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Quid Pro Quo With The Gods

Discussion in 'Cheeniya's Senile Ramblings' started by Cheeniya, May 20, 2017.

  1. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    @Amulet
    Your mention of Guru Gobind Singh triggered some nostalgic memories in me. When I was in State Bank, I was asked to inspect and audit a Branch in Poanta Sahib on the Banks of Yamuna. Poanta Sahib is one of the major pilgrim centres of Sikhs where Guru Gobind Singh wrote his 10th Granth. I was there in 1976 and as the SBI had close liaison with the Gurudwar, I was allotted a room in the guest house adjacent to the Gurudwar and it had a wonderful view of Yamuna from the balcony. I was amazed by the devotion of the Sikhs visiting the shrine. The Gurudwara served free food to all the visitors which used to be quite heavenly to say the least. Yamuna was in full flow during my stay there.
    I can never forget that experience.
     
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    @Thyagarajan
    My dear Thyagu
    I like these Colgate ads. The present one who is doing the lead role is samanta but she is not half as good as Kajal Aggarwal used to be.
    I am listening and hence this comment!
    Sri
     
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    @Novalis
    Ravana is portrayed both with two hands and twenty hands.
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    Twenty handed Ravana looks clumsy as compared to the two-handed one. If I had twenty hands, I would spend half the time in deciding which hand to use for what. It will be very cumbersome to sleep at night with twenty hands unless of course there was big mosquito menace when twenty hands would be helpful.
     
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    :hello:any day your note is welcome 2. Sir. LET IT BE KAJOL or COLGATE am sure you can make a mole or mountain out of ant hill.
    3. You are Salt of the Earth.
    4. We welcome your ramble to scramble.
    Regards.
     
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    Cheeniya, while watching the film "Birdbox", here's the observation.

    A five year old utters: 'I save myself'. A five year old said that? Do you see where I am getting at ...

    She didn't say 'I save me', but she spoke with chaste grammar, when "I" is the subject then "myself" is the reflexive object. A while ago, I read David Crystal's "Making Sense" on grammar learning, that is, how kids perceive grammatical rules in oral speech ...beyond the language instinct, a grammar instinct. Rest of the asymmetrical rules, they acquire through indoctrination like irregular verbs etc.

    But, a five year old with impressive grammar incited unrest in me unable to figure out: is that utterance representative of intuition of grammar in kindergartens or the screen writer derelictly fashioned out a word-perfect utterance though suspicious for kids that age.

    What is your opinion?
     
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    @Cheeniya , are you ever alarmed that the known myths still induce hitherto unheard embellishments. I was listening to Greek Myths ..the one where Persephone was abducted by Hades.

    When Hermes descends underground to escort Persephone back to Demeter (her mother) with begrudging consent from Hades, Ascalaphus tattles on her to Hades that she had eaten seven pomegranate seeds whilst biding her time. Demeter, in a rage, transforms Ascalaphus into an owl for imperiling her daughter's permanent return to surface. Thereafter, Persephone is committed to the underworld for the winters for having carelessly eaten the subterranean food.

    I know that we both delight in such mythical tales.

    Esp, the tales with abrupt implications.

    Why transform into an owl and not any other creature? How do these enraged deities determine the comeuppance of treachery? Does Demeter consult a guide book to look up the apt damnation for Ascalaphus or she just flicks her wand and arbitrarily turns him into an owl, because that was the foremost creature that came to her mind for punitive damages.

    You, in your owl avatar, should be able to provide the scoop on this winged Ascalaphus.
     
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    Do you ever set benchmarks for your reads? Having marked the finest read to eagerly await for the next impressive book in your wanderings to surmount that benchmarked reverence to shriek: this is so delightful than the previous crowning glory!

    I recently came across one such devastatingly quirky French novel translated into English with the title "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" written by Muriel Barbery.

    I set these shifting echelons to pass the muster of penmanship for only an exceedingly delightful novel to undermine the former delight.

    Until yesterday The Good Soldier Švejk comedy novel by Jaroslav Hašek occupied that pedestal. Every damn two-eyed creature must read that book. But this morning it has been toppled by The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Every mandibular creature should read this book. I know, I get pushy evangelical on good books, such contemplative books to examine the hilarity and absurdity of mawkish living. I love satires! Dark comedy ..

    "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" is not a formulaic trite but a cultured and experiential read.

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    Wonder which book will replace EoH next.
     
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    Cheeniya, I am thinking about your distraught friend whose love letter was ruthlessly torn. Love letters might not work on all beings. Check this male bird of paradise and his labour to court companionship. Poor birdie is supposed to invoke the flamboyancy that surpasses even that of Liberace and the dance moves that of Jackson 5 to sustain the attention of the female flutter. Your friend got away unscathed even with a heart-breaking letter without actually breaking a bone or neck in that aspiration unlike this balletic bird.

    David Attenborough is 92. The Netflix Original "Our Planet" might be the endmost nature documentary of this veteran naturalist though I wish for another ultimate from him.

     
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    CHEENIYA! I was about to shut the laptop when I realized ...in between Svejk and EoH nestles Nine Lives by William Dalrymple. You might be intrigued if Mr Dalrymple warrants capital scream. But listen ...

    Dalrymple and Runa Laila and Sufi are all related!

    In a chapter titled "The Red Fairy" of that book, Mr Dalrymple writes about the Sufi saints Shah Abdul Latif and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. Further, he explains the origin of that "Qalandar" cult.

    You see, I listened to this song several times but never wondered who or what is that Qalandar. It took a Dalrymple to highlight that folk praise in a popular song. Similarly, there's Katrina Kaif's Malang! Dalrymple weaves all these malangs , qalandars, dhammals into an accessible study of Sufism in Sindh. Good book on folk and tribal religions of India.



     
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