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Akananuru: Neytal – Poem 70

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(The companion of the heroine discloses the happy decision of the hero to wed the heroine)

O my friend,

The village women skilled in gossip

Made public our affair

And everyone came to know of our kinship with our lover,

Who is the chief of a littoral region;

There, the successful fisherfolks

With curved boats

Greatly praise the worth

Of their beauteous nets of multitudinous interstices

And divide amongst their kin

In their malodorous village

The Ayilai fish they netted.

Now, the dinsome village is wrapped up in silence

Like unto the banyan tree of many a stilt root

From the branches of which birds chirped ceaselessly

And which the triumphant Rama stilled

With a show of his hand,

That he might discuss in peace secret matters.

At the hoary Tanushkoti upon the shore —

The town of the great Pandyas,

The wielders of victorious spears –,

A town where women would collect blooms of neytal

With rounded stems

Which would blossom amidst green foliage

In the watery fields, hard by the shore,

Where the fresh and golden blossoms of Nalal

And punnai trees shed their pollen

And make picturesque the sand —-,

To adorn themselves on festival days.

Poet Maturai Tamil Kutthanar Katuvan Mallanar
Translated by Dr. A. Dakshinamurthy
Akananuru: Volume I Kalitriyanai Nirai, Bharathidasan University, 1999.


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