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The Prince Who Became a Monk and Other Stories from Tamil Literature
M.L. Thangappa

Classification : OTHERS
Pub Date : Jun 15, 2016
Imprint : HACHETTE INDIA CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Page Extent : 120
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789351951131
Price : 250

About the book

"A time of kings and poets..."

Athiyaman, a hardened warrior, fearsome to his enemies and magnanimous to those he favoured. Kumanan, a king so benevolent that he was even willing to sacrifice his own life for another. The poet Pisiraandaiyar, who joined his royal friend Kopperuncholan in the best – and worst times. And Avvaiyar, a venerable woman poet, respected by rulers and subjects alike. A colourful and grand cast of characters come together in The Prince Who Became a Monk and Other Stories from Tamil Literature. Selected and translated by Sahitya Akademi award-winner M.L. Thangappa, the stories in this volume were originally poems written by famed Tamil poets belonging to a time when kings and poets equalled each other in authority and respect, and when valour and talent were considered the greatest virtues. These tales celebrate family, friendships and bonds that survive the tests of distance and time, and bring to the fore characters who depict faith, humility and kindness. Through delicately woven imagery and subtly imparted wisdom, this collection of more than 35 stories brings alive an era of glory and the poets who immortalised it through their words.


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M.L. Thangappa
M.L. Thangappa (1934) was born in Kurumbalapperi, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. Educated at St. John's College, Palayamkottai, he taught Tamil for over twenty-five years in the various colleges of...(+)