Ainkurunooru – 90
On hearing that his wife is upset with her, the courtesan says :
Did the bee acquire her husband’s wonderful trait?
Or did her husband acquire the bee’s wonderful trait?
She doesn’t know the reality,
His son’s mother, who is irked with me.
மகிழ்நன் மாண்குணம் வண்டு கொண்டனகொல்?
வண்டின் மாண்குணம் மகிழ்நன் கொண்டான்கொல்?
அன்னது ஆகலும் அறியாள்,
எம்மொடு புலக்கும், அவன் புதல்வன் தாயே.
He left his wife and spent time with his courtesan. Now he has moved on to other women. But his wife is still upset with the courtesan and bad mouths her. Hearing this, the courtesan says “Her husband is like a bee that moves from flower to flower. Whether he got that trait from the bee or the bee got the trait from him, I don’t know. His son’s mother (wife) is not aware of the reality and is angry with me. But he has left me too.”
மகிழ்நன் – husband
மாண் குணம் – great quality / trait
அன்னது ஆகல் – such reality
அறியாள் – does not know
புலக்கும் – புலத்தல் கொள்ளும் – angry with / irked with
Brought a smile for me 🙂
It does :-). Courtesans (பரத்தை) had some of the best lines in Sangam poetry.
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