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Thirukural-On Choice Of Right Time-Kural 484

Nyalam karuthinun kaikudum kaalam

Karudhi idathaar ceyin

A man, aspiring to conquer the whole world too, will succeed

If he chooses the right time and place for action.

Even ambitions of World conquest will be possible of achievement, for a person who starts on his campaign, after careful assessment of the right time and place, and fits his plan of action to the topographical and seasonal requirements.

In this kural, Valluvar brings in place along with time, as he focused attention on the means or the instruments in the previous verse.

On the choice of right time

Thiruvalluvar in Thirukural emphasises on the choice of right time,opportunity and place, especially by an administrative to attain success.


Thirukural is an ethical treatise belonging to Tamil classical literature, written by Thiruvalluvar. In Kural 484, Thiruvalluvar points out that success in conquering the world can be attained by implementing one's carefully planned actions in the right time and place. Ramanandha Adigalar Foundation with the English translation of Thirukural has made it available for a larger reading mass.

Story first published: Monday, November 8, 2010, 17:52 [IST]
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