Vengaiyin Maindhan – Akilan
In this novel, Akilan gives insight about the life and achievement of the great Rajendra Chola. Rajendra Cholan is the son of Rajaraja Cholan and his period can be referred as the height of Tamil empire in art, literature and administration. He captured many geographies including Indonesia (Kadaaram), Srilanka, Malaysia, southern and eastern coastal parts of India. He lived around 1010 AD and his dynasty had many business relationships with foreign countries. This novel depicts his victory over Kadaaram and the building of new city Gangai konda Cholapuram upon his victory over northern part of India. The newly built temple and the city internally had so many architectural designs for war-time and peace activities. Along conquering the nations, Rajendra Chola conquered the hearts of beautiful girls Arulmozhi and Rohini. Their love and affection was depicted in simple words by Akilan. The hero of Ponniyin Selvan novel, the one and only Vandhiya Thevan will appear in this novel as elder character, who guides Rajendra Cholan in war and administration. So the die-hard fans of Ponniyin Selvan (like me) will get more affinity towards him by reading this story. Because of the narration and depiction of historic facts during Chola period using proper language, there is no wonder this novel received the Sakithya Academy Award from Government of India.