Being the state
where Mahatma Gandhi – who believed in non-violence, non-killing,
abstinence, truthfulness and vegetarianism – was born, the state of
Gujarat has paid some attention to the Kural. There are two Gujarati
translations, the first one by Najnklal Choksi in 1931 and the second
one by Kantilal L. Kalani in 1971. The second one, a selection of 852
couplets, was republished in 1985 by Sardar Patel University, Vallabh
Vidhya Nagar. Kantilal covered all chapters in Tirukkural but translated
only select couplets (of four to ten) from every chapter.
presented here is that of Kantilal L. Kalani. The book serially numbers
the select 852 couplets without any due consideration to their original
numbering. Here the couplets have been designated their original
numbers, leaving the un-translated ones blank. These blanks will be
filled once I manage to get hold of the translation by Najnklal Choksi.