If anyone out there is sick of not being able to see Tamil films ANYWHERE with English subs:

Check out the click-through links below!! There are films on these (100% legal) streaming sites which can be viewed literally no-where else on planet Earth, so enjoy!

1.) www.konnectplus.tv
     Rare subbed movies include: Vannakam Chennai / 6 Candles / All in All Azhagu Raja / Veeram / Kalyana Samayal Saadham / 555 

2.) www.erosnow.com
     Rare subbed movies include: Poraali / Manam Kothi Paravai / Muppozhutum Un Karpanigal / Naan

3.) https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/pizza/id805491991
     Vijay Sethupathi’s Pizza!!! A classic that us non-Tamil folk can’t see ANYWHERE else! You have to buy a US iTunes voucher online to be able to purchase it from outside the US which is a pain, but whatevz.

Please share any other resources like these that you might know of. These films are not available on DVDs with subs in any part of the World!

Found the translation: Ashai Mugam

ஆசைமுகம் மறந்து போச்சே – இதை யாரிடம் சொல்வேனடி தோழி?I have forgotten that lovely face, whom shall I share this grief with ?நேசம் மறக்கவில்லை நெஞ்சம் – எனில் நினைவு முகம் மறக்கலாமோ?

The heart has still not forgotten the love, alas how can I forget that memorable face?

தேனை மறந்திருக்கும் வண்டும் – ஒளிச் சிறப்பை மறந்துவிட்ட பூவும்வானை மறந்திருக்கும் பயிறும் – இந்த வையம் முழுதுமில்லை தோழி

One cannot find it in this whole world:

Bees that have forgotten honey,

Flowers that forgotten the splendor of light

Crops that have forgotten the sky

கண்ணன் முகம் மறந்துபோனால் – இந்த கண்களிருந்து பயனுண்டோ?

If I forget the face of krishna, then what is the use of my eyes? (Krishna is a placeholder for his mother here).

வண்ணப் படமுமில்லை கண்டாய் – இனி வாழும் வழியென்னடி தோழி?

I no longer have your photograph, now what is left in life,tell me my dear friend ?

Courtesy: Hari

This Is A History Of The World. Nowdays All Speaking And Writing In English. Its Not A Fault. But At The Same Time Don’t Forget About Out Tamizh Language And Tradisional. You Eating Paruppu Curry But Sucking In English. Athu Rombe Thappu.
#InstaFam #IAmTamizhanda #IniBukanMacamMasam #Tamizh #Saree #Vetti #Sattai #Sambar #Idli #Thosai #AllAboutTamizh #KeepCalmAndRespectOurMotherTongue

தொல்காப்பிய அழகு

வல்லெழுத்து என்ப க ச ட த ப ற

மெல்லெழுத்து என்ப ங ஞ ண ந ம ன

இடையெழுத்து என்ப ய ர ல வ ழ ள

அம்மூ ஆறும் வழங்கு இயல் மருங்கின்

மெய்ம்மயக்கு உடனிலை தெரியும் காலை

ட ற ல ள என்னும் புள்ளி முன்னர்

க ச த ப என்னும் மூ எழுத்து உரிய.


ல ளஃகான் முன்னர் ய வ்வும் தோன்றும்

ங ஞ ண ந ம ன எனும் புள்ளி முன்னர்

தம்தம் இசைகள் ஒத்தன நிலையே.


ண னஃகான் முன்னர்

க ச ஞ ப ம ய வ ஏழும் உரிய.

ஞ ந ம வ என்னும் புள்ளி முன்னர்

யஃகான் நிற்றில் மெய் பெற்றன்றே.

மஃகான் புள்ளி முன் வவ்வும் தோன்றும்.

ய ர ழ என்னும் புள்ளி முன்னர்

முதல் ஆகு எழுத்து ஙகரமொடு தோன்றும்.

#kalingarayan #konguvellalar #gounder #indian #konguvellalagounder #kongusingam #kongunadu #erode #cannel #tamil #tamizh #tamilan #tamilnadu #vellalagounder #king

Sundaran - The Most Human among Saints

As always, one of my meandering web-foraging along the intersection of religion and language brought me across a sort of an extract from Rev. G.U. Pope’s musings on the Periya Puranam (here: http://www.shaivam.org/english/sen-life-and-legends-of-sundarar.htm)

The subject of his note was saint Sundaramoorthy Nayanar. It is a bit of a read, but a condensate of his note is this: Rev. Pope is semi-revulsed that among the canon of the Shaiva sect saints, Sundaramoorthy alone seems to think, see and do unsightly and unseemly acts, and more galling-ly with the complete approbation of the Lord, and get away with it all the time.

Before we get into the ‘imperfect’ Sundaramoorthy, a little context about Rev. Pope: George Uglow Pope would have been unremarkable among the scores of his compatriots who came to South India to uplift the pagans, but for his love for the Tamizh language. So enamored was he of the language that he delved deep into even old Saiva texts such as Tiruvasagam, despite his missionary mandate, and translated volumes of Tamizh texts into English. His contribution to Tamizh remains unparalleled even to this day.

But it is of no surprise, given his evangelical Christian background, it would seem odd to Rev. Pope to have read about Sundaran’s shenanigans. I mean, how can a dashing playboy, who abuses and cusses the Lord at the drop of a hat, be a favored saint? How can a saint desire to be the paramour of a devout lady, and get the Lord himself to be a go-between? Wasn’t he punished by being blinded and inflicted by leprosy? And yet he is welcomed at the gates of Kailasa itself with a royal retinue. I can only try and imagine his irritation when he wrote: “ He was addicted to pleasure, - an accomplished courtieur, and man of the world. There seems indeed nothing whatever of the ascetic about him from first to last.”

When we do compare him with the other three: Sambandar was a child of the Lord himself, blessed with divinity from the beginning; Appar was put through the trials of a lifetime, all because he joined a different religion; I am actually abashed to even write about the piety of Manikkavasagar. So how could Sundaran be slotted with this holy trinity?

The beauty of Hindu mythology is that our divinity graces and protects gives space for all shades of characters - from blood sucking asuras at one end to extraordinarily pure mahatmas. And it also features such mortals like Sundaran - a character who is absolutely not evil, and yet is no saint either. He lies, fights, cusses, throws temper tantrums (such a tantrum that he broke Nandi’s ear in Venpakkam), abuses, loves and chides as much as we do - and yet he too gets the mukti that the others get (in fact in far more pomp and ceremony). 

I have no qualms in calling him Sundaran (without the respectful ‘r’ suffix), and yet Sundaran is special among all, in that he offers hope to us regular folks - I can be as human and flawed as possible, and yet with faith and devotion, I too can attain the salvation desired by all. Yes, all one needs is unfailing faith that He remains with me as a bulwark against all that is thrown at me, give me what I need to be given, look past all my ills, prevent me from committing more and ultimately rescue me and take me with Him.

Sure, all we need is THAT kind of devotion - but where would I go shopping for it?  That’s for another day.

பொன்னும் மெய்ப்பொரு ளும்தரு வானைப்
    போக மும்திரு வும்புணர்ப் பானைப்
பின்னை என்பிழை யைப்பொறுப் பானைப்
    பிழையெ லாந்தவி ரப்பணிப் பானை
இன்ன தன்மையன் என்றறி வொண்ணா
    எம்மா னைஎளி வந்தபி ரானை
அன்னம்வை கும்வ யற்பழ னத்தணி
    ஆரூ ரானை மறக்கலு மாமே

—- Tiruvarur, 7th Tirumurai, Decad 59

is it possible to forget?
Civaṉ who grants riches and knowledge of reality.
who united in me through them the pleasures of the world and eternal bliss.
who forgives all my faults after that.
who grants his grace so that I cannot commit any faults.
our master whose nature cannot be ascertained, this is his nature.
who was easily accessible to me.
and who is ārūr which has fields in which swans stay, and tanks.