A short piece from the book:
Shilappadikaram was written in Tamil sometime in the second Century AD, by a Jain monk, Ilango Adigal. The work was made famous by its literary merit, and more so because it was written in the lingua franca of the times, i.e. Tamil. This could also be one of the reasons why it has not gained prominence outside South India, as prominence and importance was generally given to works that were written in Sanskrit. While many authors have translated the work in English, and quite a few of them are of academic and literary worth and merit, Kannaki’s Anklet is an effort to make the epic readable in an easy prose form.