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Starting today, 5th October 2018, my new blogging schedule includes Fridays where I’ll share snippets of ancient Indian history – BCE to early CE – that focuses on the region covered by the Deccan in the south.

The region which was once occupied by three famous dynasties – the Cheran, Cholan, and Pandyan – broadly encompasses five current Indian states: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Image @ Sangam Era 300 BCE to 200 CE by Global Security

Some historians used a collective term – Tamilakam – the Age of the Tamils, to describe this period. Tamil in this usage referred not only to the Tamils of modern day India but all the peoples of the south. Another term – Dravidians – is in more common usage now.

I’m currently finalizing my next work of fiction: a literary historical novel based on Silappatikaram, one of the five ancient classics of Tamilakam.

My book Title: Song of the Ankle Rings

Possible Subtitle: An adaptation of Silappatikaram

When researching, I discovered much fascinating information. It was heavy reading and with often confusing and conflicting timelines and names of rulers and peoples.

I tried to make sense of the information and would like to share some posts as a lead up to the launch of Song of the Ankle Rings in early 2019.

Look out for the first post next Friday. Hopefully, they are interesting and in easy enough digestible morsels.

My new posting schedule: Mondays (Random Flash Fiction & Updates on my Books); Wednesdays (Haiku) and Fridays (Ancient Indian history) fits the eclectic nature of Written Words Never Die.

I hope most of you will find at least one of my weekly categories to your liking.

(Note: Treat these posts on Ancient Indian History as highly simplified introductions to a complex, often conflicting, and vague period mired in the mists of antiquity.)

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