The Kural (Used)


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Author: Tiruvalluvar
Translated by P. S. Sundaram

978014400098 | PB | pp. 168 | 1990 | Penguin Random House India | Used

The Kural by Tiruvalluvar is a collection of over thousand couplets on virtue, wealth and love.

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Tiruvalluvar is considered one of the greatest poets of classical Tamil Literature. He probably lived and wrote between the second century BC and the eighth century AD though his dates have not been conclusively established. The work by which he is known, the Kural, comprises 1,330 couplets and is divided into three sections-Virtue, Wealth and Love-and is based on the first three of the four supreme aims prescribed by Hindu tradition: dharma (virtue), artha (wealth), kama (love) and moksha (salvation). Taken together, the three books of the Kural inform, criticize and teach the reader, in brilliantly styled and pithy verse, about life, love and the ways of the world.


Translator: P. S. Sundaram







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About the Author

The author is one of the greatest poets in Tamil classical literature. He probably lived and wrote between the second century BC and the eighth century AD. Some scholars believe that He belonged to the weaver caste, others think he was the chieftain-king of Valluvanadu in India’s deep south. A third version has it that he was born of a Brahmin father and a Harijan mother. His birthplace by tradition is held to be Myalpore in the city of Madras where there is a temple dedicated to him.


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