Thirukkural Stories for Children
by Dr. Saroja Ilangovan
Forward by the Author
I feel fortunate to be born as a Tamil woman and to learn about Thiruvallural, who created this marvelous code of ethics Thirukkural about 2038 years ago. The morals illustrated by the Kurals (two line couplets) can be applied to any world citizen regardless of religion or ethnic background.
Based on the Kural’s meaning, I created fictional stories. This book is mainly written for young minds ages 6 to 10 years old to serve as a beacon for a happy, guilt-free, joyous life. The names are not indicative of any real persons. The personal photographs and the scenery shots are from my collection. The people in the photographs have given their permission to be included in the book.
The donations offered for this book will be used for education of under privileged children I Periyar Nagammai Illam in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.
I wish to offer my gratitude to my children, especially Kani Ilangovan, and to my husband Dr. Somasundaram Ilangovan for their inspiration, typing, editing and loving encouragement.
Saroja Ilangovan, M.D.
May 18, 2009
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