Mrudu Bhashan

There is a single word that has been playing repeatedly in my head lately – Mrudu bhaashan.  A famous song by Saint Thyagaraja describes Lord Rama as Mrudu Bhashana.

Mrudu Bhaashan – gentle words.

An excellent virtue, easily forgotten.

My paternal grandfather was incapable of being harsh, and even in the middle of a raging temper, could never go beyond “you…you”, a wonderful inadequacy to possess.  Especially in the era of scant disregard for the spoken word and its tonal repercussions.  In me and around me.

“In me” is obviously more important than “around me”.  The expletives that cross my mind, and sometimes my vocal chords, when a cyclist cuts me off at an intersection, or my brand of body spray just sold-out, or my loved ones don’t act as I want them to, makes me want to rewind to the era of mild-mannered LG, who was incapable of harshness, much like her grandfather.

“Around me” seems more extensive than ever before.  A recent visitor’s tonal aggression indicating entitlement in response to help that was offered, a reflectionless persiflage to camaraderie sought and widespread belittlement of another, in an attempt to be one-up among the known devils complement the harsh words exchanged between strangers, on the road, in the queue, on the internet, among unknown angels.  Such verbal harshness is often comforted by the blanket of anonymity or cushioned by contempt-breeding familiarity.

Where from stems this insensitivity ? The decline in importance  to words?  The acceptance of aggression as a virtue rather than the vice it really is? The self-centricity that attempts to drive everyone else by its own gravity? Intolerance of the speck in a brother’s eye despite the beam in one’s own?  Or endemic Kluver Bucy ?

Whatever it is, Mrudhu Bhashana must be restored.  Within, if not without.  Words are powerful. Stick and stones may break bones, but words break spirit. And when the spirit is broken, of what use is a bag of intact bones?

Within it shall be.


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Showing the finger


Hope it counts.

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2014 சென்னை புத்தகச் சங்கமம்

Reblogged from dude’s


சென்னை புத்தகச் சங்கமம் என்று ஒரு புத்தகக் காட்சி நகரில் நடந்துவருகிறது. ஏப்ரல் 18 முதல் 27 வரை, ராயப்பேட்டை மருத்துவமனை எதிரில், ஒய்.எம்.சி.ஏ. மைதானத்தில். எனக்கு பதிப்பாளர் சொல்லித்தான் தெரியும். இன்று போய்வந்தேன்.

நிஜமாகவே நான் எழுதிய ஏலியன்கள் இருக்கிறார்களா புத்தகமும் நேனோ: ஓர் அறிமுகம் புத்தகமும் அச்சாகி விற்பனைக்கு வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. சில காப்பிகள் எடுத்துவந்துள்ளேன். வாசிப்பதற்கு. இன்று (23/04/ 2014) உலக புத்தக தினமாம். உங்களுக்கு காப்பி வேண்டுமானாலும் சொல்லுங்கள்.


என்னிடம் கேட்கச் சங்கடமாக இருந்தால், நாளை வோட்டைப் போட்டு விட்டு ஒரு எட்டு ஸ்டால் 55 வரை போய் கேட்டுப்பாருங்கள். ஜெயன், வேணு, நா.நா. போன்று வேறு பல நல்ல புத்தகங்களும் விற்பனைக்கு வைத்திருக்கிறார். பாதசாரியை மறந்துவிடாதீர்கள்.

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Dance Monkeys Dance



Originally posted on Check Your Premises:

Some global perspective. Video by Ernest Cline using Google Images.

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Neighbourhood newsletter, Edition 2

The newsletter of our very exciting neighbourhood is out.

The Neighbourhood News – Edition 2

  • Best Friends Fur-ever
  • Its Getting Too Hot
  • A Very Special Platter
  • For Cat Lovers: Kittens
  • Cartoon
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Stolen brilliance

from Margy

The g##%@#$ brain


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Stolen meme

I stole this meme from Jane, just so that I can have something to write today.  Talk of pathetic addiction.

What’s your favorite frozen treat on a stick.
Chocobar icecream.

What’s your favorite lollipop?
Anything candy.  Not chocolate.

When you passed notes during class in high school, who was most often the recipient?
Never passed notes.  Yeah yeah,  goody goody gumballs and all that.

Who among your high school friends was the first to get his or her own car?
Possibly S, who was the first to get a job in America (in Microsoft, no less) where cars are an absolute necessity.  Back home, cars were luxury.

Who’s the black sheep in your family?
Possibly me.  The only girl in the family who went abroad for graduate studies.

Who’s the family historian?
Dad.  Both from memory and the number of black and white photographs he has stashed in a large iron box.

What was the last thing you sprayed from a spray bottle?

No idea.  Haven’t used one in ages. Perhaps Colin many months back.

What was the last thing you sprayed from an aerosol can?
Revlon Charlie – both body spray and perfume.  The blue ones.  I usually asphyxiate anyone in my zip code when I emerge from my bath.

When did you last make reservations for something?
Train tickets for the recent Srirangam trip.

What’s your next upcoming appointment?
Dentist for the kid who needs braces for the slight overbite she is developing.  I’ve always wanted braces when I was a kid because my upper teeth protrude a bit.  My parents never got me one – perhaps it was too expensive for them, or they didn’t think it was necessary.  For many years in my adolescence, I hardly laughed out loud  due to my self-consciousness of my protruding mandibles. I don’t want my child to go through that trauma.

What store’s departure from your preferred shopping mall most saddened you?
Not much of a shopping person.  But the transfer of pondy bazar platform shops into a pigeon-hole of a complex is a great personal loss.

What’s good to eat at your preferred shopping mall?
Don’t like malls.

What services (as opposed to goods) do you pay for at your preferred shopping mall?
Don’t like malls.  But movies, perhaps?

What’s a store you’ve never been inside at your preferred shopping mall?
Don’t like malls.  Hmm..what is this thing with malls.

What kind of store would you most welcome in your preferred shopping mall?
Goodness, another one?

What did you most recently purchase at an office supply store?
Love love stationary shops.  Recently bought paint supplies to restore the Gitopadesam craft work made by my aunt.

What did you most recently purchase at a book store?
Books to gift Dude’s niece for her second birthday.

What did you most recently purchase at a drugstore?
Calpol (paracetamol).  My life saver from migraines, pms, sprains and what not. Strips of that stuff get empty in no time in our household.

What did you most recently purchase at a convenience store?
No convenience stores in India…at least not that I know of.

What did you most recently purchase at a thrift shop?
No thrift shops either.

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