Nov 30th

The falling star

By mgk

Yet again to another night of despair and despatch, a star at fall was wished upon. 

 

Twinkling and illuminating the moon, they spent their lives under low fame. 

 

Only on the night of despatch was when people wished for, the star, to fall.

 

 Schadenfreude were the wishers yet never did the fallingstar fail to please them.

 

Not at the receiving end of love though was a lover for eternity.

 

There fell a star again, to another night of despair and despatch.  

 

 

- mgk 

 

 

Nov 30th

TIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 107 - COUPLETS 7,8,9,10

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 107 – இரவச்சம்

CHAPTER 107 – ON FEAR OF BEGGING.

***

107/07. இரப்பன் இரப்பாரை எல்லாம் இரப்பின்

கரப்பார் இரவன்மின் என்று.

 

107/07. Irappan irappaarai ellaam irappin

Karappaar iravanmin endrru.

 

107/07. “I humbly request those,

 Who happen to go for begging,

Never go to a man who has things

 But doesn’t want to give.”

***

Bindya: First time one must make a trial,

To find out who gives or gives not,

And then he must not go to that man,

 Who will not give.

 

Chaaya: What you say is correct.

He must first find out,

Who has larger heart,

To give what he wants.

 

He must avoid then,

Such a miserly person,

Who has plenty of money,

But he dislikes sparing any.

 

Only a man in wants,

Knows other man’s wants.

Others have no chance

To know the word “wants.”

***

107/08. இரவென்னும் ஏமாப்பில் தோணி கரவென்னும்

பார்தாக்கப் பக்கு விடும்.

 

107/08. Iravennum aemaappil thoinni karavennum

Paarthaakkap pakku vidum.

 

107/08. If one goes to a person,

 Who has things but refuses to give,

It is like one who sailed in a boat without anchor,

 That dashed against a rock and broke. 

***

Bindya: The poet is giving very good examples

While discouraging a beggar not to go to a miser.

 

Chaaya: A boat without any anchor

Will be drifting away in water

By the blowing winds,

And dash against rocks.

 

Likewise, if one goes to a miser,

He has money, but won’t spare,

Even a coin from his pocket,

But drives first that beggar out.

 

So, the poet humbly requests,

Not to go to those misers,

Who’ll never spare a coin,

To anyone, not even to his son.

***

107/09. இரவுள்ள உள்ளம் உருகும்; கரவுள்ள

உள்ளதூஉம் இன்றிக் கெடும்.

 

107/09. Iravulla ullam urughum; karavulla

Ulladhoom indrrik kedum.

 

107/09. It is a pity that a poor man begs.

 A rich man has wealth but he refuses to give.

The rich man when he says “No,”

His money also like that will “Go.”

***

Bindya: A rich man feels that if he gives to one beggar

Ten beggars will come behind him.

 So, he doesn’t want to give anyone.

 

Chaaya: That is also an acceptable fact.

But he can intelligently find out,

Who is a deserving beggar,

To whom money he can offer.

 

Outright if he says “No” to all,

It doesn’t seem to be well,

For he must do some charity

To those men in dire poverty.

 

If rich becomes too rich,

And poor becomes too poor,

That situation is also unfair,

As it’ll activate endless terror.

***

107/10. கரப்பவர்க்கு யாங்கொளிக்கும் கொல்லோ? இரப்பவர்

சொல்லாடப் போஓம் உயிர்.

 

107/10. Karappavarkku yaangkollikkum kollo? Irappavar

Sollaadap poam uyir.

 

107/10. When a beggar narrates his difficulties

At that time where the life of rich man goes

When he has things but refuses to give him?

***

Bindya: That rich man hardens his heart

And says “No” to the beggar.

 

Chaaya: When he said, “No,”

His life anywhere didn’t go,

It was right with him only,

But it was dead partially.

 

He had no mind to give.

His body didn’t move.

His mouth only said, “No,”

And his hands waved him to “Go.”

 

Many rich kept dogs at their gates.

These dogs bark on seeing beggars.

So, the rich need not even say, “No.”

The beggars seeing dogs, they “Go.”

***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 30th

TIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 107 - COUPLETS 4,5,6

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 107 – இரவச்சம்

CHAPTER 107 – ON FEAR OF BEGGING.

***

107/04. இடம்எல்லாம் கொள்ளாத் தகைத்தே இடம்இல்லாக்

காலும் இரவொல்லாச் சால்பு.

 

107/04. Idamellaam kollaath thagaiththe idamillaak

Kaalum iravollaach chaalbhu.

 

107/04. If one does not go for begging even at a time

There is no other alternative except to go for begging

His great decision is bigger than all the places in the Universe.

***

Bindya: He has so much aversion for begging

He may starve and die rather than go for alms.

 

Chayya: He is really a great man

Who took a strong decision

Not to go out for alms

But stay starved in the house.

 

His neighbors heard his decision,

Gave him food in appreciation,

 And opened for him a small shop,

That gave him some hope.

 

The world merits such great men,

Who hate begging profession,

And comes to his rescue then

Thro’ some kind hearted person.

***

107/05. தெண்ணீர் அடுபுற்கை யாயினும் தாள்தந்தது

உண்ணலின் ஊங்கினியது இல்.

 

107/05. Thenneer adupurrkkai yaayinum thallthandhadhu

Unnalin oonginiyadhu il.

 

107/05. Pure water and boiled gruel, both taken from

One’s own earnings, gives him happiness,

Nothing else will give him more happiness.

***

Bindya:  If one takes a small meal 

It appears to him as a big meal,

As he took it from his own earnings.

 

Chaaya:  So long as he has not gone

For begging from anyone,

Instead of taking a begging bowl,

He took some self-earned-gruel.

 

Had he taken a begging bowl,

He might have got tasty meal,

Better than water and gruel,

What he took as small meal.

 

His own fear to beg he had,

But then he was so proud,

That he didn’t beg for food,

But with gruel, he was satisfied.

***

107/06. ஆவிற்கு நீரென்று இரப்பினும் நாவிற்கு

இரவின் இளிவந்தது இல்.                               

 

107/06. Avirrku neerendrru irappin naavirrku

Iravin illivandhadhu il.

 

107/06. If one begs for his cow “Please give water to cow,”

For his tongue it is the worst than anything else.

***

Bindya: Water is available in plenty everywhere

And to beg for water for his cow is also very bad.

 

Chaaya: Will anyone beg for water

For his cow, when water

Is available everywhere?

That shows his silly behavior.

 

Some people ask for cheap things,

As their regular begging habits

Are so mixed in their bloods,

Which put words in their tongues

 

Better, they change their habits,

Not to make them confirmed beggars,

By asking others small favors,

Which they can do with their own hands.

 

***

Nov 30th

TIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 107 - COUPLETS 1,2,3

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 107 – இரவச்சம்

CHAPTER 107 – ON FEAR OF BEGGING.

***

107/01. கரவாது உவந்தீயும் கண்ணன்னார் கண்ணும்

இரவாமை கோடி உறும்.

 

107/01. Karavaadhu uvandheeyum kannannaar kannum

Iravaamai kodi urrum.

 

107/01. It is better not to beg from a person like eyes,

Who is giving beggars always without, saying “No.”

It is crore times good for him.

***

Bindya: A person feels shy of begging

He fears to go out and beg.

 

Chaaya: One will think several times,

To go for others’ obligations,

Because he never used to ask anyone

On any previous occasion.

 

He knows begging is inferior,

And not begging is superior,

But necessity forces him

To ask someone this time.

 

Sometime fear of begging,

Is there for one, but necessity

Forces him due to poverty,

To shed his shy of begging.

***

107/02. இரந்தும் உயிர்வாழ்தல் வேண்டின் பரந்து

கெடுக உலகியற்றி யான்.

 

107/02. Irandhum uyirvaazhdhal venndin parandhu

Keduga ulagiyatrri yaan.

 

107/02. If the Creator of this world has ordered that everyone must beg

Then let Him also get destroyed wandering here and there for begging.

***

Bindya: The intention of the poet may be

God has not created this world as a land of beggars.

This is a man made profession.

 

Chayya: Creator has created this world,

Perfectly as designed for mankind,

But it is the man, who misused

The natural resources of this land.

 

There are so many reasons,

Why there are many beggars,

Who’ve no other means to live,

Other than begging just to survive.

 

Creator is rich enough to survive.

He need not beg for a living.

He also gives world all the riches

To be shared by all living persons,

***

107/03. இன்மை இடும்பை இரந்துதீர் வாம்என்னும்

வன்மையின் வன்பாட்டது இல்.

 

107/03. Inmai idumbai irandhutheer vaamennum

Vanmaiyin vanpaattadhu il.

 

107/03. A person to believe that he will able to destroy poverty

By begging is nothing but his obstinacy.

***

Bindya: Even if he begs lifelong

 He cannot solve poverty.

 

Chayya: it is nothing but his obstinacy,

And he is very much lazy,

 He doesn’t want to work hard

And manage his livelihood.

 

If he has no family to maintain,

As a beggar he can remain,

But if he has wife and children,

How he’ll support everyone?

 

Will begging solve their problems?

Who will take care of them?

He must go for work then,

For them, if he has more concern.

***

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 29th

"GENIUSNESS" IN ACTION (Charlie)

By AnuMadav

Tessa and Charlie. Another romantic love story. Of running and chasing. About falling in love. A love that is ordinary. A love that is extraordinarily attained. A love that springs without actual meeting: one that is devoid of physical sharing; one that is devoid of give and take; one that is devoid of looks and talks. Something that does not springs out of void. Something that does not spring out of any commitment or ideology. A space that is ethereal and at the same time disgusting. A space not everyone wishes to be in. A space filled with "geniusness". Something that is not just creativity or success or perseverance or satisfaction alone. Still, not something that is not all these put together. A space where predators and preys exist. Side by side. Without armours and shields. A raw real world. But how does "geniusness" exist here? With nothing to be covered or protect itself with in this real, harsh, mundane world that is filled with priorities and prejudices? Or is "geniusness" just another illusion for sustaining hope and magic in this world? Charlie clearly evades an explanation to all these questions yet addresses its core: that Art transcends life; that Art reflects Life; that Art reinforces Life; that Art is born out of Life. That Art and Life are partners in Action. But this is all what Art and Life are: Inseparable partners under tiring circumstances blossoming into one another. Yet they remain apart, away from "geniusness" until one takes a chance to risk. A risk to mingle their Art and Life with Danger. A conscious choice. Something that is born of vulnerability. Something that is ever- prepared to face adversity. With hope of success in its own endeavour. Something that is strong yet very soft and sensitive. Something that is visible yet invisible- a translucent flimsy material that keeps moving along. And "geniusness" is something that undertakes trials to preserve it: The Goodness. A responsibility. A burden. Willingly done. Whole heartedly. It is this that elevates it. Risks willingly taken to protect innocent smiles. Something that is neither an idea nor normal practicality. Something that is not an easy route. Something that remains in abundance; Something that is still difficult to attain. Something that does not conform; Something that creates its own boundaries; Something that expands its own space; Something that draws its own horizon. Something that inherently possesses a purpose for its life. A celebration of an ordinary cause. The common goodness. An extraordinary touch to ordinariness.

Nov 29th

LOVE AND LIFE: A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD?! (Dil to Pagal Hai)

By AnuMadav

Love stories exist. They had. They do. And they will. They must. For a healthy living. Love stories exist here too- Four lives with three pairs of lovers. While A loves B; B loves C; C loves D. Nisha, Rahul, Pooja and Ajay. And, for each pair, 'love' has a different meaning: One borders on insanity: Nisha- Rahul. Another, on care, affection and thanksgiving: Pooja- Ajay. Both are strong bondages. Speakable; Expressable. Yet, they can never match up to excellence. There is something still leftover. Unfulfilled. And for the third pair, Pooja- Rahul, 'love' swings upon an invisible thread. Yet, it is exhaustive and consumable. One that is deeply felt. Yet, it is the one that is deeply marked by silence. A space where power and passion could culminate in excellence. Still, it is a space where public could render very easily into private and private could easily peep out into public. A space where the unexpressed seems real and spoken, illusionary. A space where quest for adventure overtakes the necessity for safety. A dangerous zone. But, is this all what Love and Life are about? Care and Danger handed down together in a platter in the disguise of Power and Passion? A double edged sword: A unique space where one has to learn to demarcate boundaries based on their own realities?

Nov 29th

THE STORY OF A TERRIBLE BEAUTY (Chandramukhi)

By AnuMadav

Children cry. At times. Wanting something. Unable to speak out. They keep crying. Finally fall asleep. They had succumbed to their own reality. They had to comply. But have they accepted what they have been provided with? An unjust act? Or does the cry eventually subside into nothingness? It does not. So says, Chandramukhi. They turn out to be sleeper cells. Awaiting their chance. To assert themselves. Exhibiting their fullest potential. Taking chances of things that come along it's way. With determination: To create Something. Something that is not normally tempting. Something that tumbles down the existing order. Something that is terrifying. Something that is terrible. Yet, Something that cannot be called 'Revenge'. It is the trance of the subconscious that is capable of overpowering the unbalanced conscious; sympathetic soul. The first dance of suppressed and repressed emotions exhibited in their fullest freedom. A place of unbalanced energies: A space where kinetic creative energies fail to move along within the confines of static potential structures. One that reiterates the world that everyone deserves to be given a fair chance: to choose; to live; to die. If Chandramukhi is an embodiment of something, she is this: A Terrible Beauty - a sweet girl who could be courteous and accommodative; yet someone who inherently possesses the violent power of assertion.

Nov 29th

My Heart Goes Out...

By Rajeev

My heart goes out

to my countrymen

who are so tolerant

even when manipulated

used and abused for years...

 

 By foreigners at one time

later, and now by those

supposedly their own -

 

By leaders of all hues, from right to left

in various fields, whether politics

industry, labour unions, hospitals

police or schools...

 

Just look at them currently

patiently waiting, in long queues

accepting, not complaining

earnestly believing that all this

is worth it for a better tomorrow...

 

Oh how could anyone

betray, let down

such simple folks

as my countrymen?

 

yes, my heart goes out

to my countrymen

so simple, tolerant

 patient and trusting....

Nov 29th

TIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 106 - COUPLETS 7,8,9,10

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 106 – இரவு.

CHAPTER 106 – ON BEGGING.

***

106/07. இகழ்ந் தெள்ளாது ஈவாரைக் காணின் மகிழ்ந்துள்ளம்

உள்ளுள் உவப்பது உடைத்து.

 

106/07. Ighazhnd thellaadhu eevaaraik kaannin maghizhndhullam

Uollull uovappadhu uodaiththu.

 

106/07. A beggar will be happy if there is one

Who gives alms happily without disgracing him.

***

Revathi: From the beggar side one must think.

He is happy when some donor gives without abusing him.

 

Nivedita: If a donor can’t give alms

To a beggar knocking his doors,

He can ask him to go politely

Instead of shouting loudly.

 

If a donor wants to give alms,

He must not use abusing words,

But gently give the beggar,

Whatever little he can offer.

 

Then the beggar will go happily,

Blessing the donor liberally;

That will give donor happiness,

For having fulfilled his duties

***

106/08. இரப்பாரை இல்லாயின் ஈர்ங்கண்மா ஞாலம்

மரப்பாவை சென்றுவந் தற்று.

 

106/08. Irappaarai illaayin eerngkannmaa gnaalam

Marappavai sendrruvindh dhatrru.

 

106/08. In this world full of wet land with greeneries,

If it does not own persons asking alms

Then lives will be like mechanized wooden dolls.

***

Revathi: If the world is full of wet land

The poet expects the mind of its occupants

Must be wet and cool like all green plants.

 

Nivedita:  Here the poet gives importance

To all the beggar-tribes

As the true value of donors

Comes out because of beggars.

 

If there are no beggars,

Where will be these donors?

The donors’ merits come out

Because of these beggars exist.

 

If the minds of persons

Set like wooden dolls,

All will walk like robots,

With no beggars or donors.

***

106/09. ஈவார்கண் என்னுண்டாம் தோற்றம் இரந்துகோள்

மேவார் இலாஅக் கடை?

 

106/09. Evvarkann ennunndaam thotrram irandhukoll

Meavaar ilaak kadai?

 

106/09. If there are no persons to beg for alms,

How the reputation of donors will come out?

***

Revathi: The same question we dealt with

In the previous couplet that

Without beggars there are donors.

 

Nivedita: That man has kind heart

How it will come out?

It is because of beggars

Men turn as donors.

 

Otherwise, it’ll be a world,

Full of jungles and greeneries,

With men as mere moving objects,

Like automatic mechanical dolls.

 

There will be no interaction

Between man to man,

The nature man will

Remain unknown to all.

***

106/10. இரப்பான் வெகுளாமை வேண்டும்; நிரப்பிடும்பை

தானேயும் சாலும் கரி.

 

106/10. Irappaan vegullaamai venndum; nirappidumbhai

Thaaneyum saalum kari.

 

106/10. No man should drive away beggars

When they come to him, as they are the living examples

For all sufferings due to poverty.

***

Revathi: One who drives away today a beggar

May himself become tomorrow a beggar.

 

Nivedita: Beggars are living examples

For all the human sufferings

Due to their utter poverty

That solicits others’ pity.

 

So, they must not be driven out

When they come for alms

But knowing their pitiable plights

One must give them what they want.

 

After all they beg for

A handful of grains

Or a few small coins

For their food expenses.

***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 29th

TIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 106 - COUPLETS 4,5,6

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 106 – இரவு.

CHAPTER 106 – ON BEGGING.

***

106/04. இரத்தலும் ஈதலே போலும் கரத்தல்

கனவிலும் தோற்றாதார் மாட்டு.

 

106/04. Iraththalum eedhalum polum karaththal

Kanavilum thotrraadhaar maattu.

 

106/04. A person who does not know even in his dream

How to give what others want,

When a beggar goes to him for alms, he thinks

That the beggar is going to give him something.

***

Revathi: What a miser that person is

To expect something from a beggar?

 

Nivedita: There was a king of beggars.

Who sat on a high platform always.

All beggars used to give him

A share of their day’s alms.

 

A pretty daughter this king had,

And she was waiting to be married,

But the king wanted a real prince,

And not from his own beggar tribes.

 

The girl marries a real prince,

And not from beggars’ boys,

Who were also beggars after all,

May be under her father’s rule.

***

106/05. கரப்பிலார் வையகத்து உண்மையான் கண்ணின்று

இரப்பவர் மேற்கொள் வது.

 

106/05. Karappilaar vaiagaththu unnmaiyaan kannindrru

Irappavar mearrkoll vadhu.

 

106/05. As there are charitable minded persons here and there,

Beggars without hesitation beg from everyone.

***

Revathi: Beggars beg thinking

Everyone has a charitable mind.

 

Nivedita: How a beggar knows

Who’re the real donors?

So, they go door to door,

And beg for their alms.

 

Finally, a donor he finds,

And asks for his alms;

The donor willingly gives,

What the beggar wants.

 

Beggars must be chosen,

Like blind, deaf, lame person,

And not able bodied lazy men,

Who can work and earn.

***

106/06. கரப்பிடும்பை இல்லாரைக் காணின் நிரப்பிடும்பை

எல்லாம் ஒருங்கு கெடும்.

 

106/06. Karappidumbai illaaraik kaannin nirappidumbai

Ellaam orungu kedum.

 

106/06. If the world has blameless persons,

 Who does not say “No,” hiding things,

All the sufferings due to poverty will disappear.

***

Revathi: There are good persons,

 Who give beggars something

Without saying “No” to them.

 

Nivedita:  There are some donors

Who never hide their things

And say “No” to beggars.

Who come to them for alms.

 

What little they can offer

They give those beggars

Who knock their doors

Asking for some things.

 

It is the duty of a society,

To help men of poverty,

Due their physical handicaps

That made them as beggars.

***

 

 

You Might Also Like