The officer said he has had more than the usual exposure to Tamil literature, in particular the treatise of Tirukkural, from an early age, since his parents were teachers.
Thirunavukkarasu said he had been reading out a couplet from the Kural every day for many years as he thought it would motivate him. “Life has become stressful for most of us and I thought reading out one couplet from the Kural daily would help and motivate me. I have been doing it for years.” The 44-year old officer hit upon the idea of introducing the practice of reading or reciting a couplet from the Kural to police personnel working under him to benefit them too.
“So with the permission of my superior officers, I started the practice of reciting one couplet from the Kural before the start of the roll call every day for police personnel about seven years ago.”
It worked well as it became a kind of a stress buster for them, he said. “I choose an appropriate couplet everyday to sync with the specific task assigned for the personnel and it guides and motivates them,” he says.
Even as he was doing it, he found school going children to be “many times more burdened than we were.” So he hit upon the idea of making short animated videos on Kural for them.
In the videos, he gives the voice-over; illustrates the concepts of Kural by interspersing the lives of great men and women, ranging from kings of the yore to modern day scientists so that the children can connect to the idea.
The officer said he found that the videos he made and shared were liked not only by children, but adults as well. “It is shared on WhatsApp by many people and I even got calls from the Tamil diaspora, appreciating the time spent for taking the Kural to more people through such short videos,” he said.
On Sept 1, he released his book “Thirukkuralodu Naam,” (We with Thirukkural) and launched www.thirukkuralodunaam. com portal as well which hosts short animated videos on Kural.