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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century

V.Kanakasabai Pillai

Life sketch contributed by V.Kanakasabai Pillai's
great great grandson G.Amirthalingam, London, United Kingdom

Mr.V.Kanakasabai Pillai was born in 1855 in Tamil Nadu. His father Mr. V. Visvanatha Pillai (author of "Tamil-English Dictionary) was one of the first Sri Lankans to have graduated in an Indian University in the early part of the 19th Century. He maintained his Jaffna connection by taking a wife from Jaffna and later did the same for his son Mr.V.Kanakasabai Pillai.

Mr.V.Kanakasabai Pillai was educated in Madras and obtained a degree in B.A and Law. His first case was a success, but when he came out of the law court to board a cart, the losing party threw sand at him and cursed him. This incident made him to give up law practice and embark on writing and researching on the Ancient Civilisation of the Tamils. The result was the book called "Tamils Eighteen Hundred Years Ago" . This book contains authentic information about the ancient Tamils, their culture and literature. Scholars found this book invaluable and immensely useful as a reference to future research.

The University of Madras had this book on their list of text books for many years. The first publication of this book was in 1904, since then there were many reprints reflecting the fact that the book is in demand even after almost a century.

Mr.V.Kanakasabai Pillai passed away in 1906, two years after seeing his hard-work taken shape in the form of a book.

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