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THE POWERFUL,POIGNANT STORY OF KANNAGI

THE AWESOME FURY OF A WOMAN WRONGED.
This is an epic story about a chaste Tamil woman named Kannagi who wreaked revenge on a powerful king and the capital of his kingdom for unjustly executing her innocent husband.
Kannagi features as the protagonist in a Tamil epic by name ‘Silappadhikaram’.  The title implies that this is a story involving a ‘chilambu’ or anklet.
Kannagi, a lovely woman, is wedded to Kovalan, who is the son of a rich man. The couple lives happily in a town called Kaveripattinam, till a new woman named Madhavi enters Kovalan’s life. Infatuated by Madhavi, Kovalan forgets the faithful Kannagi for some time, and spends both time and money on this illicit affair. Finally, when all his wealth is thus frittered away, Kovalan returns like a prodigal son to his wife’s loyal arms.
Kannagi epitomizes the amazing and true Indian loyalty of an Indian wife when she receives him back with love unhesitatingly, and even offers her only valuable possession- a pair of anklets- to be sold…

HIS HEAVINESS

His Heaviness ascended the creaky podium,
He had to address a political  meeting,
Though he disliked the dreadful tedium,
He had to do it, though he preferred eating.
If elected- he thundered- "We will banish poverty,"
"And what else, you cloth head?" He demanded
in an angry whisper -of his harassed secretary.
"Corruption?" "Ah yes! Corruption!" he gleefully added.
Alas! When he waited for applause, there was silence!
"Why, why?"He demanded an answer from the harassed.
"The pre-paid crowd is economy class, no add- ons;
for applause, whistling and so on, need extra money."
"Upgrade immediately," roared he, "you son of an oaf!"
Then the required phone call was made in real hurry,
The  crowd now cheered, bringing down the roof.
His Heaviness was happy, could go home and have curry.

A TEMPLE UNDER THE SEA!

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NISHKALANK MAHADEV TEMPLE IN BHAVNAGAR, GUJARAT
DURING HIGH TIDE

DURING LOW TIDE


A temple under the sea!
Yes, you are right. It is a temple, that too, a functional temple right under the sea in a place called Koliyak in Bhavnagar in the state of Gujarat in North Western India. Every day, when the tide is high, only a mast and a flag are visible from the coast. Then, when the waters recede, they reveal a wondrous Shiva temple which is now accessible to the eagerly waiting devotees at about one and a half km into the sea.
Lord Shiva is the deity at this temple; He is called the Nishkalank or pure Shiva-free from imperfections. Devotees throng this place of worship with offerings during the tide recession and hurry back in time before the tide builds up again.
The demand for auspicious Darshan of the Lord peaks during the new moon phase and the full moon phase, when the tides are also most powerful- but then such is the faith of the Shiva bhakts (devotees) that they are prepared for long waits.

UDIPI LORD SRI KRISHNA

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HOWZZAT!

The irate parent had now been waiting for over an hour to see the teacher. He wanted to meet her to discuss something about his daughter who was in this class.
As time passed, he frowned and grew more and more angry. Finally, when the teacher arrived, he greeted her and added a bit testily, “What made you come so late? Wish you could have been a little more punctual.”
The teacher apologized for the delay. Then she sighed and added, “Wish someone would tell that to Mr. Venkatraman, the bank official I was trying to meet today.”
“By the way, may I know your name and for which student you have come, sir?” asked the teacher and looked on in puzzlement as Venkatraman, the bank official, suddenly turned around and disappeared without a word.

LOON’S BOON

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God was struck with Wonderment As none under His Firmament Had ever asked for a boon, Such as wanted by Mr.Loon.
“Evolution, O Lord, I do hail; But please return me my tail. For, every time I see a monkey, I turn green with envy.
Oh, Things I could happily do If only I had a tail too; Hang upside down from a tree And read a book, swinging free!
Hold a cell phone or what I like, With both hands still on the bike; Drink coffee, tea or whatever, Even while holding the newspaper.”
Hearing this from Mr. Loon, God fell in a great swoon.

(UN)GAINFUL RAIN

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Ah! It’s started to beautifully rain, So it’s time for me to feign, An infection, cold or any pain, A day off, with sympathy to gain.
But alas! spousey says, ‘Off to work! You lazy, cunning little jerk, Calling in sick to watch buxom ladies twerk, Watching your lusty channels, with a daylong smirk.’
But when she says, ‘If you still be insisting, I will rope you in for housekeeping,' I look out, sigh, ‘The rain, it seems, has stopped, My leave plan for today is hence dropped.’