
Udayar by Balakumaran ( Book Review)
Have you read Gangaikonda Cholan? Any thoughts before I start? Thanks for this detailed review. You have well and truly stoked my curiosity. As a proud Tanjore person though it is regretful that I am yet to visit the place and by extension the Chola empire, I will definitely read all the six volumes. Who has written Gangai Konda Cholan?
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You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Udayar by Balakumaran Book Review Finally, the big fat reading comes to a closure. I found it really difficult to flip through pages. Cheers, Diana Janet Joseph. Thanks for the blog…nicely written. I have plans to start it. Or is it a less known gem?
உடையார், #2 [Udayar] by பாலகுமாரன்
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