Sakkarai/Sweet Pongal in Sangam Literature


Sangam literature has references to various meats as food, Kolambu, Puli satham (Puliyogare), early versions of Pongal , early version of Biryani and many more food still in vogue. Here is the specific reference to Sakkarai Pongal /Sweet Pongal in Sangam literature [Around 150-200 AD]. கட்டிப் புழுக்கின் கொங்கர் கோவே! King of Kongu region who eats... Continue Reading →

Plight of the front door – Muttollayiram 2


Shades of love moves on love and despair of young girls who see their king on procession (Ula) and fall deeply in love with him! தாயர் அடைப்ப மகளிர் திறந்திடத் தேயத் திரிந்த குடுமியவே – ஆய்மலர் வண்டுலாஅங் கண்ணி வயமான்தேர்க் கோதையை கண்டுலாஅம் வீதிக் கதவு All the front doors bore the brunt and their hinges were worn out After... Continue Reading →

Southern Breeze – Nachiyar Thirumozhi 8.2


Second of the ten poems from Nachiyar Thirumozhi – Vin Neela Mellappu (sky blue cloth). Love theme of Sangam transformed into love between a human soul and the divine.  Here Andal sends the could as her messenger to Mal of Vengadama (Thirupathi). மாமுத்த நிதிசொரியும் மாமுகில்காள் வேங்கடத்துச் சாமத்தின் நிறங்கொண்ட தாடாளன் வார்த்தையென்னே காமத்தீ யுள்புகுந்து கதுவப்பட்டு இடைக்கங்குல் ஏமத்தோர்... Continue Reading →

Melt me and fill me – Andal’s Nachiyar Thirumozhi 10.8


By far one of the best love and philosophical poem, I have read in Tamil. It is a surprise to me it matches Sangam love poems but surpasses them here by it deep philosophy.This poem has layers, each passing day I was realizing a new meaning to the poem. Plain vanilla translation would neither emphasize the philosophy of the poem nor the intended meaning of the poem. 

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