Those living by the Thirukkural will vouch for the fact that these couplets contain the very essence of life. One among them, M. Vallimuthu says he wants to tread the path laid by Thiruvalluvar’s classic.
A share autorickshaw driver who has passed class VIII, he also believes in sharing his knowledge with others.
Commuters waiting at the Guindy bus stop can spot Mr. Vallimuthu’s share auto as it stands out from the others there, with a display of a ‘kural’ (couplet) with its meaning on a blackboard on the back of his vehicle.
Plying between Guindy and Porur, Mr. Vallimuthu has been writing down a couplet every day for the past 13 years. He said the inspiration to display a couplet in his hired share auto started after seeing Solomon Papaiya’s ‘Dhinam Oru Thirukkural’ television show.
Hailing from Theni district, Mr. Vallimuthu, who started his life in the city by doing odd jobs in a hotel, claims he leads a peaceful life after his tryst with the Thirukkural.
He has also published booklets merging the couplets from Thirukkural with Avvaiyar’s Aathichuvadi as well as other Tamil teachings of Naladiyar, Moodhurai and Kondraivendan. The Thirukkural competition conducted by Thirukkural Vazhviyal Mandram, of which he is the main patron, in 2010 and 2011, saw hundreds of students participating.