A masterpiece by Kalki Krishnamurthy, recipient of India’s highest literary honour – the Sahitya Akademi Award, ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’ is a historical Tamil novel set in 7th century South India. The struggle for supremacy between the Chalukya Emperor, Pulikesi II, and the Pallava Emperor, Mahendra Varmar and at a later stage his son, Narasimha Varmar, forms the core of the novel. The story begins with Pulikesi’s unanticipated invasion of the Pallava Kingdom and the ruses Mahendra Varmar employs to safeguard his kingdom and the capital, Kanchi. Mahendra Varmar is handicapped by his ill equipped smaller army which is no match to the larger Chalukya army. Pulikesi’s invasion is not Mahendra Varmar’s sole cause for concern. The impractical yet ardent romance between his only son, Crown Prince Narasimha Varmar and the beautiful and talented danseuse, Sivakami, the daughter of the land’s foremost sculptor, Aayanar, and the fate of Mamallapuram which Mahendra Varmar is in the midst of converting in to a “dream world” filled with exquisite sculptures weigh heavily on him. The scheming Chalukya loyalist Naganandi Bikshu, the young and brave Pallava army commander Paranjyothi, the mysterious Vajrabahu, the passionate sculptor Aayanar and the Pallava spies Shatrugnan and Gundodharan aid in the story’s progression . This intense and unforgettable narrative by Kalki Krishnamurthy plays on the emotions of the readers and concludes with a least expected climax.
Nandini Vijayaraghavan is currently a Director in a multi-national financial services company conducting research on Asia Pacific corporates. Nandini's twin interests are promoting financial literacy and translating Tamil works of literature into English. The Singapore Blue Chips is her maiden initiative in promoting investor awareness.
Nandini's first publication is an English translation of Kalki R Krishnamurthy's Tamil classic, Sivakamiyin Sabadham (Sivakami's Oath). This is a four-volume novel, the book and Kindle versions of which are available on Amazon and Flipkart.
She holds postgraduate degrees in Economics and Finance from Tufts University and London Business School respectively and is a CFA charter holder.