June 25th, 2008


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One of my favourite songs on death, bereavement, and philosophy. The movie is "pAlum pazhamum" (milk and fruits, given traditionally for the nuptials after the wedding); the actor is "Sivaji" Ganesan. The actor, in the movie, is a doctor who has lost his wife.

And the lyrics are by that immortal poet, KannadAsan....poetry is the art of tugging at one's heart-strings with just a few syllables.


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What I like about the video is that they show various birds and animals of prey, the scavengers.... and that illustrates how the human body is as much part of the chain of Nature as anything in the forest....
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    also..."veedu varai uravu"....

The three things that help me...

Many of my relatives were aghast when I decided not to do a professional course (particularly, the medical course that my parents were hoping I would do) and decided on studying English, and Philosophy instead, and took up music very seriously.

I think I had a Liberal Arts education....before the term was invented.

But today, whenever I have to face a crisis, these three things...the ability to express myself, the philosophy that I studied, and the music that I practiced so sincerely.....they stand me in good stead. They prevent me from slipping deep into the Slough of Despond that Chaucer talked about, and bear me up to face life once again, and start over with a smile.

"tum ithnA jO muskurA rahEy hO...kyA gam hai jiskO cchupA rahEy ho?" goes a beautiful ghazal by Kaifi Azmi.

Who knows how many tears others' smiles cover?