Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Tao of Thandavam, The Cosmic and Microcosmic Dance

Lord Siva is generally worshipped in His abstract form. A smooth shiny lump or shaft of stone or some such other material, or even a heap of smmoth wet sand, called linga (phallus, if you will in English). In Amarnath … Continue reading

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I will always love you. So let me take leave.

I have listened to Whitney Houston sing Dolly Parton’s poignant lyric, “I will always love you.”. I like it. One feels sorry for her just as one felt sorry for other unfortunate celebrities like Elvis, Marylyn, Michael Jackson and a … Continue reading

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A gift to him who loveth best,- from heaven

Here is another great poem we had as part of our curriculum in our school days. —————– Abou Ben Adhem By James Henry Leigh Hunt Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of … Continue reading

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Caged linnets sing of hope and of despair.

Here is another poem I had learnt in school, the last stanza of which we were expected to know by heart. The poem has been much analyzed, especially in the context of the tumultuous historical events that happened during the … Continue reading

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The lame tramp who longed just to stand and stare.

Here is a poem by William Henry Davies which we were required in our school to learn by heart and recite. Though it was a chore at that time, I am grateful now for the framers of the syllabus for … Continue reading

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The Lord Treks, To Grace A Wedding

1810 A.D. TyagaRaja is tense. He is attired in a resplendent off-white silk dhoty and a like Uttareeyam (much like the regulation peetambarams of his Great Lord Rama), far removed from the spartan but clean white raiments he wears normally. … Continue reading

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