Store Water – gain eternal glory! Puram 18


What is true fame? Poet’s advice to his ruler 2000 years ago! Pretty much describes Tamil Nadu’s current situation!

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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.

Earliest reference of Krishna stealing clothes of Gopikas – Akam 59


Reading Sangam literature can always throw you some pleasant surprises. This is one of such surprise. Krishna stealing Gopika's dress while they were bathing in Yamuna, is absent in any of Sanskrit litertaure before 5th century and the earliest available literature for the theme is available only in Sangam literature. Below lines for Agananooru are the earliest available lines on this motif.

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.

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. 

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