Avai Anjamai-73rd Chapter of Thirukkural-
(Not getting scared of the audience)
(THiruvalluvar feels that one of the essential qualities of a speaker , is not getting scared of the audience . He says just like only some soldiers fight courageously and die, Only good speakers do not get scared of any audience.)
1.Vakai arinthu vallavai vaai choraar chollin ,
Thogai arintha thooymai yavar.
1,Very learned people, after understanding the nature of audience ,
Would not make errors even by mistakes.
2.Kaththarul kaththaar yenapadupavar, kaththaar mun,
Kaththa chela cholluvaar.
2.Those who can make learned people understand what they have learnt,
Would be regarded as learned among learned people.
3.Pagayakathu chaavaar yeliyar , Ariyar ,
3.There are many who courageously fight enemies and die,
But only few can address without fear a learned audience
4.Kathaar mun kaththa chela cholli thaam katha,
Mikkarul mikka kolal .
4.A person should be able to tell clearly a group of learned people,
But attempt to learn from people who are more learned than him.
5.Aaththin alavu arinthu karka , avai anjaa ,
Maththam koduthal poruttu.
5.Various learned books should be properly learnt , for the purpose,
Of fearless answering questions from such books by the learned people.
6.Vaaloden van kannar allarkku nooloden ,
6.What is the relation with sword to those who are not fearless soldiers,
And What is their relation with learned books to those who are scared to address the audience.
7.Pagayakathu pedikai olva; avayakathu ,
Anjumavan kaththa nool.
7.The books that are learnt by one who is scared to address the audience,
Are similar to sharp sword with a coward in the battle field.
8.Pallavai kaththum bayamilare nallavayul,
Nanku chela chollaa thaar.
8.Those who are not able to address a learned audience well,
In spite of their learning great books are useless to the world.
9.Kallathavarin kadai yenba kaththarinthum,
Nalllaar avai anjuvaar.
9.If those who are very learned are scared of the audience ,
Are even worse than those who are learned.
10.Ular yeninum yillarodu oppar kalan anji ,
Kaththu chela chollathavar.