Thee Natpu-82nd chapter of Thirukural-
( Bad friendship)
(Friendship with people without culture is useless and should be avoided , says the poet. A friend should help you when you are in need and should not desert when you are in trouble.)
1.Paruguvaar polinum panpilaar kenmai,
Perugalin kundral inithu.
1.Even if people without culture seek your friendship ,
Like we seek the food we like, that friendship will decrease not increase.
2.Urun nattu arinorum oppilaar kenmai,
Perinum izhappinum yen.
2.What would happen if we lose the friendship of a person,
Who cultivates it when he gets benefit and leaves it when he does not get anything .
3.Uruvathu cheer thookum natpum peruvathu,
Kolvarum kalvarum ner.
3.Friends who measure benefits of friendship, those who do not bother,
About love but are bothered about only the thing they get and thieves are one and the same.
4.Amarakathu aatharukkum kallaamaa annaar ,
Thamarin thanimai thalai.
4. Rather than getting friendship of a person who is like an ignorant horse ,
Which pushes you off when war starts in the battle field, it is better to be alone.
5.Chithemum charaa chiriyavar pun kenmai ,
Yeithalin yeithaamai nandru.
5. It is better not to have friendship of an inferior person ,
Who grants us friendship but does not bother to protect us.
6,Pethai perumkkezhee natpin arivudayaar,
Yethinmai Jodi perum.
6.Not having friendship of a wise person,
Is crore times better than having close friendship of an ignorant person.
7.Nakaivakayarakiya natpin pakaivaraal,
Pathadutha kodi perum.
7.The harm caused by open enemies is crore times better,
Than friendship of a person who does not love you but shows a smiling face at you.
8.Ollum karumam udaththupavar kenmai,
Chollaadaar chora vidal.
8.The friendship of those who make the act which we are capable of doing,
Not possible to do , should be left even without informing him.
9.Kanvinum innathu manno vinai veru,
Chol veru pattaar thodarpu.
9.Friendship of a person who tells something and does some other thing,
Is not desirable to us even in dreams.
10.Yenaithum kurukuthal ombal manai kezhee ,
Mandril pazhippar thodarpu.
10.Friendship of those who praise you while being alone in the house
But chide you in public should not be accepted even toi a small extent.