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Malyalam Proverbs
Complied by P.R. Ramchnader

Malayalam Proverbs Compiled and illustrated by P.R. Ramachander* aebmfw ]gs©mÃpIÄ -þ kamlcn¨Xv ]n. BÀ. cmaN{µÀ Introduction - AhXmcnI
Proverbs are called “Pazham chollugal” in Malayalam. Literally that means ancient sayings. It is well known that Proverbs reflect the culture of the people and their language. These have been coined based on centauries of human experience and are used very effectively by people to drive home very important point while they are speaking or writing. People who have lived in Kerala villages would know that effective conversation is highly regarded by all people regardless of their financial status and caste and religious differences. Most of the old people used to illustrate their conversation by using stories or proverbs, in a very effective manner .Slowly this culture is being replaced by a different culture, where people talk only, to the point and are in a hurry to end what they are trying to say. Most of the time, they leave their audience unconvinced. I am giving below a compilation of Malayalam proverbs. These popular proverbs themselves have been taken from a Malayalam book by Sri Velayudhan Panikkaseri entitled, “Pathinayiram Pazhamchollugal (Ten thousand proverbs)”. The idea of translating and explaining them was given to me my very intellectual friend and former colleague Dr.C.P.Ananthasivan. I would like to express my gratefulness to him. In every proverb, I have first given the transliteration in to English of the proverb, then English translation followed by a story to illustrate the usage of the proverb. I have used names of common people of Kerala and stories are from the Kerala context. I hope that you all , would after reading this say “Pazham chollil Pathirilla (There is no chaff among the proverbs)”

1.Akapettavannu Apathu, Odi poyavanu bhagyam.

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