Sword of Separation – Kurunthokai 157

Poem on the feeling of Thalaivi due to her periods and the oncoming separation between Thalaivi and Thalaivan. 

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Yavanar Lamps – Anna Villaku , Paavai Vilakku

Every time I tell any of my friends that Kuthu villaku is probably imported from Greece or Rome, they give me a surprising look.  Lighting Swan lamp, Anna villaku has become an Indian tradition.  Be it starting a new store or hosting an international dignitary, it starts with lighting the swan lamp. But these Swan lamps were very popular imports from Greece and Rome. Sangam Literature has reference to these imports...

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Earliest reference of Krishna stealing clothes of Gopikas – Akam 59

Reading Sangam literature can always throw you some pleasant surprises. This is one of such surprise. Krishna stealing Gopika's dress while they were bathing in Yamuna, is absent in any of Sanskrit litertaure before 5th century and the earliest available literature for the theme is available only in Sangam literature. Below lines for Agananooru are the earliest available lines on this motif.

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Puthiya Aathisoodi

What better day to publish this post other than birthday of Barathiyar. Probably he is not poet par excellence. His poems does not have alliterations of Kabilar, flow of Illango or mesmerism of Kamban, but probably he brought in second wave of revolutionary poems after the Siddhar poems of Civavakkiyar and Pattinathar. Dissatisfied with Auvaiyar's version which was more peacetime work, Barathiyar wrote this version of Aathichoodi to inspire youth.

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To think of you or not! Kurunthokai 102

Describe Auvvaiyar - most likely answer, old women with stick who sang proverbs and was disciple of Murugan and Eesan. This is one of the greatest Myths which you can safely debunk. In one of my other post I have written how at least 3 poets existed in Tamil Nadu with name of Auvvaiyar.  The first one was of Sangam Age. A poet par excellence, most of us know her songs on Adhigaman Neduman Anci. In way some of her poems were prelude to hero build up songs in Tamil cinema. But the side most of us don't know is the sensitive and mostly aggressive love poems.

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Moss and the Touch – Kurunthokai 399

Probably one of the greatest visual imagery in Tamil literature. Any body who wants to understand the greatness of Sangam Tamil poets need to read the poem and see my visual representation. Nothing more to say from my end the picture would say the rest!

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World of Two lovers – Kurunthokai 57

Beautiful love poem from the ancient Tamils. One more example why Tamil love literature is considered to be classic across the world. The poem talks about how for lovers they get isolated and the whole world become each other when they are in love. Separation is a fear which they want to escape. The pain of separation is greater than death to these lovers.

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What can you do? Sivavakkiyam 6

Transient nature of life becomes the theme of Sivavakkiyar's poem here. Sivavakkiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Shidda poets along side Thirumoolar and Pattinathar. His poems questions Hindu religious structure, Brahmanical supremacy, idol worship, authority of Vedas and Agamas, caste systems. He has written around 520 poems. Below poem questions the madness of love and love for oneself/body.

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#MeToo – Do not touch me! Narrinai 350

#MeToo is trending for the past few days. The case of taking advantage by people in power, people in anonymity is not a new age activity. These have been for ages.  This is the time when Indian courts are debating about Martial rape and Indian government arguing case of husbands taking advantage of their position of strength in society and physical strength should not be considered a case of rape. The post looks at the wisdom and view of women of 2000 years ago.  

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Men are always the same! Narrinai 226

This poem is dedicated to the women and children who bare the brunt heavy office workload of their husbands. The poem which pretty much says Men being men worry more about wealth/career than family. Poem emphasizes 'Men are like this' as a sort proverb 2000 years ago.

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In Search of a Tamil Lion – Tamil Word list 18

I was looking through Dravidian etymological dictionary to find some Dravidian root words and to my surprise there was no true root word for Lion (except for Yali,ali which I would discuss later in this post). Ok first what is root word? The root word is the primary lexical unit of a word, and of a word family (root is then called base word), which... Continue Reading →

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Sangam Comics 3- Its going to rain! Ainkurunooru 207

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Become Fan of Karka Nirka Blog in Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karka-Nirka/353094691592 —————————————————————————————————————————————————— இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்! Happy pongal! Blogging after a year! My apologies! This is a comic I made nearly a year ago but didn't publish it due to certain issues. Since I have graduated from my MBA, I have no other excuse not to blog,... Continue Reading →

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Sangam Comics Issues 2- Kurunthokai 117

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Become Fan of Karka Nirka Blog in Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karka-Nirka/353094691592 ——————————————————————————————————————— This is my second attempt at comic style explanation of poems. I didnt have an artist who could do these illusrations for me. Hence used google images to complete my idea. I wish to thank Mrs. Raji Subramani for the bangle photos. Reading the... Continue Reading →

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Understanding some problems in Tamil Literature through Tamil Cinema!

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Become Fan of Karka Nirka Blog in Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karka-Nirka/353094691592 If you like the post you can click Like Button below About the Author ————————————————————————————————————————————————— I have been wanting to write this post for a long time and today I have decided to write it. This post would explain to you why we need scholars... Continue Reading →

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Tamil Birds – Different types of kuruvi – Part 1

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Become Fan of Karka Nirka Blog in Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karka-Nirka/353094691592 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— It was flowers than fishes and now birds. I just enjoy this googling for scientific names and getting pictures. Hope this serves as treat like the other picture posts. Birds there are thousand species of them. I have taken a particular category called 'Kuruvi'. Lets see... Continue Reading →

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Index of All posts

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Become Fan of Karka Nirka Blog in Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karka-Nirka/353094691592 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Homage: Death of a great Tamil Scholar and my Inspiration - Dr. Kamil Zvelebil. Greatness of Tamil: Why Tamil is a classical Language ? - George L Hart Uniqueness of Tamil - Dr.Zvelebil’s quotes from Smile of Muruga Ancient and Unique Nature of Tamil Part1- Tamil origins... Continue Reading →

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Don’t beg as a crowd – Palamozhi Naanooru

Proverb which would fit for the current situation. —————————————————————————————————— Follow Karka Nirka Blog in Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karka-Nirka/353094691592 Twitter – https://twitter.com/KarkaNirka —————————————————————————————————— மறாஅதவனும், பலர் ஒன்று இரந்தால், பெறாஅஅன் பேதுறுதல் எண்ணி, பொறாஅன், கரந்து உள்ளதூஉம் மறைக்கும்; அதனால், இரந்து ஊட்குப் பன்மையோ தீது 384. Even the person who doesn’t deny, when many come begging for the same, Thinking of the bewilderment of those... Continue Reading →

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