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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Loss of friend

It is not often that I spend time on forwarded mails. But today's mail was an exception. My friend Ravi Balasubramanian sent me this account in an email. I was quite moved by it.

I was reminded of the Valmiki Ramayana. Sage Valmiki saw a hunter shooting down one of the two Krauncha birds. On seeing the lament of the surviving bird, the sage is moved to utter a curse on the hunter banishing him to wander without abode all the days of his life.

He regretted immediately his loss of temper. But then he was intrigued by the wording of the curse. It had come out as a metered verse. As he was pondering about this, Sage Narada appeared before him and told him that the incident was as intended by God and that he should now write the story of Srirama using the same meter. Thus all the 24,000 verses have the same meter in the Valmiki Ramayana.

Now to the pictorial account below. By the way I have rendered this in Tamil too in my Tamil blog.

1. It was a gloomy Saturday afternoon. A flock of birds was spending great time searching for food and playing on the main road. Out of the sudden, a big truck sped through... sad thing had happened again.


2. Birds can feel too. Although this bird had already died, another bird flew over to her immediately, just like a family member, unable to accept the truth.


3. Not long after that, another car stormed in causing the dead bird's body to whirl with the wind. The spouse noticed the movement. As if she was still alive, he quickly flew beside her again.


4. He stayed beside her and yelled ... "WHY ARE YOU NOT GETTING UP!?"


5. Unfortunately, she's no longer able to hear him. In the meantime, he's trying to lift her up.


6. He, of course, was unable to bear the burden. Another car soon passed by. He quickly flew off. Once the car had gone, he came down again.


7. Although other birds told him its useles, he never gave up. He was trying his best to lift her up to see her flying again. Another car passed by, her dead body whirled again as if still alive and trying to fly.


8. He had used all of his energy, however...
The photographer said he couldn't shoot any longer. The photographer was so worried that the living bird was going to get hurt by passing cars. So he picked up the dead bird and left it at the roadside. The live one still lingered at a nearby tree as if crying with his singing and refused to leave.

Do humans have the same feelings nowadays? I wonder.

Regards,
Dondu N.Raghavan

11 comments:

Ganesh said...

Raghavan

A very moving post indeed,
ever creature has emotions and feelings. This is proven right here in these pictures

dondu(#4800161) said...

Thanks Ganesh. I was actually crying, when I was rendering this in Tamil.

Regards,
Dondu N.Raghavan

Suka said...

I had something to learn from here ..

Actually i thought the emotions and relatations one has in his life are to fulfill his own selfish needs in one or other way .. but these photos depicts something different.. this gives me a different meaning and learning.. I have to think about that..
Thanks for the post.

~Suka

dondu(#4800161) said...

Thanks Suka. Have you read the Tamil version in my Tamil blog?
Regards,
Dondu N.Raghavan

Suka said...

Yeah! I read it in tamil also; good work!

To be frank, i don't care the language because any spoken/written language is a just a subset of the universal language.

As a translator how many times you tried hard to find a word that exactly describes an emotion..most of the time you might have settled with the nearest ones..that's the lack of language..so i give very less importance to the linguistic wrappers. I don't have any impact on the interpretations of the author.. i just looked at the pictures.. it tells a lot more.. it bothers me and.educates me a lot..few pages won't be enough to describe this..

Suka

dondu(#4800161) said...

Thanks for the comment Suka. What you say has got merit. It is a macro picture.

As our great men say, life is just Maya. Your being born into a family is just taking part in ajourney. Once the journey is over and death comes as the end, the family members drift apart. In the next birth, if you believe in such a thing, you no longer care about them as you don't even remember them.

Yet, while it lasts, Maya has an important role.

In the instant case, I received the email in English and my job in the English blog just consisted in copy pasting and placing a few introductory remarks.

Whereas in the Tamil version, I translated into my mother tongue and word came in as if in a torrent and writing in the mother tongue gives a heady feeling to me.

Regards,
Dondu N.Raghavan

Suka said...

You have caught my point very well. Though, I am not a believer of 'everything is maya and we have nothing to do'. I don't believe in reincarnation as well.

what i was thinking is this..
whet ever we do, for whoever we do there is an implicit or explicit known or unknown selfish motive behind that..

For instance,if i donate 1000RS for some one, i can not call myself as a selfless humanitarian..there could be a motive ..either fame or at least a satisfaction..it's a pure selfish move..

We the matured people able to put lot of wrappers around and try to distinguish that he is selfish and he is selfless; In my humble opinion there is no selfless creature ever born in this world.

But this photographs are giving me a different picture. There could be a selfish motive here as well; but i would like to think in different perspective to get more information.

BTW, i understood about the Tamil version; you should have a good vocabulary in that.

I have seen in lot of blogs which are portraying the importance of a language and how to grow it up and etc. I always feel proud to differ with them. Anyway it's off topic here :) i will write it in my blog on this.

Nice Talking !

dondu(#4800161) said...

Strange to say but your comment as it popped up in my Google Talk window, made my heart jump with joy. Let me explain. Right from today early morning blogger server is out of action. I have been trying to click into my blog for the past few hours. I gave up the attempt and was translating a paper from English into French for one of my clients. And lo your message popped up. I have connected to this blog from your link and there I am. I hasten to add however that your comments are always welcome but this particular case is a little different as I explained.

"what i was thinking is this..
whet ever we do, for whoever we do there is an implicit or explicit known or unknown selfish motive behind that.."
How true! My French professor used to say that even a mother's love for her child is not selfless has some interest as the basis. He used the term "action desinteressee". He said the only example for such an action was that of a person taking the gun and shooting down an unaquainted fellow withot any reason whatsoever. In fact that was the main plot of "L'etranger" by Albert Camus.

But these photographs are giving me a different picture. There could be a selfish motive here as well; but I would like to think in different perspective to get more information."
The notion of selfishness and its antonyme does not exist for things other than humans.

"I have seen in lot of blogs which are portraying the importance of a language and how to grow it up and etc. I always feel proud to differ with them. Anyway it's off topic here :) i will write it in my blog on this."

Am looking forward to it.

Regards,
N.Raghavan

Suka said...

I have learnt a lot from here. Not just from the pictures posted; from your very experienced words too.

Thank you.
Suka

dondu(#4800161) said...

Thanks Suka. Have a nice day.

Regards,
Dondu Raghavan

SURY said...

That was a good one, Uttam
Keep it up,

SURY