of Tiru Valluvar ranks as
one of the greatest classics,
not merely of Tamil Literature, but of World Literature. It is one of
the oldest of extant Tamil works and dates back to the Second Century
B.C. It has a total of 1330 Verses spread over 133 Chapters and three
Parts. It is an extraordinary compilation of the highest wisdom brought
down to the level of the common man in respect of every facet of human nature and experience. The work is as much a tribute to the perceptions of the poet as to the richness of the Tamil language that has enabled him to state the most profound of truths in verses of such utter simplicity
This presentation proceeds in two parts. The first presents the original
text of the Kural with a word-by-word meaning and a verse-by-verse translation. The translations make no pretense to scholarship, but proceed from a commonsense understanding and desire to communicate the spirit of the work in simple English to people around the world, that will hopefully draw them into a study of the original, in order to grasp a beauty that cannot be captured adequately by a translation.
The second is comprised of short articles that may accumulate in the future from contributors who would dwell on different facets of the work under the title "What I have seen in the Kural"