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Six Questions In Three Lines And All Answered In A Single Line

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  1. jayasala42

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    Uddhanda Sastri and Kaakasseri

    Uudhanda Sastri had a broad image about himself and boasted of having no rival.
    Kaakasseri was a small boy ready to contest with Sastri.

    Uddanda Sastri said: "Look here, boy. I have put six questions in three lines. The fourth line should be framed in such a manner that it should provide right answer to all the six questions. I showed this to so many in and outside Kerala, but none could satisfactorily fill the fourth line. Will you try?"
    "Let me hear the lines", said the boy.
    These were the lines:
    Ka khe charathi? kaa rammyaa ?
    (What travels in the sky? Who is the most pleasing?)
    Kim japyam? Kimnubhooshanam?
    (What to chant? What ornament to wear?)
    Ko vandya? Kee drisee Lanka?
    (Whom to revere? How Lanka looked like?)
    With ease the boy supplied the fourth line :
    "Veera markada kampithaha"
    It was an extremely clever thing to do. Answers were in the order of the questions:
    1. "Vee (birds),
    2.Rama(Vishnu's consort),
    3. Rk (Rig Veda Mantra),
    4.Kadakam (ornament on the feet),
    5.Pita (father)
    6.and the whole line indicating the condition of Lanka after Hanuman had shaken it hard.
    (It seems easier to believe that the questions were framed on the basis of the answer.)
    The extraordinary intellectual brilliance of the boy showed promises of a second Shankara, but that was not to be. Except a book 'Vasumatee Manavikramam' (most likely a eulogy on the king),
    Kakkasseri's literary efforts did not amount to much.

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    :hello:This type of brilliance is noted in Tamil anthologies too. Otta kutthar before king sings same song in two different ways producing two different types ie emotion. One hate and the other eulogy. It is called sledai ....?
    Thanks and regards.
     
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    Shlesha in Sanskrit and sledai In Tamil are very popular.Sanskrit literature is abound in such literary style and pulavar Kalamegam was very proficient in such style.Ki.Vaa.jaas essays are full of such siledai. Vaariyaar also used many such expressions.
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