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The Sweet Salt of Tamil: Things We Do Not Know about Tamil Country Paperback

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What does Tamil taste like?With a history of three millennia and spoken by 90 million people toda... Read More

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What does Tamil taste like?

With a history of three millennia and spoken by 90 million people today, Tamil is at once ancient and modern. It is the oldest surviving language of the world. How is this Dravidian tongue different from other languages that look towards Sanskrit? Why was black the ideal of beauty for Tamils? Why do they not care for Deepavali? Why is the god Siva different from the North Indian Shiva? How does ‘curry’ trace its roots to the Tamil kari? When was the first idli made?

A verse in the Thirukkural says: ‘The right salt brings out love’s sweetness/ It kills the taste when less or in excess.’ Adding a dash of salt to Tamil’s sweetness, Tho Paramasivan, the greatest chronicler of all things Tamil, tells us the things we do not know about Tamil country.

Review
‘An adventure story … an encyclopaedia … a magic show’—Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

‘This book sent shockwaves through the Tamil world’—Perumal Murugan

‘Never ceases to amaze and provoke thought’—Anirudh Kanisetti

‘Information, excavation, humour and poetry converge here’—Amit Chaudhuri

‘Digs deep to unearth the manifold riches of Tamil … brilliant’—Sudha Gopalakrishnan

‘Provocative and stimulating … a rewarding read’—Manu S. Pillai

About the Author
Thoppaithass Paramasivan (1950–2020) is one of the most respected scholars of Tamil. He was professor of Tamil at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. He is known for Azhagar Koil, a landmark study of the Kallazhagar temple near Madurai. The author of over fifteen books, in 2022, the Government of Tamil Nadu honoured ThoPa by nationalising his works.

A former first-class cricketer, V. Ramnarayan is a writer, translator and editor. He has written extensively on cricket and the performing arts.

Product Details

Title: The Sweet Salt of Tamil: Things We Do Not Know about Tamil Country Paperback
Publisher: Navayana
ISBN: 9788195838509
SKU: BK0472599
EAN: 9788195838509
Number Of Pages: 192
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

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