his life and times
A translation of the biography in Tamil
By ‘Sunda’ MRM Sundaram
NOTE ON THE TITLE:
Ponniyin Pudalvar, (the son of Ponni), is a reminder that Kalki was born in the region nurtured by the river Ponni, another name for the Kaveri, where the Imperial Chola monarch Rajaraja I was known as Ponniyin Selvan (Ponni’s darling), the name of Kalki’s spectacular cult novel.