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Quid Pro Quo With The Gods

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

  1. Novalis

    Novalis Gold IL'ite

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    (Novalis is sent for apprenticeship at Shikandi's school of life)

    Novalis: Tell me, what are my tasks.

    Shikandi: First you must learn the art of shaap?

    Novalis: What is that sharp? Do I need a pencil sharpener?

    Shikandi: No idiot, shaap as in curse. You must learn to utter a shaap of vengeance at a man with such ferocity that clouds burst and winds howl ...

    Novalis: Excuse me, would the man sustain such a shaa-aa--ap! What if he faints from such loud explosions.

    Shikandi: Idiot, you must utter the shaap in such a booming voice like mad wind, 'you kuruputra of Hastinapur, you Devavrat, you Bhishma'

    Novalis: Hold on, taking notes. How many men are issued that shaap?

    Shikandi: Just one.

    Novalis: But you said two names, some deva and some bh..

    Shikandi: The latter-day Bhishma, the 'one who undertakes a terrible vow and fulfils it' was formerly known as Devavrat. Same man.

    Novalis: Bhishma takes a vrat and becomes Devavrat?!

    Shikandi: You moron! Devavrat takes the oath and becomes Bhishma.

    Novalis: Then why 'vrat' in Devavrat if he has not yet taken any oath. Confusing! Is this man crazy about oaths like you are about sha--a--aaaps. Born with a vrat and assumed another vrat. Seriously, you people need to get a life, stop acting these vrats and shaaps with sound and light effect. I would rather write up a Facebook post titled "A Funny thing happened on the way to Hastinapur, I was mistakenly abducted" and leave it at there not reincarnating that wrath on a vrat man.

    Shikandi: Get out! Get out of my institute!!

    (Novalis packs her things leaving behind a pencil shaaapener)
     
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  2. Cheeniya

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    I only looked at it but heard it too!
    So do I! How can I be different! I must mention about the modern version of epics like Mahabharata remade in the modern context. Take for instance Peter Brook's version of Mahabharata It is a fabulous version.
    The veteran film maker Mani Rathnam made a movie in Tamil titled Thalapathi based on Mahabharata. Rajnikath donned the equivalent role of Karna!
     
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    Today morning, I woke up to the hum of the bare necessities:



    .. inspecting my pantry for those necessities to whisk an overripe banana into a pancake. That search reminded me of the Courtship Of The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo, poem by Edward Lear.

    On the Coast of Coromandel
    Where the early pumpkins blow,
    In the middle of the woods
    Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo
    Two old chairs, and half a candle,
    One old jug without a handle,
    These were all his worldly goods.​

    Being a minimalist, my worldly goods would fit into a barrel bag. A cooking pot, a wooden spoon, wheat dabba, honey to subsist on boiled halwa. Bonghy-Bo lived on the Coromandel coast with creaky chairs and half a candle, a jug and a separated handle.

    If I lived as his neighbour then we would have eked out a dinner with unburnt candle, boiled halwa, sipping from that wobbly jug. Bonghy can use that separated handle as his spoon to dig into my halwa.
     
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    Where was I?! Definitely a cave on Mars.
    Missed out on that fabulous adaptation. Never knew about it. Sounds interesting from the play-in-jumps of the uploaded video.

    O Cheeniya! There are times like this when that accrued dignity of mine is risked by revealing my other side. That movie is known to me for a likeable song. You might eagerly presume it as that refined Shobana's song. On the contrary, I enjoy the market song.



    Sonu Walia as the village belle didn't stick out sorely, in fact, she held the song to her charm and nimble moves. I like the song for its atmospheric effect: twilight, bonfire, canopies. And that snap of the finger! Nicely done song. Not too acrobatic in dance or soppy in lyrics but a tug of tease in that lock-stepped duet.
     
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    Episode - 2 - Meeting between @Novalis and Shikandi in Kali Yuga

    Novalis: How are you?

    Shikhar: I am doing fine and you?

    Novalis: What is the significance of your name?

    Shikhar: Literally means "peak of the mountain" and what is the significance of your name?

    Novalis: It means, "One who clears new ground. Do you remember your prior lives?

    Shikhar: Yes, I do. I was Shikandi who finally managed to kill Bhisma after making a second life and helped Yudhistra establish righteousness in the world. I lived mostly as a woman but for a day in Dwapara Yuga. I really like the meaning of your name.

    Novalis: Why special liking for my name?

    Shikhar: Because I like to clear every ground myself when I play cricket in all parts of the world.

    Novalis: Now that you had finished your mission, what are you focused on in this present life?

    Shikhar: In my present life, my mission is somewhat diluted and I wish to punish every bowler in front of me when I play my favorite sports. That is it. What are your favorite habits?

    Novalis: Reading a lot of books, traveling to all parts of the world, contemplate about spirituality in real life, venture into new recipes and remain extraordinarily happy.

    Shikhar: Sounds like an excellent plan. What makes you happy always?

    Novalis: Happiness is the state of mind and I don't look for reasons to be happy. When do you feel happy?

    Shikhar: Only when 85,000 people stand up and clap when I score a century in Eden Garden, Calcutta.

    Novalis: I hope we can meet whenever we get a chance. Nice meeting you.

    Shikhar: Nice meeting you too. Bye for now.
     
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    My goodness! You have been generous in my depiction. I read so few books that too with carefree endings, blithe exploration, frivolous observations, only those authors grab my attention. If the writing gets anywhere as solemn as '... and she stared into the open sky', I put down the book. I travel only to explore food as that indulgence is integral. What?! No monkey dance?! Pump the music loud and dance like a rhesus macaque on steroids. That's the salient me.
     
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    Today, someone guided me: 'that's a pronominal adverb'. Eh, what? what's that monstrous adverb?

    "A pronominal adverb is a type of adverb occurring in a number of Germanic languages, formed in replacement of a preposition and a pronoun by turning the latter into a locative adverb and the former into a prepositional adverb and joining them in reverse order. For example: For that → therefor; In that → therein; By this → hereby; To this → hereto; In which → wherein" --dictionary.

    I almost felt like that Monsieur Jourdain in Moliere's play delighted for having learnt that I was blithely speaking without knowing the parts of speech. First a preposition and pronoun are mercilessly fused leaving no ordered trace of either of them in the morphed word.

    "In which" is sensed in "wherein", but where is my pronoun in it, evolved into an adverb.
     
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