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Promoting Thirukural the miniature way

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The struggle to compete and win is in the DNA of every society, ancient or modern. While the desire to succeed burns bright only a few are destined to achieve it. Muralidharan, son of Sivasubramani and Nagavalli of Karuppa Gounder Street, Coimbatore is one such person.

Most of us know Thirukkural as the book of wisdom written several centuries back. It has been prescribed as a text book to be learnt in schools. But the entire Thirukkural in a paper roll of the size once centimetre width and 1330 centimetres length is unimaginable. This is precisely what Muralidharan has achieved.

Muralidharan revealed that as a student he had written lot of impositions. At that time he started writing small letters in order to save papers and it is that practice that has earned him world renown today. Muralidharan felt that many were not reading the entire Thirukural book because it was voluminous.

He wanted to find some way to encourage all to read Thirukkural. So he started writing Thirukkural in small letters daily spending one hour during college holidays. He wrote all the 1330 kurals in 16 hours time in a paper roll of one cm width and 1330 cm length. On the guidance of some of his friends, he sent the work to the Unique World Achievement organisation.

They recognised him as young achiever, gave recognition to the work as world level achievement and published the record in their Achievers Magazine for 2014.
If the words “World Smallest Thirukkural” is Googled, Muralidharan’s name will appear first in the search results. Apart from the above achievement, Murali has been the Organiser for a society called Ultra Journey, which is involved in blood donation and creating awareness on organ donation.

He is also personally donating blood four times in a year. He believes that if we help others we will find a mention in history. He has also announced his plan to print Thirukkural in similar font size using modern technology and distribute the same for the use of students in colleges and schools. His dream is that the people of the world, especially the students should read Thirukkural and live according to its tenets.

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