Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Naaladiyaar – 75

Among two friends who get along with no differences,
If one slides into unseemly vices,
Put up with him till he is tolerable!
If he turns intolerable,
don’t talk ill of him, just move away!

வேற்றுமை இன்றிக் கலந்து, இருவர் நட்டக்கால்,
தேற்றா ஒழுக்கம் ஒருவன்கண் உண்டாயின்,
ஆற்றும் துணையும் பொறுக்க! பொறான் ஆயின்
தூற்றாதே, தூர விடல்!

Two people are close friends with no differences between them. Suddenly one of them starts veering of the straight and narrow path of virtue and turns to vices. The other friend should bear with him till he is bearable. If his behaviour takes a turn for worse and he is intolerable, one should not talk ill of him and abuse him publicly. It is better to disengage from him and make a clean cut of the friendship instead of hurting the one time friend further.

வேற்றுமை – difference
இன்றி – without
கலந்து – mingle
நட்டக்கால் – நட்பு கொண்டிருந்தால் – if they are friends
தேற்றா ஒழுக்கம் – தகுதி இல்லாத ஒழுக்கம் – unacceptable practices – vices
ஆற்றும் – tolerable
துணை – வரை – till
பொறுக்க – tolerate
பொறான் – பொறுக்க முடியாதவன் – untolerable
தூற்றாதே – don’t abuse – don’t talk ill
தூர விடல் – leave (him) far away

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  1. அருமையான பதிவு 😀

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  2. ITHTHUNAI NAAL IPPAKKAM VAARADDHADU EN PAZHIYE!

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