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My 150 th post in this blog.
Part 14 of my Proverb collection.
1.குற்றம் பார்க்கில் சுற்றம் இல்லை
No relationship will exist , if you find fault in everything(Prabhulingam’s Translation from comments).
Happens usually in office, people who find fault with everything(esp managers) get hated by people around them!
” Deem the best of every doubt, till the truth be tried out”
2.தூர்ந்த கிணற்றைத் தூர்வார்காதே
Dont try to clear a dry well.
A well will be in good condition if it is yielding water. If it dried out, it will automatically in due course, ruin. Do not clean such dried well, meaning do not involve which will not give good/desired result.(Prabhulingam’s explanation from comments)
” Do not rake the gutters.”
” Let sleeping dogs lie.”
3.தலையை தடவி மூளையை உரிவான்
He will pat your head and suck your brains.
Warns about people who act so friendly to you , but the motive is to swindle or destroy you.
” He covers me with his icings, and bites me with his bill.”
4.இரும்பு அடிக்கிற இடத்தில நாய்க்கு என்ன வேலை ?
What work does a job have in a blacksmith shop?
Dog has no use going to blacksmith, it is better off going to temple or a marriage where they throw food. Said of people who don’t fit in a particular organisation. Can be currently said of Susi Ganesan attempting a Shankar kind of movie – no wonder product is so bad.
5.தூக்குனங்குருவி குரங்குக்கு புத்தி சொன்னது போல
Like the Weaver bird which adviced the monkey.
Weaver bird, Ploceus baya, as building hanging nests; தொங்குங்கூடு கட்டுங் குருவிவகை
The bird builds nest (as below) ands stays inside it when it rains. When it saw a monkey getting drenched in rain , it advised the money to start building a nest. Monkey got irritated and destroyed the bird’s nest.
At situations its better not to keep mum than to advise people who wont hear it seriously/ At some situations its better to keep mum than advise!
” Good reasons said, and ill understood, are roses thrown to hogs, and
not so good.”
“A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.”
6.மன்னவர்கள் ஆண்டது எல்லாம் மந்திரிகள் ஆண்மை
Back bone of the any king’s rule are his minister’s skills.
Said by mother in laws to daughter in laws. Wife should act as ministers and mange the wealth their husbands earn.
” As the Friday so the Sunday : as the Sunday so the week. As the good man saith, so say we ; but as the good wife saith, so it must be”
7.கன்னி இருக்க காளை மணம் ஏறலாமா ?
When there is virgin in the house can the bachelor get married?
When there is sister who has come of age , her brother would wait to get married till his sister gets married.Very common practice in Tamil Nadu.
8.ஆசை அறுபது நாள் , மோகம் முப்பது நாள் , தொண்ணூறு நாளும் போனால் துடைப்பக்கட்டை
Desire last for 60 days,passion for 30 days and after 90 days she looks like broomstick.
When couple get initially married the sexual desire is really high but last just for a month, after two months even the liking for each other goes down and finally after 3 months the wife will look like a broom stick(meaning all passion and enthusiasm of marriage dies down)
“When a couple are newly married, the first month is honeymoon or smick-smack ; the second is hither and thither ; the third is trick-thwack the fourth: The devil take them that brought thee and me together.”
“Mother, what sort of a thing is marriage ? Daughter, it is spinning, bearing children and weeping.”
9.இரண்டு போன்சாதிக்காரனுக்குக் கொண்டை என்னத்திற்கு ?
Why should he have long knotted hair when he has two wives.
Two wives means quarrel always. When two wives fight with each other , if the husband gets caught in between with his long hair. He will be dragged with his hair till the fight is over.
Proverb is said when you are not prepared for the disaster which you know is going to strike any time.
” Two women in one house, two cats and one mouse, two dogs and one bone, will never accord in one.”
10.சதை உள்ள இடத்தில கத்தி நாடும்
The knive will seek the part which has flesh.
Said of scavenging people who look for people who have wealth.
Reference : A classified collection of Tamil Proverbs by Rev. Herman Jensen
- Ancient Wisdom – Tamil Proverbs
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 2
- Tamil Proverbs – part 3
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 4
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 5
- Tamil proverbs – part 6
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 7
- Tamil Proverbs – Part8
- Tamil proverbs – Part 9
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 10
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 11
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 12
- Tamil Proverbs – Part 13