For 802 kilometres, the Kaveri river winds her way through hills, valleys, and plains, seeking to fulfill her destiny, her union with the Lord of the Sea. In this carefully researched book on the river Kaveri, authors Padma Seshadri and Padma Malini Sundararaghavan take us from the river's origin in Talakaveri to the site of the ancient port of Poompuhar, engaging us with stories from mythology and history and anecdotes from the lives of great people who have shaped the regions along her banks. Why did a Chola king dive into the chasm into which Kaveri vanished? How did Kaveri set the Kodagu style of draping a sari? How did a spider become a king? How did the Handsome Bridegroom of Srirangam, himself 'abducted', find a bride from another faith? Find out on this exciting journey that brings to life our rich and varied heritage.
A freelance editor and writer, Padma Malini Sundararaghavan studied at Nirmala College,Coimbatore and at Stella Maris College before obtaining her doctoral degree in postcolonial fiction from the University of Madras. Her articles have been published in journals such as Literary Criterion. Padma Seshadri and Padma Malini Sundararaghavan worked as colleagues in the Department of English at Stella Maris College, Chennai. They share a fascination for river stories and the lives of saints, many of whom lived along the banks of India's sacred rivers.