Prabhakaran had come to personify the movement, and his end, so wretched, became the emblem of Tamil defeat and Sinhalese triumph.
Many displaced Tamil civilians now live in makeshift camps, and are threatened by malnutrition and disease.
For one thing, they are often completely inappropriate: I've seen wool sweaters sent to tropical Tamil Nadu.
Two years later, the Singaporean faked his death by having his brother and wife tell others he was killed by Tamil rebels.
Months after the Kumbakonam tragedy, a far greater one slammed into the Tamil Nadu coast: the tsunami of December 2004.
Her Tamil name is Chrysanthemum, which by the change of one letter becomes Spider.
There is a Tamil proverb to the effect that a Kallan may come to be a Maravan.
This characteristic seems not to be personal but to mark the whole school of Tamil Śaiva writers.
A Tamil proverb has it that he who crushes the bud of the arka earns merit.
For some reason, Tamil Vaishnavas object to mentioning the last by name, and call it moonavadu, or the third.