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Proverb : Evil Deed

தன் வினை தன்னைச் சுடும் , ஓட்டப்பம் வீட்டை  சுடும் .

Than vinai thannais sudum, ottappam veetai sudum.

One’s deed will burn him, pan cake with evil intention will burn the house.



Patinathar or Pattina Pillayar is very famous Tamil Shidda poet. One of the legends say he was big merchant in Kaveri Pattinam and his original name was Vekata Chetti and one of the most influential people of his age. Then there are various legends either his ships returned with gold or his son brought cow dung back when questioned it changed to gold.While he was happy to get the gold, a saint visited his house and delivered a package to his wife. When he returned to his house and opened the package he saw a needle without hole and with a message even this needle wont come with you when you are dead. This made him understand he was greedy with material possessions and became a naked saint. He begged for alms. His Sister was so ashamed of him she invited him to his house and gave him appam with poison. Patinathar with his siddic powers understood it and placed it in her roof and went away. The house due to his meditative powers burnt. So the proverb means your deed will burn you and if you do harm to others that will also burn you.


  1. Good one..

    Sreeni – Appam and Pan cake – nice translation!! ha ha

  2. How else can i translate this? Ya, it sounds funny but atleast the explanation is clear 🙂

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