I have been reading Ponniyin selvan at a very slow pace enjoying every scene..Needless to say, kalki's style of writing is awesome and Arulmozhi Varmar is unbelievable..
Though Kalki says about his bravery, generosity, unbiased feel to all religious sects and things, I was very much impressed by his aims /thoughts..Man.. he aims so high.. When he (the last kid at home) meets his sister after he comes back from srilanka where he rejected the offer (given by buddhists) to rule sri lanka, he tells her that " Sis, the so called reasons for not taking up srilanka to rule like 'It would be bad if i take up srilanka when my elders are alive/ruling' or 'it would create problem between buddhist groups etc' are not the main ones.. I wish to tell you the real one.. the land is not that big. I can come across in horse very soon. ". And she says' even our chola kingdom is not that big', he says ' yeh , if i really have to take up ruling a country, i would want to establish and rule a vast empire in South India and get good support from all the people". Man... he says ' when his ( presently) small chola kingdom had severe political instability. He aimed so high inspite of alll problems.. such a positive nature!!!!
And he did it!!! - this man later called as Raja Raja Chola achieved far beyond!! He did everything great and special...He has built hundreds of temples esp. the monumental tanjore temple. He has had a vast empire in South India which no body else could do (South india had always had many small kingdoms ). Above all, he has won the hearts of all people, even whose kingdom had been conquered by him
Unbelievable... He should be our inspiration !!!
Read this article!! http://www.thebigtemple.com/emperor_rajaraja.html
Even if dont have time to read or know abt Raja raja cholan, please take time to see the 52 min clipping in desikan's webpage. Its a documentary (in english) on South indian temples esp. abt Raja rajan!!
Chance illa!! Speechless after watching this!!!