Natpu-79th chapter of Thirukural-
(The great poet has defined what is friendship in this chapter .If I had some power, I would have made it as compulsory reading material for the entire population. He says outward smile does not indicate friendship but a smile which rises from the inside does..Please read each and every one of these gems. Perhaps your life would change for the better,)
1.Cheyarkkariya yaavula , natpin athupol,
Vinaikriya yavula kappu.
1.What can be better than making a friend,
And what are better there than it as a security for a job.
2.Nirai neera neeravar kenmai , pirai mathi ,
Pin neera pethayaar natpu.
2.The friendship with wise people is like a waxing moon,
And friendship with ignorant ones is like a waning moon.
3.Navil thorum nool nayam polum payilthorum,
3.Like the greatness of a book increases with more learning,
The friendship with cultured people gives increasing joy.
4.Naguthar poruttandru natal miguthikan,
Mer chendru idithar poruttu.
4.Developing friendship is not just for laughing together ,
But also to criticize if the friend does job against dharma.
5.Punarchi pazhakuthal vendaa unarchi thaan,
5.For developing friendship contact and moving with each other is not needed,
But can be developed by knowing the virtues of each other , even without seeing.
6.Muka naka natpathu natpandru , nenjathu ,
Aka naka natpathu natpu.
6.Friendship is not just having a smile in the face ,
But it is the happiness which comes from inside .
7.Azhivimavai neeki aaruynthu azhivin kan,
7.Friendship consists of stopping a friend from going to evil ways,
And becoming sad when he is sorrowing.
8.Udukkai izhanthavan kai pola,
Idukkan kalaivathaam natpu.
8.Just like the hand holding his cloths when it slips,
Friendship consists of helping to sorrow for the other when it comes to the other.
9.Natpirkku veethirukkai yaathenil kotpindri ,
Ollumvai oondrum nilai .
9.The great property of friendship is standing with stability ,
Without change with your friend, come what may.
10.Inayar ivaremakku innam yam yendru,
Punayinum pullenum natpu.
10.Measuring friendship saying that his friendship is so muchg strong,
And my friendship is so much strong , is belittling friendship.