Surprise Hug! – Kurunthokai 359

Back to Sangam literature. Another shade of love.   குறுந்தொகை 359, பேயனார், மருதத் திணை – தோழி பாணரிடம் சொன்னது கண்டிசின் பாண பண்பு உடைத்து அம்ம மாலை விரிந்த பசு வெண் நிலவின் குறுங்கால் கட்டில் நறும் பூஞ்சேக்கை பள்ளி யானையின் உயிர்த்தனன் நசைஇ புதல்வற் தழீஇயினன் விறலவன்  5 புதல்வன் தாய் அவன் புறம் கவைஇயினளே.   O bard! Look at this beautiful moment opening up! In the night when... Continue Reading →

Flood of Passion – Kurunthokai 99

Another gem from Auvviyar 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.  This a poem from a lover lorn Thalaivan's point of view.

Isn’t he father and mother – Kurunthokai 93

It is not easy for women especially if the marriage doesn't work out. Thaliavan has started philandering and he is not allowed to enter the house by Thalaivi. When Panki (Thalaivi's friend) comes to advice her of not have love quarrels with  her husband and asks her to let him in. Thalaivi responds that as husband he should care for her like a father and mother. And feels he isn't behaving like that, when there is no love how can there be love quarrel is her central question. Sangam literature deals with every facet of love and marital life.

Question of Desperation – Kurunthokai 156

Brahmins were respected for their negotiation skill during Sangam age and were valued as messengers.  There is a puram poem where a Brahmin stopped war just thorugh his negotiation. He our hero who is full of love asks Brahmin messenger a crazy question. After all love makes a person crazy.

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