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With battle lines now drawn firmly for the Mahabharat war,
Both sides were now seeking support from near and far.
Thus Duryodhana the Kaurava, and Arjuna the valiant Pandava ,
Both travelled to Dwaraka to seek the help of the king, Sri Krishna.

On seeing their friend Krishna enjoying a nap on a bed,
Duryodhana , waiting  for him to rise, sat near his head.
However, the humble Arjuna thought it fit,
To sit in respectful patience at Krishna’s feet.

Hence,when the wily Krishna opened his eyes after his rest,
It was the pious Arjuna at his feet that he happened to see first.
Thereafter, after understanding his friends’s requests for help,
His army he offered to one, and to the other his non- combatant self.

Arjuna, given first choice, opted for the Lord without hesitation,
Duryodhana who got the army was foolishly in delighted excitation!
Little realizing that the trump card was now with the Pandavas,
That the death knell had already started sounding for the Kauravas.


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Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.


There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.

But it got to be necessarily what you committed!


Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.