From Tamizl Sangam poetry

Usually, we are only familiar with Murugan or Maalon, when it comes to the various deities mentioned in the old tamizl literature. But it’s actually the goddess who makes frequent appearances in these ancient tamizl landscapes. Tholkaapiyam, the oldest extant tamizl grammar available to us, only…

A Turkish Nachiyar

Indian subcontinent is filled with the most curious tales one can hear and they are very much still alive. One such story from the twelfth century features a Muslim Tughlaq woman revered to this day as Tulukka Nachiyar (literally, ‘Tughlaq Princess’ or ‘Turkish Princess’), who is said…

From the origin story of Chandravamsa to a poem on an unnamed intimacy between a Chieftain and a poet from the sangam corpus, Indian literature too can sometimes get seemingly queer.

In Tamizl grammar we find a unique way of segregating the human nature as a metaphor for the different types of consonants. There’re vallinam (sharp/harsh/masculine), mellinam (soft/subtle/feminine) and edaienam (in-between/queer) consonants in tamizl language. The queer has also been included as the essential part of nature. Nature is diverse, non-exclusive, doesn’t follow boundaries. It’s Anantha (infinity), which is also how divinity is addressed in this culture; It’s Bhraamana (which is of ever expanding nature), which is always inclusive of everything.

A very less known trope from the Mahabharata. Once, when Pandavas were in vanaprastha (in exile to forest). Arjuna encountered a strange composite being which is a combination of nine different animals. It is a part rooster, part lion, part snake, part peacock, part elephant, part bull, part deer, part…

The month which remotely feels anything like winter in the very south part of this country. The month which brings out mufflers in the early morning hours (at 25 Deg/Cel).The days that fall between december 15th — january 15th, is the Tamizl /Malayalam month of Margazli. …

Maheswaran Venthan

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