Starting Friday 9 August 2019, I’ll serialise the first three chapters of my forthcoming literary historical novel Vel Pari: The Tamilakam War.

Each post is a quick read of up to three minutes. To maintain the momentum and interest, I’ll post these short reads on Mondays and Fridays. Book going through edits. Expected launch date: First week of March 2020.

I welcome you to read and hope to receive your valuable comments.

Book cover mock-up

Vel Pari: Blurb

It was a time of lost history. The time when the Cholan, Cheran and Pandyan—the Moo-Vendhar—vied for supremacy in ancient Tamilakam (present day South India). Restrained by the laws of dharma and codes of chivalry, and with an eye to posterity, the Moo-Vendhar treaded with care.

But subterfuge ruled and their court officials indulged in intrigue and internecine warfare to subjugate the minor kings—the Velirs. Foremost among the Velirs was Vel Pari, king of Parambu Nadu.

Little is known of Pari. Much is mired in myth, legend and poetry. Were the legends surrounding Pari true? Are there rational explanations to his outlandish deeds? Historians found little common ground to agree. But they all agree that Pari and the great poet, Kabilar, were fast friends.

This is the legend of Pari as told by Kabilar… and one other, a man who lurked in the shadows. A man who did not lend his name to written history—Kachagan, Raj Guru of the Cholan Empire.

Thank you for sharing your comments,


Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2019

Continued Friday 9 August 2019


  1. You have been missed, my special buddy. I hope your travels and creativity have nurtured you? I am going to email you privately about ‘Song of the Ankle Rings’, which is a delightful and absorbing read. I am looking forward to Vel Paary. You are a ‘tour de force’ mon ami. Hugs xXx <3

    1. Hello Jane dear 🙂

      Good to be back and missed you too. And will be visiting your blog asap to savour your (always) positive and love-filled posts.

      I am intrigued and look forward to your email.

      Meanwhile, plenty of hugz 🙂

  2. My Dear Eric,

    I look forward to reading your words soon, and thank you so much for all your kind comments. I am on vacation as of tomorrow but I will certainly access your fine prose beach side.

    Great to be back, my friend, and like many others who witness your stories, I am very much intrigued by your next offerings.

    Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you, as always, to have stopped by my site.

    Warmest wishes, dear friend,
    Paul 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. A very nice book cover, Eric. I think the inside delivers more. So that’s what been keeping you away for a while.

    Glad to have you back with more interesting read to look out for.

    1. Hello Windy dear,

      How have you been? 🙂

      Thank you re book cover. I thought it was a bit too dark but we’ll see…

      Having poured my all into Song of the Ankle Rings, I approached Vel Paary with much doubt, not knowing if there was anything left in me to give. After many stops and starts, and lost ways, I think I got it down all right.

      Luv and hugz,

  4. Welcome back – you were missed. i am glad to read that it was writing which kept your prolific person away from blog writing. I look forward to your mini chapter postings. I trust that the read will be as informative and compelling as “Song of the Ankle Rings”

    1. Hello Jane dear,
      Good to be back.
      I hope Vel Paary does not disappoint. The story is set in Ancient Tamilakam and my novel draws heavily on the norms of that time.
      When discussing Vel Paary, many modern Tamils hail him as a hero and denigrate the Cheran, Cholan and Pandyan as the bad guys. I find this amusing as these three kings – Moo-Vendhar – are our ancestral kings. I suppose this has to do with rooting for the underdog.
      My novel treats Vel Paary and the Moo-Vendhar with more balance – highlighting the strengths and shortcomings of both sides.
      Happy to have you join me,
      P/s. I’ll be visiting your blog to catch up with your posts 🙂

    1. Dear Paul,
      So very nice of you to drop by. And yes, do read the forthcoming posts. It’s a geopolitical literary novel in an ancient setting that combines my love of history and interest in geopolitics.
      I promise to come over to your blog during the week to catch up on your offerings to date. Missed your style of writing/expression.
      Take care, dear friend,
      Eric 🙂

    1. Hello Ian,
      I was travelling a little; attended to some family matters; and also fell ill a couple of times. LOL. But as you can guess, my daily dose of reading/writing/editing never stopped 🙂
      I’ll be popping over to your blog asap to catch up with all your lovely posts.
      Cheers for now,

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