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Thirukural-On Choice Of Right Place(Arena)-Kural-493

Aatraarum aatri aduba-idan arindhu
Poatraar kan poatriceyin

Even with a weaker force you will still prevail against a stronger army
If you choose the right place ad operate with care.

This translation is based on Rajaji"s elaborate interpretation. He says that you may be weaker in your army, but if you choose the right theatre to give battle, and if your operations of war are designed and executed with great care, you may easily win, as if you had a much bigger army at your disposal.

The expression “Poatraar kan poatri" would mean that you should be in a position to foresee and appreciate, in some detail, what the enemy is likely to do and effectively forestall him, according to Parithi. This is obviously the essence of military strategy, which Valluvar was fairly conversant with apparently.

Right Place

Thiruvalluvar discusses about the importance of the right place to carryout one's plans. In Kural 493, he states that even a weaker force can achieve success, while carrying out operations from the right place.


Thirukural is an ethical treatise belonging to Tamil classical literature, written by Thiruvalluvar. In Kural 492, Thiruvalluvar points talks about the importance of defensive fortification. Ramanandha Adigalar Foundation with the English translation of Thirukural has made it available for a larger reading public.

Story first published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 17:48 [IST]