Marthanda Varma suggested to the King to avail aid from the foreign forces against the power of feudal lords, and Rama Varma made a treaty with Madurai Nayaks at Tiruchirappalli in Kollavarsham 901 (Gregorian Calendar 1726) to have additional forces be supplied to Venad for an annual payment.The feudatory chiefs persuaded the sons of King Rama Varma, Pappu Thambi and Raman Thambi to claim their father’s throne through Makkathayam, which is lineal descent through sons, while Marthanda Varma was the legal heir.Her mother arranges for her to marry Padmanabhan Thambi, elder son of aging King Rama Varma, through Thambi's right hand, Sundarayyan.
Hobbies are literature, films, books and travelling.
The novel utilizes rich allusions to the Indian subcontinent and Western, historical, cultural and literary traditions.
The intertwined representation of history and romance is attained thru classic style of narration, which includes vernacular languages for various characters, rhetorical embellishments, and the blend of dramatic and archaic style of language suitably to the bygone period.
This novel is the first historical novel published in Malayalam language and in south India.
The first edition, self published by the author in 1891, received positive to mixed reviews, but book sales did not produce significant revenue.
The revised edition, published in 1911, was an enormous success and became a bestseller.
The forces once organized by Kerala Varma were disbanded and some of them took services under the feudal lords.
Rama Varma, pleased with the energy and intelligence of the then prince Marthanda Varma, allowed the latter to take necessary actions in the affairs of government; which the prince utilized to adopt the measures against rebellious spirit of feudal lords, who in-turn became his inveterate enemies and planned lethal actions against the prince.
The title was further revised post the centenary of the novel as മാർത്താണ്ഡവർമ്മ, replacing the Dot reph, ൎ with Chillu, ർ inline with the contemporary Malayalam script usage.