Ponniyin Selvan: How I learnt tamizh....!

Topic started by AK (@ sgigate.sgi.com) on Tue Sep 18 04:41:28 .
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Hi Folks,

I have been a silent lurker on this site for quite some time. I have learnt a lot from a lot of very learned people here. Occasionally I have been quite disgusted with all the "casteist" wars going on. Anyhoo, my post is not about that.

I am a tamilian who grew up in the Eastern and Northern parts of India. Although we spoke tamil at home, I never learnt to read and write tamizh. However, once I moved to Tamizh Nadu, my interest in my mother tongue slowly developed. I taught myself how to read tamizh "Yezhutthu Kootti". Then I decided one day that it was rather shameful that I didn't know enough about my language. Purely, to improve my tamizh speed, I started off with Ponniyin Selvan. (I had heard a lot about it of course and Raja Raja Chola was a particular favourite cos we hail from Thanjavur and for some reason or the other, standing in front of the Periya Kovil always gave me goose bumps... the call of the land perhaps?? I have never had that happen to me anywhere else in the world).

ANyway, the going was tough initially, but soon I got caught up in the story.. the characters... and then as my reading speed improved.. i got fully immersed in it. It took me a while, but I managed to finish it a couple of days ago. I must say it is probably one of the best books I have ever read. Amazing writing.. beautifully characterization.

Lets me appreciate the beauty of my mothertongue even more.

Nandri Kalki avargale!


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