The philosophy of love marriage – Kurunthokai 115


Happy Pongal to all the readers. I was so guilty of not writing for so long that I have decided to write on this day special to Tamilians all around the world. Few months ago I came across this poem in a book ‘Sips from the Sangam cup’. This song really shows the wisdom of the Tamil people 2000 years ago. This poem answers on basic doubt most youngsters have these days. So without giving much more buildup like Tamil action heroes I will proceed to the poem.

I am intoxicated by your beauty! – Thirukkural 1081-1090


I have read at least around 300-400 Thirukkural verses in school. But not a single verse on Kamathupaal. So I decided to share the first chapter from Kaamathupaal. I can guarantee that it would be a surprise package for any one who hasn’t read any verses from Kaamathupaal.

Seperation of lovers – Krishna stealing clothes of Gopikas – Murgan in Thiruparankundram – Akam 59


This poem is one of the most important poems in Sangam literature. Though this is the kind of Sangam poem I … More

Save me from my love sickness – Narrinai 63


I came across this beautiful poem. When I was reading the commentry I understood the brilliant structure of this poem. So put in some effort to give the essence of the poem with a neat word to word translation.

Multi Layer poem- She troubles me – Kurunthokai 119


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The Tamil concept of Love, Love Making and Divinity


The love poems of Sangam have made inroads into religion. The two best examples one can give is that of Kambaramayanam and Kanthapuranam. The Murugan- Valli love episode of Kasiappasivachariyar’s Kanthapuranam is straight lift from a few Sangam love themes(it would take me a separate blog to point this out to the readers..hope I do a blog on this topic soon!). In this essay I would like to go into Theme of Love making in Sangam literature and its parallel in Religious poetry and philosophy.

Love making and Religion …parallels? is it possible? well you have to read through this essay,

Hero’s Blackmail- Kurunthokai 276


This poem is one most interesting themes of the Akam poetry. In this theme the Hero who is being denied access to meet his lady love , threatens the friend of the lover that he has already made love to her and knows all secrets if her and would expose this secret to every one if the he wasn’t granted access to his lover.

100th post – Guest blog by Dr.N.Kannan


This is a very special occasion for me. The 100th post of Karka Nirka blog. And I have decided to give a treat to all my readers. Hence a guest post and there no better person to write on this Blog than Dr. N.Kannan. Dr.Kannan is the Director of Tamil Heritage Foundation and also a poet and an author(http://www.e-mozi.com/articles/biosketch.html , http://freenet-homepage.de/bliss/bio_english.html) . To me he is one important person associated with this blog indirectly. I post my blogs in MinTamil group where Dr.Kannan is a moderator. When I started posting in MinTamil at times I would get brilliant insights from Dr.Kannan which never occured to me from Dr.Kannan. He and other members in MinTamil have posted valuable comments and reviews on the post and have encouraged me to write more on Sangam Tamil. I couldn’t find any better person than Dr.Kannan to be the person to be part of my 100th post. Dr.Kannan asked me wether he could write in Tamil and I gleefuly accepted since I thought atleast the 100th post in a blog which speaks the greatness of Tamil to be in Tamil. For non Tamil readers, I will translate this work soon.
Finally I would like to thank Dr.Kannan for accepting to write a guest post for me in his very busy schedule.

Sangam love – Tamil cinema love


This posts explores various themes in love poems of Sangam literature and presents few movie situations which are very similar to these themes.