Friday, April 19, 2013

Great Ancestor of Tweets


Micro blogging, tweets, SMS all offer the challenge of communicating your thoughts in about 140 characters.

About few THOUSAND years ago, a poet pioneered the the art of micro blogging. His name - Thiruvalluvar

He wrote "Thirukkural" made of 1330 couplets, each no more than 7 words (technically they are "Seer" ie a blend of two or more words, example Tirukkural is a blend of two words Thiru + Kural) each. Four words on the first line, three words on the second line, and managed to convey and communicate in a condensed manner.

The poems are classified under three major Subjects, each having various chapters

-Duty/Righteousness
-Wealth/Money
-Pleasure/Joy

The timeless nature and the universal appeal of the thoughts and ideas expressed in these poems makes it an enduring and compelling read. 

The topics/ideas discussed vary from God, Rain, Virtue, Royalty, Administration, Good governance, Parenting, Morality, Love, Infatuation.

I am thankful to my teachers who introduced and taught Thirukkural to us. Although I did not like the tests where we were expected to memorize the kurals, I now realize the value of learning Thirukkural.

There are some kurals that I aspire to live up to and there are others that I am not familiar with.

In my next series of articles I will share some kurals that had an impact on me and my outlook.
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