Vengaiyin Maindhan (The Tiger's Son) is a historical novel by Akilan, a renowned Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner. The novel is set in the 11th century during the reign of Rajendra Chola I, one of the greatest emperors of India. The novel depicts the life and adventures of Thennavan ElangoVel, a brave and loyal warrior of the Velir clan, who serves Rajendra Chola and accompanies him in his expeditions to Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and the Ganges river.
The novel is a sequel to Akilan's earlier novel Chola's Daughter (Pavai Vilakku), which narrates the love story of Rajendra Chola and Ilamadevi, a princess of Sri Lanka. Vengaiyin Maindhan continues the story from where Chola's Daughter ends, and focuses on the political and military achievements of Rajendra Chola, as well as the personal and romantic struggles of Thennavan ElangoVel. The novel also features historical characters such as Vandiyathevan, a brave and witty spy of Rajendra Chola, and Kulothunga Chola I, Rajendra Chola's son and successor.
The novel is praised for its historical accuracy, vivid description, engaging narration and rich language. It is considered one of the best historical novels in Tamil literature, and has been translated into several languages. The novel has also been adapted into a television series and a stage play.
Vengaiyin Maindhan is available as a free PDF download on various websites. However, readers are advised to buy the original book from authorized publishers or online stores to support the author and appreciate his work.
Akilan was not only a prolific writer, but also a social activist and a media person. He was involved in various movements and causes, such as the anti-Hindi agitation, the Dravidian movement, the anti-caste struggle and the promotion of Tamil culture and language. He also worked as a journalist, editor, translator and broadcaster. He wrote for several magazines and newspapers, such as Ananda Vikatan, Kumudam, Kalki, Dinamani and Dinakaran. He translated works of Russian and French writers into Tamil, such as War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Les MisÃrables by Victor Hugo. He also hosted radio shows and interviews on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Akilan's writing style was influenced by his extensive reading and his exposure to various cultures and places. He travelled widely across India and abroad, visiting countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia, France, Germany and England. He wrote about his travel experiences in books such as Chinnanchiru Ulagam (A Small World), Thulasi Madam (The Basil Shrine) and Thirai Isai Alaigal (The Waves of Cinema Music). He also wrote about the history and culture of different regions and peoples in books such as Thamizhaga Varalaru (The History of Tamil Nadu), Bharatha Desa Charithram (The History of India) and Eelathu Ilakkiya Varalaru (The History of Sri Lankan Literature).
Akilan's novels and stories reflect his humanistic vision and his social consciousness. He wrote about the lives and struggles of ordinary people, especially the oppressed and the marginalized. He also wrote about the themes of love, friendship, family, patriotism, spirituality and morality. He used various genres and forms to convey his messages, such as historical fiction, social realism, satire, fantasy, science fiction and children's literature. Some of his popular works include Pavai Vilakku (The Lamp of Womanhood), Chitra Pavai (The Picture Doll), Kayalvizhi (The Eye of the Lagoon), Nenjil Oru Mull (A Thorn in the Heart), Enge Pogirai (Where Are You Going) and Kanana Kannan (The Forest Krishna). 061ffe29dd