When Valli met Ponnan


A fierce storm had taken Valli’s family away from her. Alas!

What would she do without her family? Hadn’t her world revolved around them? Her grandfather was there in another village of course, but, wouldn’t her presence prove to be a burden on him at his age?

Immersed in thoughts, she let herself be consumed by the fury of the river.

Suddenly she felt strong hands clasp her waist.

Next thing she knew, she woke up looking at the face of Ponnan-a handsome boatman she would later marry.

The storm had been a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Valli, after all :-)


The incident described above is from a novel by the author Kalki (in Tamil)- Parthiban Kanavu. I was reading this book recently and found it immensely interesting. I would suggest this book for all those who are interested in learning about the south Indian history. In fact, this author is famous for his historical novels ‘Ponniyin selvan’ and ‘Sivagamiyin Sabhadham’. For all those who are not acquainted with the tamil language, the English translations are available too :-)


This Post has been written for the ” 100 Words on Saturday – 11″ prompt -Blessing in Disguise :-)

100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe

12 thoughts on “When Valli met Ponnan

  1. nabanita December 23, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Sounds interesting! :)

    • Seriocomiker December 23, 2013 / 4:46 pm

      Yes! The book from which this incident has been borrowed from is a brilliant one :-)

  2. mahabore December 23, 2013 / 6:39 pm

    Beautiful take on the prompt. My dad had purchased the English translations of these books a couple of years ago in a book exhibition but am yet to get around to reading them

    • Seriocomiker December 23, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      Do read them, sir .. You’ll love them all… And, I’ll look forward to reading them on your blog too! (just like the stories on Ramayana and Mahabharata)

  3. menons129 December 23, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Very emotional blessing to fall in love like this.

  4. subzeroricha December 24, 2013 / 9:59 am

    You kinda convinced me to pick up these books! And surely this fits the prompt perfectly!


    • Seriocomiker December 24, 2013 / 10:30 am

      Glad to know that:-) Trust me, these books are awesome!

  5. Shilpa Garg December 24, 2013 / 11:34 am

    Wow! A story from the past retold in 100 words. Very interesting take :)

    • Seriocomiker December 24, 2013 / 11:42 am

      Thank you, Shilpa. It was a very interesting prompt from you :-)

  6. vishalbheeroo December 25, 2013 / 12:22 am

    A happy ending. I know someone who met a tragic end. Merry X-Mas:)

    • Seriocomiker December 25, 2013 / 1:28 am

      Ouch… Merry Christmas to you too:-)

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