Capture an Elephant with an Elephant – Palamozhi Naanooru 29


Use of Kumki elephants referenced in Thirukkural and Palamozhi Naanooru

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What can you do? Sivavakkiyam 6


Transient nature of life becomes the theme of Sivavakkiyar's poem here. Sivavakkiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Shidda poets along side Thirumoolar and Pattinathar. His poems questions Hindu religious structure, Brahmanical supremacy, idol worship, authority of Vedas and Agamas, caste systems. He has written around 520 poems. Below poem questions the madness of love and love for oneself/body.

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It is not that easy – Palamozhi Nanooru 176


In age of youtube reviews, a very relevant proverb. The proverb tells you the pit falls of theoretical knowledge against practical knowledge. Palamozhi nanooru is stuctured in such way that last line of the poem is Palamozhi (proverb) and the poet uses first two lines to describe a story or usage of the proverb. The proverbs were old sayings even 1300 years before.

Mother too has her favorite! Palamozhi Nanooru


One more interesting proverb from Palamozhi Nanooru about how one should do extra thing when competing with equal. Palamozhi nanooru is stuctured in such way that last line of the poem is Palamozhi (proverb) and the poet uses first two lines to describe a story or usage of the proverb.  Proverb in context (i.e. proverb 1300 years ago) is that Mother is partial to her favorite kid. 

Taming elephant with a harp – Kalithokai 2


We would have had numerous chances to make fun of Ramarajan taming the wild bull in Jallikattu with Illayraja's pechi pechi song. It was a cult it. But even more surprising was a reference in Kalithokai of angry elephant (usually in rut - Madha yanai) which couldnt be controlled by its gad (pagan) getting mellow down and tamed with music of harp (yaazh).

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