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Indian Envoy in Seoul Authors "Silk Empress"
Indian Princess Weds Korean King 2,000 Years Ago
"Silk Empress"

Indian Ambassador to Seoul Nagesh Rao Parthasarathi (53) became a author of a book "Silk Empress (Ȳ)," a story of Indian princess who traveled from the ancient kingdom of Ayodhya in Inida to Korea to marry King Kim Suro (: AD23-AD199), the founder and first king of Gaya Kingdom.

The 53-year-old Indian envoy said he wrote the novel to promote the friendship between India and South Korea in the reception to celebrate the publishing of his novel based on the real story. The reception was held at Inje University in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, on July 19, 2007.

The 276-page novel deals with the whole travel process of the 16-year-old Indian princess "Suriratna" who sailed all the way across an ocean to the southern part of the Korean Peninsula from India's kingdom of Kosala nearly 2,000 years ago.

She married King Kim Suro, the founding king of Gyya Kingdom (57BC-668AD) and became Queen (Empress) Heo (). Their love story was described in a famous history book Samguk Yusa (History of Three Kingdoms) written by a monk Iryon (1206 AD-1289 AD).

Amb. Said that in a recent interview that "Silk Empress" is based on a legend of love story. As aforementioned, it is also narrated in the history book.

Indian Ambassador to Seoul Nagesh Rao Parthasarathi

"When I came here, everybody would say Princess Suriratna, Ayodia. Beyond that, there was not much I could get," he said in an interview. "But after this book, I hope many people will go back in history and see their own history in front of their eyes."

The story goes: the Korean king waited for the Indian princess from Ayodia, the capital of the Kosala Kingdom. In spite of hardships and uncertain environment their long-awaited union realized with the assistance of a Buddhist pagoda built by Buddha himself, according to the novel.

The Indian ambassador traces back the scintillating love story of the king and princess, whose fate was destined by the heavenly will. Perhaps the Indian envoy tried to reveal long and enduring relations between Indian and Korea, which harks back to ancient times.

The envoy said in 2006 bilateral trade reached 9.7 billion US dollars. "It will exceed 10 billion US dollars," said the envoy. "My responsibility is to fill the gap between the two sides, if any."

He hoped that his novel "Sink Empress" would contribute to the development the two countries.

The Indian envoy became the first foreign ambassador in Seoul to author a novel. He said that he writing habits are very old by saying that he's been writing since his school days.

Several years earlier he published a spy novel "The Reluctant Assassin" in both English and Hindi.

He said that he heard President Roh Moo-Hyun say "We are cousins" when Roh visited Deli in September 2004. He later realized that Roh was referring to the love story of Queen Heo.

After he came to Seoul as a ambassador in September 2005 he started to have interest in the historical bondage between the two nations, resulting in the authoring the legendary love story.

"Silk Empress" is available at Kyobo Book Center, South Korea's largest bookstore in downtown Seoul. But Korean language version is on the market this time.

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