Kannaki’s Anklet is an effort to bring the Tamil epic Shilappadikaram, to a larger audience and in a relatively easy prose format. While the epic has been translated by eminent scholars, Kannaki’s Anklet is an effort to make it easy reading for the modern reader who is exploring the hidden gems of regional literature, without getting into the academics of it. This book is an easy translation, and to enable a smooth flow, certain aspects of the original, which was more of a cultural show-case, have been eliminated or touched upon just very briefly. An episode like the Prologue has been added to bring in the dramatic element of the narrative, but other than that and some very minor characterisations, no major liberties have been taken, to ensure that the true flow of the original narrative is retained. Also, certain names have been spelt in the modern form.
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