I have always wanted to know about this song. Can you post the whole song, with explanations?More amazing is this old song by Kannadasan.
The use of the word 'kaai' is really amazing.
Kaai as a noun means unripe fruit.It is also used for vegetables' names. As a verb, it can mean unripe, shine, feel bitter, or scold.
Many of the words he employs in this song seem like vegetable or fruit names but in fact a different meaning. Simply amazing!
First line is "Athikkai kai kai"
Athikkai means fig fruit but the meaning here is 'in that direction' (A + thikku+ ai)
thikku - direction
ai - towards
kai - shine
Athikkai kai kai - Shine (rays) in that direction; shine on.
Similarly all the words ending in 'kai' are neither fruits nor vegetables but have a different meaning altogether.