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நாளொரு பக்கம் 53

நாளொரு பக்கம் 53

Friday, the 17th April 2015

चिन्तनीया हि विपदां आदावेव प्रतिक्रिया |
न कूपखननं युक्तं प्रदीप्ते वन्हिना गॄहे ||
There are three expressions in Tamil, which, freely translated, refer to ‘being pro-active’ [வருமுன் காப்போன்] / ‘just in, just out’ [வந்தா பாத்துக்கலாம்!]/ ‘fire-fighting’ [வந்த பின் காப்போன்]. The village railway station receives one train in the morning and one in the evening. But, Munchaakkiraithai Munusaami will enquire thousand times before crossing the lines. The thaarakamantra for most governances in India seems to be   வந்தா பாத்துக்கலாம்! The Subhashitham is about the silliness behind ‘fire-fighting’. One instance of each may illustrate the wisdom behind this adage.

  1. Preventive vaccination. 
  2. Tobacco & Cancer.
  3. Tsunami handling. (There were two global warnings beforehand).

Literally translated, the Subhashitham says:

“ It is improper to start digging the well after the house has caught fire! We should be pro-active i.e. we should have the solutions ready even before some problem comes to us.”