Me Thinks

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Kannagi is one of the "paavam" characters of Tamil. She was so nice that she even readily accepted a husband who cheated on her. All in the name of being a "patthini". Some soul must've said "A patthini always forgives her husband, no matter how grave his mistake is". The true patthini she was, she did the same. There ends her greatness, if you ask me. After all the turn of events, she was angry with the king who killed her husband on false charges and to avenge him, she burnt the whole of Madurai with her curse. Madurai is the capital of "true" Tamil. And she burnt THAT city. This is a story.

But what exactly did Kannagi do to deserve the respect of all tamilians born anywhere in the world I don't know. She is a charcter you may or may not like. But how is that like or dislike connected to your love for tamil or tamilians? Say this loud and you'd be termed an anti-tamil person. How is her statue more important than any other statue in Marina? After Jayalalithaa decided to remove her statue, suddenly, her statue became more important than the rest. Apparently, when TN's current CM saw her statue covered with dust-bunnies, he cried.

Dear CM, there are thousands of people in TN who are dying without proper medical care, dying because of riots in the name of (political)parties and all, please spare a thought/tear for them. These people are alive unlike this statue.

Is that me that typed all this? Whats with me?


Blogger ashok said...

atleast some one shares my view here... :)

1:31 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

our CM has redeemed the self respect of Tamils..neenga enna ipdi solteenga ;)

9:06 PM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

Ashok, left a comment at your post.
Ajay, "dhoda..." as they say in Chennai.:-)

10:03 PM  
Blogger Prabhu said...

Kallaanalum kanavan, pullanalum purushan :)
Whether mythical or not, her character deserves respect for it drew moral boundaries for a tamil woman.
Just like some customs dont make sense to us now, her acts 2000 years back doesnt make sense to us. May be it made sense then.
who knows?

10:13 PM  
Blogger Me said...

enna deepa yenna prechanay la maati udrathukaagaye indha post pota maadhri theriyudhu....nan varla indha valayaatuku.....

10:41 PM  
Blogger tris said...

Is she even Tamil. Wasn't she from Mallu land - that is how she was shown in Shyam Benegal's "Discovery of India" - in white and gold with a Mohini attam dancer's kondai.

I think she came over to TN just to burn down Madurai :-).

10:49 PM  
Blogger பரத் said...

I agree with Prabu...
2000 varushaththukku munthaya kalachaaram,ozhukkam appadippattathu.ippa namma irukkara mana nilayoda paartha sariya irukkathu.
And silappathikaaram is one of the finest Lit. works in tamil .neenga othukittalum illavittalum ivai thamizharin adayaazhangal.ippadithaan vaalnthirukkom ngrathukku saatchi.
'vaasthu' sariyillainnu atha thookinathu romba Abatham.thiruppi silayai angaye vachathukku MK-yin arasiyal potti manappanmai thaan karanam endralum..ithu sariyaana mudivuthaan.

3:06 AM  
Blogger ashok said...

*thanks tilo for clarifying the doubt i had for a long time...but wer ever she is from..I hate her for ruining my city :)

*Barath...on a serious note, the literary value of Ilango's work in undoubtablly great. But that doesnt mean we cannot critize the fictious characters he created.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Kaps said...

they need to show something as achievement and these kind of things are easy to accomplish.

5:54 AM  
Blogger The Talkative Man said...

MGR kooda thaan Mallu land-la irundha vaandhaaru...ennamaa kalakku kalakkitaaru ;-)

7:30 AM  
Blogger I said...

I suspect Kannagi was great in bed.

5:25 PM  
Blogger D The Dreamer said...

An interesting answer to your question can be found here.
D the D

10:49 PM  
Blogger பரத் said...

/*But that doesnt mean we cannot critize the fictious characters he created. */
correct...we can.
ஆனா...இப்படிப்பார்த்தால் எந்த பழங்கால காவியங்களிலும் நியாயமோ,லாஜிக்கோ கிடையாது.உதாரணமா நம்ம இதிகாசங்கள்...
1)ஊரார் பேச்சைக்கேட்டுக்கொண்டு,மனைவிமேல சந்தேகப்பட்டு தீயில் இறங்கச் சொல்லி Test செய்த
அயோ(க்கி)த்தி ராமனை கொண்டாடுவதுதான் ராமயணம்
2)5 ஆண்களை மணந்து கொண்ட பாஞ்ஜாலியை பத்தினி என்க்கூறுவது மகாபாரதம்.
இவையெல்லமே காலம் சார்ந்த நியாயங்கள்.நான் Stress குடுத்தது இதுக்கில்ல அந்த சிலயை அங்கிருந்து எடுத்திருக்க வேண்டாமே(அற்ப காரணத்திற்காக)என்று தான்.

12:21 AM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

I am reminded of the actress Vijayakumari's overacting in Poompuhaar. SSR was great in that movie. Wait, Am I writing this?

12:51 PM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

Me, are you cheating?j/k....;-)
Tilo, is she mallu? wow! that gives a twist. So the regional fights started way earlier than I thought. A Mallu woman burning a tamil capital.:-)
Barath and Prabhu, burning down a city doesn't make sense to some of us now. Agree. But that shouldn't take away the right from any of us to make a choice between liking or disliking that character.
Ashok - "my city"...adi sakka!:-)
Kaps, thats true. Uninstalling and re-nstalling a statue is the easiest thing to do. Thats why 2 "wise" people are indulging in that.
I, no points for guessing why you made that comment, which is so unrelated to the issue.
Barath, as an aside, wanna share with you the story I heard sometime ago. Apparently, when Sita asked lakshmana to go and look out for Rama, who went in search of the deer, Lakshmana refused as he was worried for Sita's safety and knew nobody could harm his brother. Sita, in an attempt to force him to leave said "You have feelings for me and thats why you are refusing to go". And those words "thee pol suttadhu" for Lakshmana. Rama wanted to teach her a lesson and wanted her to realize how the "thee sutta" feeling was. So he asked her to walk on fire. This may or maynot be true but thought you might be interested in this side story.
TTM, you an MGR fan?
D the D, thanks for the link. Will check that out.
Rajesh, yeah Vijayakumari as usual over-acted but when I think Kannagi, I can only picturise Kannambal.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Hari said...

Kannagi Selai is in Chennai which has no relation to the story!
Is there a Kannagi Selai in Madurai..
no.. i remember only a Thevar selai!
Our poor CM cried for Kannagi (Selai)?
Was Kannagi DMK?

11:31 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

//Our poor CM cried for Kannagi (Selai)//
u mean Sari???

9:19 PM  
Blogger பரத் said...

/*Tilo, is she mallu? wow! that gives a twist. A Mallu woman burning a tamil capital.:-)*/

This is absurd.kannagi is a அக்மார்க் தமிழ் பொண்ணு.Her birth place:kaaviripoom pattinam.
Her father was a Wealthy merchant in KP.But there is a connection between kerala and kannagi.Let me explain..
after the destruction of madurai,she went to kerala(via kaniyakumari).she was stopped at attukal.those people made a temple for her.And they consider that as the sabarimala of women.every year they celebrate a 10 days festival for kannagi.You can find a kannagi temple in srilanka also.
The story was interesting.I never heard of this story.does it come under "kamba ramayana"?.Im searching abt the story.
so you feel the logical equation is solved!! :)
அந்த ஊருக்கு நல்லது பண்ணின தேவருக்குதான் சிலை வைப்பாங்க.ஊர எரிச்ச கண்ணகிக்கு அந்த ஊர்ல சிலை வைப்பாங்கன்னு எப்படி எதிர்பார்க்க முடியும்?(இன்னும் கூட அஷோக் கோவமா இருக்காரு).But Chennai is the most perfect place for her statue.Coz the theme of the story is..
"அரசியல் பிழைத்தோர்க்கு அறம் கூற்றாகும்"
அதாவது நீதி தவறி ஆட்சி பண்ணினா ,கண்டிப்பா ஆப்பு உண்டுன்னு அர்த்தம்
ஓரு சாமனியனின் சக்தியின் அடையாளம்னு கூட சொல்லலாம்.Hence that statue should be in our political capital.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Nilu said...

yeah, death to Tilo.

thangavillai en thamizh nenjam.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not anyone's fan. But TN people hyped him up like anything. Vijayakanth is next in line to Fort St.George. Ajith is nexter. Simbhu is nextest!!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Hari said...

Thanks for the explanation!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Me too said...

Guess why Kaundamani and Senthil comedy faded away in TN?? Cos' of TN's real mega-reality Show!!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In M.Kumaran S/O mahalakshmi, vivek comments about the same. Indha kannagi, kovalan, and that raja moonu perukkulla daan sandai. adukku en unnecessaryaa madurai erikkanam??? and after all that they blame the college students when they burn buses when something goes wrong with the college...

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saddamkkukaaga, Iraqa azhikalla. Adhey madhiri dhaan.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idavida kaamedy ennanna, Gnani-nnu oruthan (you might have seen him on tv giving anti-brahmin, anti-hindu talks.. looks like actor madhanbob's twin brother..) wrote "Kannagi enna karadi bommaya?" in ananda vigadan.. adukku karunanidhi periyathaatha's followers burnt copies of anandha vigadan.. aprom vaali wrote another kavidhai in the talaippu "kannagi karadi bommaya?" and later ananda vigadan carries an editorial on the same topic..

kannagi selai controversy-nnaala, anandha vigadan semma sales.. karadi bommai oda sales ada minjudu

inime edavadu bommai sales increase aaganumna, "Bharathiyar enna barbie doll-a?","tiruvalluvar enna Thomas the train-a?" appadi ippadinnu evanayavadu ezhuda sollalam..

3:05 AM  
Blogger Syam said...

ivanugaluku vera velai r rite..naatla ethanayo problems iruka ithu romba mukkiyam.... :-)

1:16 PM  
Blogger Me said...


9:34 AM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

Hari, looks like Ajay is a stickler. You should've spelt Silai.;-)
Ajay, that was a kadi.
Barath, I heard this story sometime ago. I am not sure where it appears.
Tilo, whats with nilu?
TTM, Ajith?!?! How?
Me too, thats very true.
Anon, burning bus can never be pardoned. Rajesh seems to think Kannagi is that century's George Bush.
lol...Bubby, I heard about Gnani's nelamai. Thevaya?
Me, I was hibernating. Back now.

1:28 PM  

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