Integrity of a ministry – Malaipatukatam


A verse from Malaipatukatam on integrity of a kings council.  Malaipatukatam (Echoes on the Mountain) by Peruilkunrur Perutikaucikanar is dated c. 210 A.D.The title of the poem is taken from line 348; the original title was perhaps different. A poem of 583 lines celebrates Nannan the son of Nannan,and describing various aspects of life in different communities of his territory, It contains some exquisite pictures of nature.  

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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Come fast! before my brothers! – Kurunthokai 123


Situation: The Thalaivan and Thalaivi have fallen in love. The have secret tryst with the help of the Thalaivi’s friend (panki). Since this is a neythal poem , it has sea side settings. So the lovers decide to meet in the beaches near the punnai grooves. The Thalaivan comes to the place early and decides to hide in the grooves and watch the reaction of the Thalaivi. Thalaivi has seen thalaivan hiding and utters this poem to panki in a loud voice so that Thalaivan can here it.

99 Tamil flowers- Kurunjipaatu – Methodology and Reference


99 Tamil flowers – photos +scientific names