Thursday, January 12, 2006
Breaking news - Tamils blogged 2000 years ago
This is the translation of a poem from Naalatiyaar, a Tamil Literary work dated around 100 AD.
The always correct and all knowing
Poet will be shunned by wisemen - He
while arguing, will abuse your ancestry or
flex his arms for a fight.
Goes on to prove that we Tamils have been in the business of blogging long before computers were invented :-)
And before you think I am an expert in Tamil Sangam Literature, let me dispel your notion. One of the books I bought in this book fair was Kongu ThEr vAzhkkai by S. Sivakumar. It is an anthology of Tamil poems from Sangam Period upto 19th century with explanation. If you are interested in Classical Tamil Literature this will be a good starting point. I learnt a lot from the book, from the outline of KundalaKesi to some delectable Bhakti Poetry