Friday, 7 April 2017

Review of SEMMARI Aararivu aadu in Tamil


No of pages : 286
Published  by Notion press ,com
Published on 2017
Genre: Tamil Fiction Historical Action  Adventure Thriller
Book links: Goodreads  Amazon 

செம்மாரி’ - திருப்பங்கள் நிறைந்த விறுவிறுப்பான சரித்திர காலத்து கற்பனைக்கதை. நமது பாரம்பரிய விளையாட்டான ஆடுபுலி ஆட்டத்தை பின்னணியில் கொண்ட கதை.


சிலையூரை தலைநகராக கொண்ட சந்திரநாட்டில், சிற்பிகள் பொழுதுபோக்கிற்க்காக விளையாடிக்கொண்டிருந்த ‘ஆடுபுலி ஆட்டத்தை’ வேடிக்கை பார்த்த ஆடுமேய்க்கும் இளைஞன் செம்மாரிக்கு, அவன் வாழ்வில் நினைத்துப்பார்க்க முடியாத விபரீதம் நடந்தது. சொந்தநாட்டு மன்னன் ஒருபுறமும், சூரியப்பேரரசின் படைத்தளபதி மறுபுறமும், அரக்ககுணம் கொண்ட ‘கோடாரி’ இன்னொரு புறமும், என அவனைக்கொல்ல ஒரு கூட்டமே துரத்தியது. அவர்களிடமிருந்து தப்பித்தானா?...


"Semmari Aararivu aadu " is a splendid   Tamil historical story  about the life  of great  sculptors and the indoor game of lamb and tiger, an ancient one played by all in Tamilnadu. 

I thank Samura for having sent me the book in exchange of  my honest review.I have already enjoyed  his  first book ,namely Silikanpuram for   it's high entertainment quotient  . As I have expected his second book Semmari  also has engrossed  me. 

 It is a great treat for Tamil readers as the tale has got a charm by giving an account of  historical views and past events . Life and death situations ,do or die circumstances give all the thrill to sustain the reading .Emotional situations lead us to relate  with the characters and it gives an experience of excitement and exhilaration.

In this Internet age where all are going for computer games , it is indeed a different and pleasant experience of knowing about the game Aadu Puli Attam  (Lamb and tiger game). 

Samura , an Author , Mentor  ,Career consultant ,Speaker, NGO and software professional - multi faceted   personality  has penned this book  with a  lot of  the brainstorming and hard work  . His intelligent  and wise touch  coupled with a lot of studies to concoct a strong social drama  has resulted in  its grand success .

The plot

In Chandranaadu, a small kingdom  the king Puthirasekaran wants to build a monument i.e  grand hall full of sculptures   in  memory of his father Mandraseakran. Sadayuthar , an old  famous  sculptor and his immediate assistant Nagalan  have  taken care of the  construction of the same. When time permits ,the sculptors along with other laborers  use to play an  ancient indoor game, namely  Aadu Puli Attam  (Lamb and tiger game). It is a game played with application of brain and mind.

The protagonist Semmari a Sheppard, 18 year old lad  is living in Chandraaadu  kingdom along with his family earning their livelihood by rearing  of sheep. He gets a chance to witness the  game and learns the tricks and tactics  of  the game from Nagalan . With his sharp grasping he has become a master .

Once Gugan, a tourist  crosses the place and invites Nagalan to play the game with him and challenge him to win it if possible as he is so confident of defeating him.At that juncture Semmari comes there and helps Nagalan . There starts troubles and turmoils which pave way for so many adventures and ordeals to Semmari and close associates .


Samura's handling of the plot focusing on the game is superb  The coordination of all the subplots to culminate in a terrific  climax is  an example for his highly gifted story telling talent. The narration is interesting and the characterization is optimum. Both the title and the cover design are attractive,

My favorite:

I like the joint family atmosphere which is  a distant dream in this present  era due to the emerge of nucleus families . There we see the youngsters give respect to elders .There is a strong sense of belonging and love and affection among the siblings. 

I like the natural and spontaneous  romance  of Semmari with Nathiyazh .I admire Semmari for his valour , wit and wisdom.

My verdict :

I find the book an excellent read as it has enthralled me with a  realistic but unpredictable  storyline .I strongly recommend this book as a good , simple, decent and must read by all Tamil loving people.It is worth buying . Don't miss it

Rating :  5/5
Disclaimer : I have received the book directly from the author in exchange of my review.


  1. I am glad that you liked the story Antony sir. I thank for your time and detailed review. It is very encouraging for me and my writing.


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