Wise Old Woman
Varan S Karunakaran
Wise Old Woman
Varan S Karunakaran
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First Published in 2004-02-04
2. Wise Old Woman
2.2 First Auvaiyar
2.3 Second Auvaiyar
2.3 Third Auvaiyar
2.4 Attribution to Auvaiyar
3. TAMIL LANGUAGE
4. CHILDREN CHANNEL
4.2 Arthi Chudhi
4.3 Konrai Venthan
5.0 MORAL MANNERS
5.1 Blameless Behaviour
5.2 Virtuous Vision
5.3 Wholesome Wisdom
5.4 Peaceful Path
6. ETHICAL ETIQUETTE
6.1 Righteous Restraint (ஆத்திசூடி)
6.2 Complacent Conduct (கொன்றை வேந்தன்)
55 6.3 Mature Messages (மூதுரை)
6.4 Commendable Course (நல்வழி)
The Tamil alphabets are being taught using the rhyme of the wise old woman (WOW). Thus this work retains the original structure of these morale works.
The modern father of lateral thinking is Edward De Bono. It is believed that there were several Auvaiyar(s) known among works in Tamil. You may wonder how one of the Auvaiyar who used the lateral thinking to bless the king to “fortify the embankment”. Tamils believe that the God Murugan used lateral thinking to fun with one of the Auvaiyar. All Auvaiyar(s) are not only wise ladies but also had sharp minds. The subject rhymes are not only simple but also reminder the fundamental concept for a peaceful life.
Four of Auvaiyar’s works – Arthi Chudhi, Konrai Venthan, Muthurai and Nalvazhi are depicted here in English. As her works are in the verses form, even explanations in Tamil differ among various publications. Many Tamil words do not have a meaningful word in English language. For example, the Tamil word “aram” which has no exact meaning in English. We can find many words with closer meaning. Thus it is not possible to provide “the” translation for her works. This work will be called as an interpretation (Chapter 5) and a translation depicted in words (Chapter 6).
It is my opinion that there is no translation can capture the magnificent principles behind her works. Only way is to read the original verses in Tamil (not even the description in Tamil). This is an indirect encouragement for the Tamil speaking community not to miss the opportunity to learn Tamil language while young.
The verses were originally written in the ancient feudal society where primary production (agriculture) was considered as the noble tasks. Today the world went through industrial transformation, economical reformation and electronic revolution. In the feudal society men earned wealth but today some women’s earning capacity is much more than their husband’s earning. Thus certain moderation of the novel verses is required to reflect the current life style.
The main part of the book is Chapter 5 which is “Moral Manners.” It contains the interpretation of Auvaiyar’s four works. Modern thinking is employed to reflect the current life style of the people and to make them secular with no specific references to any culture. The purpose of the book is to provide the opportunities for young children to learn and elders to refresh whenever they needed. It is neither an invention nor a discovery but simply innovative ideas are employed to provide the existing information in Tamil.
The Chapter 6 of this book is not a literal translation of exiting works but a translation based on the Auvaiyar’s concepts to provide a smooth flow for reading. Thus it is provided under the title of “Ethical Etiquette.” Here not only references to Indian culture and Hindu religion are retained but also the original Tamil verses can be located.
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