Winners of the Book Giveaway Contest

Welcome to my blog ‘Literature in Translation’ (, a blog that aims to provide readers English translation of Indian literature. My maiden offering is an English translation of the Tamil classic; Kalki Krishnamurthy’s (September 9, 1899–December 5, 1954) historical novel – Sivakamiyin Sabadham (Sivakami’s Oath).

February 15 2014

Announcing the Winners of the Book Giveaway Contest

Dear all,

The winners of the Book Giveaway Contest are Madhumathy Mahesan, Saiswaroopa Iyer, Vikas Pratap Singh, Sandy C, Meera Annamalai, Subramanian Ramajayam and Sai Aishwarya. I will be e-mail you for your mailing addresses and volume preferences.

Thank you everyone for your participation.

Warm regards,




  • Maha
    January 24, 2012 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    Nandini.. you are a genius!


  • Sinduja
    January 25, 2012 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    Wow, wonder how you managed to find the time- will definitely read this

  • S G Subramanian
    January 26, 2012 - 6:39 am | Permalink


    It is a stupendous effort indeed. Congratualtions.

    I hold Kalki in highest esteem as the greatest Tamil writer for his master pieces of Historicals, Short stories with powerful social impact (eg. “Kedariyin Thayar” – I rate them on par with Sharad Chandra), essays with lot of humour (eg. “Tirumayilai Vadapureeshwarar”), music criticisms etc.

    This historical was finished as a serial before I was born, but I read it absorbingly as a school boy in our village panchayat library in book form.

    Even as a student I was intrigued by the defeat of Harshavardhana the mighty emperor at the hands of Deccan king Pulakesi II who in turn was humbled by still smaller king Mahendra Pallava! He wove a beautifully absorbing story taking us back to those days. As a boy I have read & reread some chapters many times such as his encounter with Paranjothi the innocent messenger, disguised as Vajra Bahu and particularly their jointly disposing of an attack by a group, Mayursimha’s story etc which are still green in my memory.

    While Mami and I studied in Tamil medium & hence could derive the benefit of reading such great works in original, I am sorry all our 3 children could not be so fortunate as they studied in Mumbai. But I am glad that such painstaking efforts by people like you through translations would compensate for it in providing an opportunity to get to know such things.

    We will also read the English version and get back.

    With best wishes,


  • sujatha.s
    January 26, 2012 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    wow my daughter would love to read this. she does not know tamizh.but loves to read a lot.

  • Kirsten
    February 5, 2012 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    Nandini – this is amazing! When on earth do you find the time. You have provided access to a piece of literature which was previously inaccessible for me and I thank you for that! I am also very much looking forward to reading it!

  • Anand
    March 4, 2012 - 6:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks nandini . I have heard stories of Sivakamiyin sabadham as a child from my mother, but could not read the novel since I didn’t know to read Tamil. Thanks for translating it to English.

  • Roshni Chandrasekar
    November 6, 2012 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Hello Madam,

    Came to know this link just today as I was looking for Sivakaminyin Sabadam. My tamil is not very strong. But I am a big big fan of Ponniyin Selvan. Have read and re read the english translation many times. I was looking for Sivakaminyin Sabadam for years and found this today. Are the books available in bookstores in India? Has all the 4 parts been published?

    Want to say thank you for all the effort you have put in… Will be a great blessing for ppl like me who want to enjoy Tamil literature. My next biggest dream is to read Silapathikaram (ofcourse in english).. may be one day my tamil will be good enough for me to read all these in Tamil itself

    Thanks for the time to reply.
    Roshni Chandrasekar

  • Srikumar
    December 16, 2012 - 6:00 am | Permalink

    Dear Nandhini,
    I am happy to hear the news. May work continue to benefit the society.

  • cavya m
    May 13, 2013 - 3:05 pm | Permalink


  • cavya m
    May 13, 2013 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    SS Book giveaway.

    i have seen the advertisement for your book in FB and in you tube. the video is too good, it says the gists the work and this is the first time i am seeing such a novel idea for book publication and it works out. congrats. this will create an awareness among the readers to choose the books.
    if you give me , i will take all the four volumes:) its pleasure reading your works.

    may god bless you in your future en devours

    warm regards

  • Dr.T.Baladhandayutham
    May 21, 2013 - 5:40 am | Permalink

    Dear Author,

    Greetings! I am glad to note the publication of final volume of your wonderful translation work of ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’. Wish you good luck.


    Dr.T.Bala – Kuwait

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