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Until Death


Their’s was an unusual story. Everyone has their story, on how they found love or how they lost love. We’ve heard of best friends suddenly realising their love and joining in in holy matrimony, we’ve heard of totally oppsite ppl falling in love in one instant… of ppl who never believed in love converting to believers of true love. These two ppl, of whom this story is about won’t exactly fit any group. She didnt believe in love, was too practical for her own good and marraige was just a matter of convenience for her. He was charming, vovacious yet a simple guy who merely agreed to the marraige for the heck of it.

 Joined in matrimony as such, they did nevertheless make a handsome pair. She was a lawyer, not that eminent yet respected immensely by all who knew her for her amazingly clear view on all issues. Although not beautiful, she would definetly turn heads because of her impeccable dressing and most importantly her attitude. He was your regular IT professional, very ordinary in most aspects and yet so lovable. He could be called downright handsome, the kind girls just adore. In fact many of his friends didnt think the girl was good for him, saying  that he’d be better off with someone with as light a countenance as his. Everything suggested that the marraige may not last, but neither of them paid a thought to anything. I guess the ppl all were right, since the marraige only lasted 2 yrs. But they were more wrong than right, as in the span of 2 yrs both souls interchanged to such an extent… that even god would have been surprised.

Anyway, as it happens, they got married. Their courtship, short and abrupt as it was, shall be the discussion of another tale. What follows is the events of the 2nd and last year of their marraige, it having lasted just 2 short years. their first New year started of with a party at one of the more happening clubs in the city. Neither of them were the ‘club-ers’ kind and soon they found themselves roaming the city in their car. T’was no surprise that they found themselves at the steps of this lake in the centre of the city. Here, there needs be a mention of the lake. It was the one common thing between them. I’d like to believe that it was here at this lake that he must’ve seen her first, that the arrows of cupid had been strung, shot, and hit their mark. But, unfortunately it was not… the arrows of cupid was in fact at a common aquaintance’s party. Anyway, this lake was a quaint, oblongish one, sorrounded by trees and a park of sorts. The one place that both of them loved to come and relax. After marraige, once they discovered that both liked that place… the lake became their regular meeting spot. She’d get there in the evenings from her office, which was a stone’s throw away, and he’d be there, everytime, waiting for her. They’d walk around a bit, ultimately sit on the steps and talk till it was time to go. And here it was that they spent their first and only new year, in each other’s arms on the steps of this deserted lake.

The next morning, nothing was the same. They had been married for almost 10 months now.. and it was only on this day that she realised that she was in love, the eternal kind. He on the other hand, realised that a deeper understanding, grounded in love, had blossomed between them. And so time seemed to pass, with both wrapped in the warmth of love, yet undeclared, for both were the modest kind and of course once married you don’t need to say ‘i love you’ or so they thought.

In that whole year that followed, everyone who knew them were astounded. The girl who never wore pink, orange, yellow or any colour remotely feminine was seen in pretty dresses, long flowy hats and with a lightness in her step that was almost obnoxious. The guy who seemed so charming, lovable, but the can’t-commit-type was seen to become so much more responsible, so much more serious than any of his friends had thought he was capable of. He was content, satisfied… as though the maturity he suddenly seemded to posses had given him some enlighteneing knowledge and that knowledge like all profound truths gave him a wise, almost indifferent emotion. Collegues, friends, relatives were surprised to see the couple now… no one understood the change, but that didnt bother anyone. All thought that the couple were so much in love, so much happy with life.

It was during one of the company health check-ups in january that she found out about her cancer. Having first realised she was in love, and then realised that she was dying was something that shook her, and made her re-examine her life. it triggered in her a latent quality of enjoying life to the fullest. She knew his ways, and slowly changed herself to be like him. I’ll never know why she changed, but that explained the flowers, and colours and dance and music that she jumped head on into. Everyday of hers began a smile, and carried on with a laughter that was light yet contagious. At first he was surprised at this change, but something happened and in the following days the more bubbly she was, the more silent he became. This surprised her and she was more intent at being happy herself, to spend her last days making him happy. But somehow, she could sense he was not happy. Her disease combined with his growing indiffrence took the toll, and both drifted apart.

 The drift went on well into march, as the city was transforming from winter to spring. All over, the trees that had gone bare were blossoming or turning in new leaves. As though after a long break, he called up and asked her to come to the lake after office as usual. They hadn’t ben there since new year, though she had tried to get him to take her there. Of late, she was growing more and more tired. She couldnt be happy enough, and she felt as though he was pulling her down. She knew that she still loved him, but she also knew that things weren’t working out fine. After the phone call, she was relieved cause there was no point in delaying announcing him her test results, she being the kind who would always tackle the toughest problems first. She had just a few more months, and she wanted to leave him prepared to tackle life once again. In fact, her delay in telling him earlier on was because of her fears that indifferent as he is, what if the news of her cancer made no effect on him? she was afraid that he would not care, that he would be as indifferent to her disease as he was to her changed persona.

She left office an hour early that day, with the intention of taking a walk to collect her thoughts and perhap phrase her news more appropriately. She didn’t wanna be dramatic when she announced it cause she herself was not very greatly concerned about the disease. But, she didnt want to sound too off-handed either. With all these thoughts in mind she was walking down the path when he happened to come up her way. A startled look was all that was exchanged between the two and they walked off together to their usual place on the steps of the lake. A silence followed which neither of them felt like interupting, cause the silence itself was so comfortable. But eventually as the sun prepared to settle for the night, a sense of urgency settled in on her and she turned to talk to him. It was he who spoke to her first. “I have cancer”, he stated. Her shock turned to a maddening laugh. All the months of doubts, fears turned to relief and she couldnt help but laugh at it. His confusion was soon ended when she triumphantly announced to him, “So do I sweetheart!”.

And there they sat, on the steps of the lake with the last rays of sun gazing intently at this insane couple. For what in death can anyone find funny? With tears rolling down their face, they gazed briefly into the short while they both had left with each other…. and that was all they needed to be happy. If a lifetime is the time a life lives, the remaining 6 months were a lifetime for them. And these two were intent on spending their lifetime in bliss. She was now happy, light just like him. She was now truly in love, just like him. No more did dountd of she’s-too-good-for-me or he-s-not-my-kind pop up cause it didnt matter anymore, cause they were in love. And this love carried them through the 6 months, till the morning when she drew her last… his lonely soul lived the earth for 6 days more, and drew its last peacefully in sleep.

As the final rays dipped beyond the lake, he finally stopped his laugh, turned to her and said “By the way, I love you”.

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Manichithra Thazam


Varuvanillarum..

Varuvanillarumen orunaallumeevazhik ariyaam athennalumennum,
Priyamulloraallaro varuvanudennu njaan veruthe mohikkumallo,
Ennum veruthe mohikkumallo.


Palavattom pookalam vazhithetti poyittorunaallum pookkamankombil,
athinayi mathramayoruneram rithumaari madumaasamanayarundallo..
Varuvanillarumee vijanama eevazhikkariyaam athennalumennum
padivaathilolam chennakalathavazhiyake mizhipaaki nilkarundallo
mizhipaaki nilkarundallo..
Priyamulloralaro varumennu njaanennum veruthe mohikkumallo..

Varummennu chollippirinjupoyillarum ariyam athennalumennum,
Pathivaayi njaanende padivathilenthino pakuthiye chaararullallo,
Priyamulloralaro varuvanudennu njaan veruthe mohikkumallo..

Ninayatha nerathen padivaathilil oru pathavinyasankethapole
Varavaayalorunaalum piryiathen madhumasam oru mathra konduvannalo
Innu orumathra konduvannengo..
Kothiyode odichennakalathavazhiyilekkirukannum neetunna neram
vazhithetti vannaro pakuthikkuvachente vazhiye thirichu pokunnu
ente vazhiye thirichupokunnu..

Translation: This song from the movie Manichitra Thalam was originally a poem, and has been amazingly adapted as a ballad.. thanks to Ms. Chitra’s voice. Its a song sung in passing thought and yet is powerful. I cannot translate the essence of this song, and there lies one of the toughest pieces that i shall ever attempt to write. Here is a laymans translation.. the poem above says nothing more than what i’ve translated below, but its what’s written between and beyond the lines in the original one that is missing.

No one shall come this trodden way i know, and yet,a loved one shall come one day I idly wish. I idly dream.

Many times has spring forgot this mango tree, and this tree that’s never blossomed before might just change seasons and bloom one day.

No one’s there who’d walk this way and yet I lay my eyes on that path, for a loved one shall come someday.

Oh, they say they’ll come back and they dont, i know.. and yet I wait at my ordained step at the door, for a loved one may come someday i idly wish.

When time doesnt move, like a comma i stand and wait.. for once spring come it shall never leave and shall bring with it my hope.

I hear the sounds! I run to the gates with eager steps and stretch my sight to the path.. only to see a lost traveller retracing his wrong steps, going back from my way. Going away from me.

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Pazham Thamizh Paattizhayum

 Pazham tamizh paattizhayum shruthiyil, pazhayoru thamburu thengi
Manichitra thaazhinullil veruthe nilavara maina mayangi;
Sarasa sundharee mani nee alasamaayurangiyo,
Kanavuneytharaathmaraagam mizhikalil polinjuvo?
Viralil ninnum vazhuthi veenu virasamaayoraadhi thaalam..

Viraha gaanam vithumbi nilkkum veena polum mounamaay,
Vidhurayaamee veenapoovin ithalarinja nombaram;
Kanmathilum kaarirulum kandarinja vingalukal.. 
Kulirinullil swayamirangi kadha menanja paingilee,
Swaramurangum naavilenthe varimaranna pallavi
Manjurayum raavarayil maamalaraay nee pozhinju..

Translation: The title track of this movie, sung in introspection by the main protagonist is yet another moving composition. Extremely allegorical, it talks about the mind and how entrenched it can become in a fantasy, or in the past, or just in a desire.

Within an olden song’s music, an old tambura sounded,

and inside the ornate lock, a little bird dreamed.

“Oh beautiful lock, has laziness lulled you to sleep? Your soul’s song, like a dream, have you in your eyes wrapped?”

From between my fingers a meloncholy rhythm, slipps and falls away.

Baanwara man


Hazaaron Khwaishein aisi…. Ki har khwaish pe dam nikle.

Baanwra man dekhne chala ek sapna,

Baanware se man ki dekho baanwari hain baatein,
Baanwari si dhadkane hain, baanwari hain saanse
Baanwari si karwaton se nindiyaan door bhage
Baanware se nain chahein baanware jharonkho se
Baanware nazaaron ko takna..
Baanwara man dekhne chala ek sapna.

Baanware se is jahan me baanwra ek saath ho
is sayaani bheed me bas hathon me tera haath ho,
Baanwari si dhun ho koi, baawara ek raag ho
Baanware se pair chahe baaware taraano ke
Baanware se bol pe thirakna..

Baanwra man dekhne chala ek sapna.

Baanwara sa ho andhera, baawari khamoshiyaan
Thartharati lau ho madham, baawari madhoshiyaan
Baanwara saa ghunghta chahe, haule haule bin bataye
Baanware se mukhde se sarakhna..

Baawra man dekhne chala ek sapna.

My Girl – The Movie


The movie: My Girl (1996)

For more details on the movie, go to imdb.com . In fact, for any details about the movie… go to that site. This article’s gonna be no help for facts.

 Firstly, i saw this movie, aired by Sony Pix somewhere last week. The trailers were quite misleading, it started with this guy (who runs a funeral home) defending his girl (Jamie lee Curtis) from her ex. This would normally lead you to thinking that his girl  is the ‘My Girl’. Uh uh…. couldn’t be more wrong, the movie’s all about that guy’s daughter. So it wouldn’t be very wrong to say that its a Children’s movie.

Juvenile or not, the movie’s rather touching. It follows the few days of a 11 yr old girl, who happens to have lost her mother soon after her birth and blames herself for it. her dad runs a funeral home and death is something common yet intimidating to her. I don’t know why, but she has it in her mind that she’s gonna die too.

The major pull of the movie is obviously when her friend, Thomas dies. Its heart breaking to see first her shock, her pain and then her denial. Though, her acceptance of his death is what leaves a dull ache in the heart. Something about the last lins of the movie, when she narrates her poem to the creative writing class is comforting. The lines go as:

Weeping willow with your tears running down,
 why do you always weep and frown?
 Is it because he left you one day?
 Is it because he could not stay?

 On your branches he would swing,
 Do you long for the happiness that day would bring?
 He found shelter in your shade,
 he thought his laughter would never fade.

 Weeping willow stop your tears,
 for there is something to calm your fears.
 You think death has ripped you forever apart,
 but I know he’ll always be in your heart.

Its simple, no bombastic vocabulary, no violent imagery. Its a plain simple rhyme. My suggestion is, watch it. But after that, get a big scoop of ice cream and do all the pondering… it seems easier that way.