“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.
The French Embassy in Sri Lanka stated it would continue to closely follow the case of 17 aid workers, who were shot dead by Sri Lankan security forces, in order to ensure that justice is served for the killings.
Over 50,000 upcountry Tamils will be unable to vote at the Uva Provincial Council election, in the island's south, as their employers have refused to grant them leave in order for them to cast their vote, reports Colombo Page.
China signed a host of trade agreements with Sri Lanka this week, including a currency swap deal and Beijing funding a $1.4 billion port in Colombo, as Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visited the island.
The British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, noted that difficulty in dealing with issues regarding land ownership and coexistence with the military forces remained for the people in the Eastern province,