Descend – Little Hesitant Steps

via Daily Prompt: Descend தயங்கித் தயங்கி அம்மாவின் கை பிடித்து மெதுவாகப் படி இறங்குகிறது குழந்தை. சீராகப் போய்க் கொண்டிருந்த காலம் சற்று தயங்கித் தயங்கி முன்னகர்கிறது. -முகுந்த் நாகராஜன் It seems next to impossible to translate a Tamil poem into English. The moment you try to translate one, everything good about it—structure, rhetoric, syntactic suspense, you name it—goes for a toss. And…

Chennai – First Impression

(Neck-deep in the real world, I’d been ignoring this blog for some time. Now, to get back into the swing of things, let’s try today’s [yesterday’s now] Daily Prompt: Impression.) oOo I did not visit Chennai until I was already an adult—we in the Kongu region are secretly Coimbatore supremacists—and when I finally did, the…

Boldness To Face Terrible Things

“The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give way to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.” -Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Achchamillai Achchamillai

Fearlessness. If there is one word most of us would have associated with Bharathi, even as kids, that would have been it. The most recognizable picture of him, one that adorned many of our Tamil text books in school, shows him staring straight at us with that fearless air about him. And we knew his…

World Book Day

Amazon India informed me that today’s ‘World Book Day’. So I thought why not share a book that I recently read and loved. But before that, a flashback. When I was in high school, something strange happened. Our social science teacher disappeared. Simply gone one day. I don’t remember what happened to him in the…

Great Waste

INTERVIEWER: Do you ever wonder what would have become of you if you had stayed in Trinidad? NAIPAUL: I would have killed myself. A friend of mine did—out of stress, I think. He was a boy of mixed race. A lovely boy, and very bright. It was a great waste. -The Art of Fiction 154, Paris Review…