Garland of words – Tamil Word Play 1


When I was in India and searching my book shelf got one beautiful small book called ‘Irusol mucchol alangaram’ from U.V.Swaminath Iyer publications. Any body in Tamil nadu would have come across atleast one of these word puzzles. Usually two different questions are asked and both questions have the same answer.

Like my Proverb and word list series you can expect series of Word plays to in future.

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.

Ancient and Unique Nature of Tamil – Part 2


Second part of the three part essay discusses whether –
“All these literatures owed a great deal to Sanskrit, the magic wand of whose touch alone raised each of Dravidian Languages from the level of a patois to that of a literary idiom.”[5] – One of the most popular/controversial statement by great scholar K.A.N.Shastri –
is true or not

Tamil Proverbs – Part 14


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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.

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.

Walking on a tight rope!- Kurunthokai 7


Every time I come across the visual imagery of the Sangam poems , I am awestruck by the brilliance of the poet. They are able connect the nature and the acts in the day to day life, which we can never think of. The beauty of all these imagery (other than being such delightfully) are situational. Imagery used in each poem has some connection to the mood of the poem.

The poem I am about to discuss has a beautiful visual imagery and also throws light into the custom of the Ancient Tamils.