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Aadi Perukku – The New Beginning

The period was the 10th century and the country was the Chozha country (corresponding to the Cuddalore district of the State of Tamilnadu in India) and waterbody is the Veeranarayana lake. The occasion was Aadi 18. The above is the english translation of the opening chapter of the Tamil historical novel, Ponniyin Selvan. Aadi 18 is the occasion when the water bodies of Tamilnadu in India fill up, signifying the new beginning for the Tamilians that year. It is very apt that Kalki Krishnamurthy, the author of Ponniyin Selvan, kept it as the first chapter, Fresh Floods (Puthu Vellam – புது வெள்ளம்)

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