Thirukural, written by Thiruvalluvar, in the form of couplets that convey noble thoughts. It is considered to be a book of ethics for the ordinary man, the administrator, the king and the ascetic. It is universal in perspective, and hence called "Ulaga Podhu Marai" meaning the Common Knowledge for the world. It is as timely today as when it was written more than 2000 years ago. Click here to know more about this book.
It has been translated to 80 languages (including many Indian languages). However, as far as I know only few people from India, other than from Tamil Nadu (a southern state in India) have known about or read this book. It is one of the reasons, why I decided to add it to my site ... just an attempt to spread this book further, hope you will do the same.
I took most of the content from - Tamil.pdf (254.88 KB), English.pdf (351.65 KB) and TamilMeaning.pdf (972.86 KB). Thanks a lot to all those who have worked on these projects. A special thanks to B.Viswanathan, the creator of the software Azhagi, using which I generated reverse-transliterations. Thanks to Google for its Transliteration API. Last but not least, thanks to all others who have worked/are working/will be working on spreading this book.
1. Spent a lot of time in collecting and importing the content to my database than designing the pages; used all sort of scraping techniques (programmatic) to fetch the content from the pdfs listed above. So, I cannot assure you that all the kurals, meanings (Tamil & English) and the Transliterations are 100% correct. In case if anything is wrong with any of the content, please report to me by following the report link.
2. Searched many places in Chennai for Thirukural CD with files separated by kurals, didn’t get one! However, I got 3 CDs for each section and files separated by adhigarams (chapters).
3. Had a tough time adding adhigaram mp3s in un-downloadable format. Shoutcast’s streaming content was easier compared to httphandlers, flash playlist etc. However, Shoutcast generated playlist in .pls format, and it didn’t work in Windows Media Player. So, wrote separate code to generate windows media playlist file (.wpl). If you have any problems in listening, download the playlist files and then try to open it in any of the players installed in your system.
Here is the link - http://www.gokulnath.com/thirukurals