“How can it be you that don’t have any grey hair though you have lived
for many years?” You have asked the question and I will give you an answer!
My children have gone far in learning. My wife is rich in her virtue!
My servants do what I wish and my King, who shuns corruption protects us!
And in my city there are many noble men who through their deep Knowledge;
have acquired calm, have become self-controlled,
and the choices they make in their lives are built on the quality of restraint!
- When Kopperuncolan was sitting facing north and starving himself to death in the rite of vatakkiruttal, Picirantaiyar went to join him (in his fast).The good men there asked "We have heard of you for many years yet you have no grey hair." This is what he said to them.
Extracted from ‘An Anthology of Poems from classical Tamil: The Purananuru’ translated and edited by George L Hart and Hank Heifetz.
This is part of our selection from the Purananuru, chosen to represent some of the feelings of the Tamil people as, two years on, they remember the events of 2009.
Tamil Nadu politicians who called for the birthday of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader, to be celebrated were threatened with calls for arrest under the National Security Act, on Friday.
The Sri Lankan government has accused former peace negotiator Eric Solheim of being "a liar and a supporter of terrorists", after he rejected claims made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, reported the Daily Mirror.
The chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and his Sri Lankan counterpart at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, signed a memorandum to enhance partnerships between business circles in the two nations.