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When Rajaraja Chola ascended the throne, the land of Tamils entered upon centuries of grandeur. He left behind a stupendous legacy, which has not lost its sheen even after a thousand years. During his regime, we see powerful productive forces at work, newly liberated by the advances made in manufacturing and trade.

Through interesting facts and riveting analyses, the reader can vividly experience the tumultuous developments of this perioud. It bring to life the social, political and economic underpinnings of that time - expansion of agriculture, rise of nagarams, maturing of self-governing corporate bodies, phenomenal increase in inland and overseas trade networks, and overall strengthening of the administrative and military apparatus, which would later bring South-east Asia under its influence. Equally important to the stability of the empire was the compelling iconography of Saivism, which this book presents in a sublime and engrossing style.

Written by Raghavan Srinivasan, the author of Yugantar, this book recreates the history of a South Indian king and his imperial empire, in a form that would appeal to the academia and the wider public audience alike.

"A rousing attempt at piecing together the lives and times of the Tamil country's most remarkable medieval personality, Rajaraja Chola, who despite the rich artistic legacy, plethora of inscriptions and maritime amnbtions, has remained an enigmatic figure."
- SHARADA SRINIVASAM, Professor, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies.
 
 

Review

Praise for the Book

Book to Read in Autumn 2021 – Outlook

Book You Definitely Shouldn’t Miss This Winter – The NEWS NOW

As with his previous work, Yugantar, author Srinivasan continues in Rajaraja Chola to lure the millennial mindset, in order to explore options (possibly solutions) for dealing with the complexities of the present. – The Literary Digest

The author’s knack for details and his style of writing is prodigious – Dumani Mail

A rousing attempt at piecing together the lives and times of the Tamil country’s most remarkable medieval personality, Rajaraja Chola, who despite the rich artistic legacy, plethora of inscriptions and maritime ambitions has remained an enigmatic figure. – Sharada Srinivasan, Professor, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies

The author has recorded the magnificent rule of Rajaraja I, the Imperial Chola, who brought the entire southern Peninsula under his regime. The book is divided into nine chapters with unique and different captions … This book is designed for the lay reader, not necessarily in chronological order … with interesting facts arranged in appropriate places. The book provides an excellent comparative study of Chola sculpture, painting and literature. – Prof. S.S. Sundaram, Professor & Head, Department of Indian History, University of Madras

Raghavan Srinivasan's book is a riveting scholarly work on how the glory of the Chola Empire was crafted brick by brick by the ruler as well as the ruled. It is an overwhelming story of exemplary kingly attributes nurturing people so that they bloom as a multi-hued, many-splendored civilization 1000 years ago. Srinivasan's book informs and delights in equal measure. It’s a must have for history buffs... – Ashwini Bhatnagar, author, nominated for Best Non Fiction Book, 2020, at Tata LitLive awards for The Lotus Years, Political Life in India During the Time of Rajiv Gandhi

A fascinating introduction to Rajaraja Chola, as impeccably balanced in terms of content, insight, interpretation and style as a Chola Nataraja itself! – Shyam Banerji, Author of Pandit Ajoy Charabarty: Seeker of the Music Within and Hindu Gods and Temples: Symbolism, Sanctity, Sites. He is also Curator, heritage studies and spaces'

The era of Raja Raja Chola, consolidator and emperor, has been brought to life in this racy novel style book by Raghavan, written for the layman and non-specialist like myself, without being an agglomeration of names and dates, against the background of economic and political forces. It lives on in myriad edicts, copper plates, temples and inscriptions therein and is a huge amount of other information from which this is reconstructed. – Prof. B. Anathanarayan, Indian Institute of Science

About the Author


Raghavan Srinivasan is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Madras University and a post-graduate in MBA from McMaster University, Canada. After working as a systems analyst for a few years, he was a free-lance IT professional before deciding to become an entrepreneur in the social development sector. At present he is a professional consultant in this area. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and son. He has written and edited a number of documents for governments and the UN system. He has also been editing a magazine called ghadar jari hai for several years now. He has written several cover stories, articles and travelogues for print and online newspapers.
Raghavan is passionately interested in Indian literature, philosophy and history. He believes that the past of our sub-continent has many clues to help us find our way in these confusing times.
His first historical fiction, ‘Yugantar: The Dream of Bharatavarsha Takes Shape 2300 Years Ago’ has been published by Leadstart.
He can be contacted at:
Email: raghavansrin@gmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/raghavan.srinivasan.12
Instagram: https://instagram.com/rags.srinivasan
Goodreads author: https://www.goodreads.com/ragssrini
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  • ISBN: 9789354581144
  • Author: Raghavan Srinivasan
  • Publisher: One Point Six Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • Pages: 249
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description


When Rajaraja Chola ascended the throne, the land of Tamils entered upon centuries of grandeur. He left behind a stupendous legacy, which has not lost its sheen even after a thousand years. During his regime, we see powerful productive forces at work, newly liberated by the advances made in manufacturing and trade.

Through interesting facts and riveting analyses, the reader can vividly experience the tumultuous developments of this perioud. It bring to life the social, political and economic underpinnings of that time - expansion of agriculture, rise of nagarams, maturing of self-governing corporate bodies, phenomenal increase in inland and overseas trade networks, and overall strengthening of the administrative and military apparatus, which would later bring South-east Asia under its influence. Equally important to the stability of the empire was the compelling iconography of Saivism, which this book presents in a sublime and engrossing style.

Written by Raghavan Srinivasan, the author of Yugantar, this book recreates the history of a South Indian king and his imperial empire, in a form that would appeal to the academia and the wider public audience alike.

"A rousing attempt at piecing together the lives and times of the Tamil country's most remarkable medieval personality, Rajaraja Chola, who despite the rich artistic legacy, plethora of inscriptions and maritime amnbtions, has remained an enigmatic figure."
- SHARADA SRINIVASAM, Professor, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies.
 
 

Review

Praise for the Book

Book to Read in Autumn 2021 – Outlook

Book You Definitely Shouldn’t Miss This Winter – The NEWS NOW

As with his previous work, Yugantar, author Srinivasan continues in Rajaraja Chola to lure the millennial mindset, in order to explore options (possibly solutions) for dealing with the complexities of the present. – The Literary Digest

The author’s knack for details and his style of writing is prodigious – Dumani Mail

A rousing attempt at piecing together the lives and times of the Tamil country’s most remarkable medieval personality, Rajaraja Chola, who despite the rich artistic legacy, plethora of inscriptions and maritime ambitions has remained an enigmatic figure. – Sharada Srinivasan, Professor, School of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies

The author has recorded the magnificent rule of Rajaraja I, the Imperial Chola, who brought the entire southern Peninsula under his regime. The book is divided into nine chapters with unique and different captions … This book is designed for the lay reader, not necessarily in chronological order … with interesting facts arranged in appropriate places. The book provides an excellent comparative study of Chola sculpture, painting and literature. – Prof. S.S. Sundaram, Professor & Head, Department of Indian History, University of Madras

Raghavan Srinivasan's book is a riveting scholarly work on how the glory of the Chola Empire was crafted brick by brick by the ruler as well as the ruled. It is an overwhelming story of exemplary kingly attributes nurturing people so that they bloom as a multi-hued, many-splendored civilization 1000 years ago. Srinivasan's book informs and delights in equal measure. It’s a must have for history buffs... – Ashwini Bhatnagar, author, nominated for Best Non Fiction Book, 2020, at Tata LitLive awards for The Lotus Years, Political Life in India During the Time of Rajiv Gandhi

A fascinating introduction to Rajaraja Chola, as impeccably balanced in terms of content, insight, interpretation and style as a Chola Nataraja itself! – Shyam Banerji, Author of Pandit Ajoy Charabarty: Seeker of the Music Within and Hindu Gods and Temples: Symbolism, Sanctity, Sites. He is also Curator, heritage studies and spaces'

The era of Raja Raja Chola, consolidator and emperor, has been brought to life in this racy novel style book by Raghavan, written for the layman and non-specialist like myself, without being an agglomeration of names and dates, against the background of economic and political forces. It lives on in myriad edicts, copper plates, temples and inscriptions therein and is a huge amount of other information from which this is reconstructed. – Prof. B. Anathanarayan, Indian Institute of Science

About the Author


Raghavan Srinivasan is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Madras University and a post-graduate in MBA from McMaster University, Canada. After working as a systems analyst for a few years, he was a free-lance IT professional before deciding to become an entrepreneur in the social development sector. At present he is a professional consultant in this area. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and son. He has written and edited a number of documents for governments and the UN system. He has also been editing a magazine called ghadar jari hai for several years now. He has written several cover stories, articles and travelogues for print and online newspapers.
Raghavan is passionately interested in Indian literature, philosophy and history. He believes that the past of our sub-continent has many clues to help us find our way in these confusing times.
His first historical fiction, ‘Yugantar: The Dream of Bharatavarsha Takes Shape 2300 Years Ago’ has been published by Leadstart.
He can be contacted at:
Email: raghavansrin@gmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/raghavan.srinivasan.12
Instagram: https://instagram.com/rags.srinivasan
Goodreads author: https://www.goodreads.com/ragssrini

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