History! What could be more boring than memorizing dates and years? How many attempts did Mohammed Ghazni make on India before he finally succeeded in conquering it? Who was the last Moghul? Who built the Jama Masjid?
Rote learning is now history. And history can be fun. Madan's Vandargal Vendrargal is an enjoyable listen as much as it is packed with the facts of history. Examples of Madan's refreshingly different approach to writing history:
©1994 Madan; (P)2007 New Horizon Media
I am a fan of Madhan. I read Vandargal Vendrargal when it was published in Ju.Vi. The content of this book surpasses all expectations I had. However, the rendition of the book is comically horrendous.
Charles's rendition is very odd.
- His "zha" is not quite there. In some cases, it's pretty good, in some cases, it's "la" and in most cases, it's in between.
- I understand that Tamil doesn't differentiate between ka / ga, cha / sa, pa / ba. This means for words like Koyya, since there is no real guideline, some of us say koyya and if you are from Chennai, you said Goyya. Fair enough.
But for words that are available in other languages, you use that as a guideline. When you read "opium" in Tamil, you enunciate it as "opium", not as "obium" - as Charles says it - like 500 times in the book. The first time is comical, the tenth time is irritating and by the 100th time, you are hitting your head on the wall.
I have no idea how Durga Das can be read as Turga Das; or bayam as payam; or beedhi as peedhi.
If there is a ka / ga, cha / sa, pa / ba, you can expect Charles to read it exactly the opposite way you expect the word to sound. Then he would drop a gem like "Chakravarthy Sandhini Chowk-il Choorayadinar" - your head will explode. If you are going to say everything with a "cha", why on earth would you just say Chandni alone as "Sandhini" ?
- Words that should be split become one. Maham Anga becomes Mahamanga. Words that are one become split.
- Charles misunderstands how to read a lively book. This is not a dramatization of the book. Good narrators apply accents to characters; they don't mimic. Mimicry isn't dramatization. Charles fails horribly when he tries to make the content lively; instead of dramatization, he resorts to mimicry and fails miserably at that.
Humayun. If Humayun had to listen to this Audible book, he would device a novel cruel punishment like making Charles listen to this audio book in a never ending loop till the end.
Madhan. I have heard Madhan speak; I can sense the humor and awe in the words, which Charles butchers mercilessly like Timur and Nadir Shah.
It has to be redone with Madhan reading it.
All Charles' renditions / narrations should be retired from Audible to save Tamil and the listeners.
Softtware Engineer by profession but love books, Comics and Movies.
கட்டாயமாக. இந்து இராச்சியமாக இருந்த இந்தியாவில் முஸ்லீம் மன்னர்களான முகலாயர்களின் ஆட்சி ஆச்சர்யமானது. சிலர் அன்பாகவும் சிலர் கொடூரமானவர்களாகவும் இருந்திருப்பது போன்ற விறு விறு தகவல்கள் நிறைந்திருக்கின்றது.
கொடுங்கோலன் ஔரங்கசீப்பை அடித்து அடித்து துரத்திய வீர சிவாஜி.
ஏற்கனவே சார்ல்சின் அருமை பெருமையை கி.மு கி.பி எனும் புத்தகத்தில் அறிந்துகொண்டேன். இந்தக் களத்திலும் அடித்து விளாசுகின்றார்.
அதெல்லாம் தெரியாது பாஸ்.
கி.மு கி.பி புத்தகத்தில் நான் குறிப்பிட்டது போல ஆங்கில வார்த்தைகளைச் சரளமாக மதன் கலந்திருப்பது முகம் சுளிக்க வைக்கின்றது. தமிழ் புத்தகத்தில் பேச்சில் வழக்கில் இருந்தாலும் எழுதும் போது ஆங்கிலச் சொற்களைக் கலக்க வேண்டுமா?
எனக்கென்ன தெரியும் பிற்காலத்தில் நவீன இலக்கியங்களில் ஆங்கிலம் கலந்துதான் இருக்கும் என்று சொல்லுவார்களோ என்னவோ.
Excellent Narrative style !! Great Job from Madhan !! Charles got an amazing voice in narrating the story +
Perfectly blended music will certainly make you 'time travel' to the Moghul empire days.
Good Job NHM, Keep them coming ...
Yes, I would listen again.. fantastic walkthrough of the Indian timeline.. enjoyed hearing
I loved Akbar for his foriegn policy
No, this is the first time.. Thooroughly enjoyed!!!
No , it took me a week..but worth..
I loved Madan style of Narration of the Indian History .. Waiting to see all his books in Audible.
This is my very first review for any item I purchased online. That tells the story. The content is very interesting and the narration is among the best. The narrator keeps changing his tone based on whose dialogues he is narrating. Similarly the background music keeps changing based on the scene being narrated. All these makes listening to this book an exciting experience as you get completely pulled into the Mughal period. This book is my companion in the 45 min commute every morning.
I should say all. I especially liked the Babar episode. The narration on what Babar spoke to his reluctant soldiers was top notch, it gave me goosebumps.
Well done Madhan and Charles. A very good work done by you guys!
Yes!! Amazing.so much to learn and this is such an easy way
The rise and fall of third reich. History made so interesting.
Excellent enunciation. He captures the mood
Would like to hear many such books
It's a good narrated history novel kind of book.
I read it in book format. Now in audio format too
I read it in book format. Now in audio format too
Mr. Madhan is great writer a good sample is this book.
Need similar tamil books in audible, especially Sujatha's books!
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