May 12th, 2006

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Madurai trip...

We went to Madurai....

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The old buildings of Madurai and the places where the old architectural idiom remains still look so beautiful....but the town is slipping into dirt and decay, I think.



Muthuswami Dikshitar, the great composer of Carnatic Music, wanted the song he composed on Meenakshi of Madurai to be sung repeatedly as his soul prepared to leave his body. The words he wanted to be sung repeatedly are:

Meena lochani paasha mOchani maalini kadamba vana vaasini

(One with eyes like a fish, one who releases from attachment, one who wears garlands, one who lives in the kadamba wood.)

Kadamba vana? Is there a single kadamba tree anywhere in the vicinity of the temple? Sigh.....
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    That same krithi...Meenakshi Meymudham dehi
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A poem I remembered

Stephen kissed me in the spring,
David in the fall.
Robin only looked at me...
He kissed me not at all.

Stephen's kiss was lost in jest,
David's lost in play.
But the kiss in Robin's eyes
Haunts me night and day.

Other parts of lyrics that I love:

"iru vizhiyaaley maalai ittaaL" (she garlanded me with her eyes).

"Mohabbat ko chupaanaa hee mohabbat hai" (hiding love IS love.)

poetry...beauty...aesthetics....what an amazing thing the human mind is.
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    musing on poetry
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