CHAPTER 3




“POET’S BALLAD OF IMPLICIT LOVE”

The parliament of the Kingdom Shaktharam is always known for its magnificent amount of people involved. Normally the ministers, poets and important people of a kingdom will only be present in the parliament but in the parliament of Shaktharan, all the common people of the kingdom will be present. They were active participants and the decisions of Shaktharan will be based only on the side of people welfare. Each and every people saw true democracy on it as people were not deciding whom to rule but they were deciding what laws to be imposed and what judgments should be taken.
“It was a kingdom, for the people and only for the people”
The city of Shaktharam was flooded by a lot of ministers, thinkers, poets and common people from other countries. On the first day of the Suyamvaram, the Kings and Prince from various other countries were welcomed very warmly in the parliament of the Kingdom. It was at that time when Chaduran made his appearance in the parliament of Shaktharan. Arrangements were made for them to stay in the county’s renowned guest palace. The guest palace was very famous for its appearance and decorations made. The Guest palace was very luxurious than most of the King's Palaces around the globe. Along with the guest, King Shaktharan spent his night in the Guest Palace.
Next day, approximately a kilometer in front of the Kingdom’s Palace a giant stage along with gallery was constructed. All the people from the country and other country’s ministers, poets and thinkers occupied their places in the gallery.
 “Word or Sword anything which attracts my dearest princess will be honored in this Diaz”  Shakhtaran said in a very bold voice such that each and every people in the Gallery could hear it. Every Prince and King who came there to win the heart of the Princess were ready to show off their talent in the Diaz. The way their chariots were parked around the place looked like the stage was under siege.
Two gigantic guards appeared on the way to the center stage and announced: “The Great Princess of The Kingdom Shaktharam, Ilamanju is arriving at the Suyamvaram Stage”. A chariot which was decorated completely with flowers and jewels drove by two beautiful girls in white saree with four white horses came inside. The most gorgeous women of the Kingdom Ilamanju stepped out of the chariot and walked neither too fast nor too slow to her place near the King and Queen of the Kingdom. With a fake smile, she greeted the people and other dignitaries present in Diaz and got seated. Blue colored flags with chariot wheel symbol lifted high around the stage and high in the palace along with bass drums sound indicating the Suyamvaram has started and no more entries of any King or Prince will be entertained.
Ilanthirayan son of Muthurathan was sitting first in the row of participating Kings and Prince. He was one among the experts of Swords. In order to impress the princess, he started to show off his sword fight talent. The moves what he made, made the whole crowd in the gallery stun. He started listing the wars he won and the enemies who were killed by him through the most horrible punishment – Kalumaram. Konkuruvaluthi was once a never defeated king but he lost to Ilanthirayan on his first war. Ilanthirayan explained loud how he killed Konkuruvaluthi on the second war by inserting the weapon Narasam on this ear and pierced his head. He was very proud of killing him that way. Yeah, he is a very great warrior but he is zero in character and attitude.
One after the other Prince and Kings showed off their talents in spear, sword, bow and arrow, also with poems. Each and every person who participated were very talented and unique. On the list, there was a king who was spoken widely for his talent on ancient Tamil poetry. He ruled a part of Chera Empire and his name was Kooperum Kon Kuttuvan. In his kingdom, almost all the thieves were caught and were sent as prisoners to other countries. This was one of his pride.
Not in the first, not in the last but in the middle Chaduran appeared himself in front of all. By the time Chaduran was thinking what can he do to impress the princess and can do the job assigned to him. He smiled to himself which indicated that he got some idea to do. He took the weapon Thandam. By the way, he picked up the weapon showed that he is an expert handling it. He took two steps back and started to show off his talent on Thandam. In the end, he forcefully hit the floor with Thandam creating vibrations all over the place even the flags and umbrellas of Kings and Prince were shaken. Then he took another weapon. Very few countable persons were experts in this weapon, even no one was praised for being an expert on it. Its name was “Thigiri”(It is a weapon which looks similar to Boomerang). He threw the weapon in the air which hit a target within the movement of eyelashes and held back on his weapon holder. In fact, very few have seen this weapon before. When the crowd saw him using it in a pro manner they got goosebumps. Wait, he is not over yet. His main plan is yet to come. He unfolded a poem which he had with him “My girl and my soul”. He started to read the poem in front of all. There came a chapter “With my message, with my messenger”
On the banks of river Vaigai,
With the stars on high,
Sky served as the ceiling,
Moon gave the lighting.
He was lying on her lap
She got close, to close their gap
resulted in a kiss,
she got into complete bliss.
When the whole town was sleeping,
They both were on a divine love feeling.
Breaking the silence
His lips opened saying,
When the river Cauvery uprises in Aadi
I will be yours, my lady
With my message, with my messenger
Cross the siege, Cross the barrier
          When these lines were read by chaduran, Ilamanju was on a complete shock and her face showed that. She can’t believe what she heard. Chaduran became happy inside because this is what he expected. Unlike the other chapters, he read these line thrice and made each and every line clear. Ilamanju did not even turn her face up to see anyone on the stage, but this guy chaduran made it. Now Ilamanju can’t even take her eyes apart from him. Yeah, there is a relation between these lines and Ilamanju. There is a relation between her confusions, her sadness to these lines. Let's see the relation.
          To the north, east and to the northeast of the country Shatharam lies the Chola Empire. It is one of the neighborhood Empire of Shaktharam Kingdom. This Empire is ruled by a great Shiva devotee, Marudha Cholan. The sea which lies in the east of the Empire seems to be a lake for the ships of the Chola Empire to sail. He was known as a King who creates dread because in wars other enemies will be panicked by just seeing the number of militants in the military of him. It will be like a sea of Chola army when they go to war. He had two sons. The elder one is Sundhara Kanthan and the younger one is Sundhara Sembiyan.
          Sundhara Kanthan went to the Shaktharam Kingdom for his education. That’s how he came to meet Ilamanju during his teenage. They both fell in love during the occasion of Aadi Perukku (Happens in 18th of the month Aadi. Celebrated in the banks of River Cauvery) which happened in Chola Empire. They were in a deep and mad love still they know that their marriage would be a highly impossible one. Because years back Shaktharan and Marudha Cholan accidentally had a war resulted in enmity between them. Shaktharan lost to Marudha Cholan and he felt shame on that. He was searching for an opportunity to take revenge on him. Both Ilamanju and Sundhara Kanthan know this.
It was a  completely impossible task for Ilamanju to express his love on Sundhara Kanthan to his father. They both decided to have a meet, where they usually meet – The bank of river Vaigai. Ilamanju was confessing to Sundhara Kanthan about her Suyamvaram which is going to happen on Aadi Perukku. It was a tricky date because the King and Prince of the Chola Empire are not supposed to stay away from their country during the occasion of Aadi Perukku.
“Don’t worry my darling. I will be there for you. I will marry you by doing anything possible or else I will try to stop your Suyamwaram through war. At least I, myself all alone will fight for you and may even die for you. Expect me on that day. I will be yours, my lady” said Sundhara Kanthan and kissed her.
It was almost the same what Chaduran read on the Diaz. This was the reason for the shock what Ilamanju got. It was a secret known only to Ilamanju and Sundara Kanthan. How Chaduran came to know it?. Who is Chaduran?. Who sent him?. These were all the doubts arose in the mind of Ilamanju. Shaktharan did not want the Chola Prince to attend the suyamvaram. He invited all the other Kings and Prince but not the Prince of the Chola Empire. He fixed the day of Suyamwaram to be on Aadi perukku knowing that the Chola Prince and King were not allowed to stay away from their empire on that occasion. There were actually two reasons for Shaktharan. As you all know, the first reason was he lost in the war and the second reason was an order issued as war penalty by Marudha Cholan. Shaktharan was on a dilemma. He felt humiliated about the loss and order issued as a penalty. What was the reason for the war?. What was the order issued by Marudha Cholan?. Just wait with patience let us see very soon.
         










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