I cannot think of any speech that I have made without Thirukkural. I cannot think of any of my thoughts that have not been influenced by Thirukkural. I cannot think of any subject for which I cannot dig into Thirukkural. From love to law, from management to self-realization, Valluvar has touched upon everything. Everytime, I read a management book, I cannot help thinking, ‘oh, hasnt Valluvar talked about this?’.
I have now started translating Thirukkural on Twitter. Twitter seems to be tailor-made to enable crisp translations of Thirukkural – the way it was originally meant to be. Here is a 140 character medium of the modern era, waiting to host the 2000-year-old 7-word kurals, which packed wholesome wisdom in 2 lines.
Excerpts of kurals from my twitter page:
இன்னா செய்தாரை ஒறுத்தல் அவர்நாண
நன்னயம் செய்து விடல்.
The ideal way to punish someone who wronged you is to shame them by doing them a favour.
எண்ணித் துணிக கருமம் துணிந்தபின்
எண்ணுவம் என்பது இழுக்கு.
Think about all consequences and possibilities before you set out on an action. Do not wilt, repent or reconsider after starting an action without giving it a thought.
குழலினிது யாழினிது என்பர் தம்மக்கள்
மழலைச்சொல் கேளா தவர்.
Only those who don’t listen to their baby’s sweet babble will claim that a flute or yaazh sounds melodious.
You can afford to lose control over anything except your tongue; else the words that you spit will return to bite you.
The greatest asset one can have is the ability to listen.
When I don’t have any food for my ears, I feed my stomach a little.
Every living being is born equal. Only what you do in life brings in the differentiation.
Oh rain! You not only create everything we eat, you are the indispensable food yourself.
Saying the right things is easy for anyone, executing them as per plan is a rare skill.