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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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                                             nose-pin pearls glow gleam   
                                             in ruby lips' reflection
                                             like pomegranate seeds

                                             beautiful curved nose
                                             decked with shining red ruby 
                                             parrot spies parrot

                                             mystified unsure
                                             the bird stays shy and wonders
                                             to pluck , not to pluck 


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These lines tells about the exquisite facial features of Urmila (Laxman's wife). Here the beauty of Urmila's perfectly arched nose and the red bloom of her lips is presented by describing the thought process of a puzzled parrot thus, drawing the picture without touching the object of admiration!
These lines are by Maithili Sharan Gupt . The prompt 'Ruby' by HaikuHorizon inspired me to translate these beautiful lines as haiku. 

                                                   नाक का मोती अधर की कांति से 
                                                  बीज दाड़िम का समझ कर भ्रान्ति से 
                                                 देखकर सहसा हुआ शुक मौन है 
                                                 सोचता है अन्य शुक यह कौन है ?

अधर - lips
कांति - luminescence
बीज -  seed
दाड़िम - pomegranate
भ्रान्ति - dilemma
शुक - parrot
मौन - quiet

"In the red reflection of Urmila's lips , the pearl of her nose-pin seem like a pomegranate seed, confusing the parrot who thinks her nose as another parrot having a pom-seed in its beak."

32 comments:

  1. Aaah beautiful :). I love the analogy with the bird :) . To pluck or not to pluck - that is the question ;) .. The shakespearan dilemma!!! :D

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    1. Thanks Vinay..... and yes, Shakespeare is in the air.. with a Macbeth in Manipur Style being performed and Hamlet as Haider .... so the bird too caught the eternal dilemma ..... :)

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  2. Divinely beautiful poem expressing beauty in all its form:)

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  3. Such beautiful words Kokila, your writing is getting better and better.
    I’m taking some time off now but will be back to see in February. Love Barbara

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    1. Thanks Barbara ... its a different image ..I am really pleased it resonated well with you :) Hope your time-off will enrich your life ... see you in feb. but will miss you and your vintage book nook a lot :)

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  4. Wow babe, i so so loved it... Both versions the hindi more :) amazed at how beautiful the description is :)

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    1. Thanks Dear ..but the hindi lines are by our Rashtriya Poet Maithili Sharan Gupt from 'Saket' .... I just translated them into a haiku :)

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  5. Lovely Kokila......... Simply loved it!!!

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    1. Thanks Bhavani ... I feel so bad that I am never able to reach to you ... kindly share your URL ... :) Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. At last somebody mentioned poor Urmila. In the midst of the travels & travails of Ram, Sita & Laxman, the sacrifice of Urmila hardly ever gets a nod. Thank you for rejuvenating her memory.
    http://sweetyshinde.wordpress.com

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    1. Yeah Sweety .... Urmila, Yashodhara, Ahilya , Mandodari, Roma ... are only some names from the forgotten ones ... vaise bhi jinhe yaad rakh ahai unki charo our bhi mithak ka aisa kohra hai ki samany vyakti kabhi true person ko kabhi dekh hi nahi paaye .... but thanks to writers/poets like Gupt ji and other contemporaries ..it change .
      So glad to read your comment ... Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. Such a beautiful description Kokila..you've made the lines so picturesque! loved it.

    Now it's taking me comparatively less time to read Hindi...credit goes to you and Shweta :-D

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    1. praise from you is always elixir as its you who started it all .. :P :) Thanks so much for the constant support Maniparna .... I am just trying to be as good as you :)
      Its pleasant to know that your hindi reading pace is improving :) wish I could say the same for my Bengali which I try to learn from you FB status and long comments on it .... shokti bole chi ...(is it correct ?)
      wishing you a merry christmas and a happy new year :)

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  8. Lovely pictures and even more beautiful words.

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  9. The emotion is indeed splendid and conveyed magnificently.

    As it has become a tradition for me to interpret your haikus differently from the intended one. Here is mine:

    Jewelleries or beautifying things only gleam when inner beauty glows. When a genuine smile floats on lips with a tint of blush, its glory reflects in all the jewelleries adorned by beloved.

    Beauty, delicacy and other weapons of seduction could only be traced in curve. It’s the curve which is hiding as well as revealing at the same time which draws ones attention. It’s that delicate curvaceous beauty which reflects in blush, as shining red ruby.

    By seeing this rare unique blend of divinity and sensuality. Lover is confused what to offer before her: prayer or sex.

    Well, my selection of word is very poor here but hope you get what I'm trying to say :)

    Have a Great Christmas & New Year!

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    1. Speechless ! Certain traditions grow close to heart ...this one is one of those :)
      In first one or two haiku,your interpretation was the meaning, I too wanted to convey, subtly ...but after that you are exploring and presenting a newer, richer and more beautiful world of emotions in its full glory .....
      Thanks to make my words sound so beautiful ..... wish I could share the previous Ruby one (yours) with all somehow...
      Thanks for the wishes ... and loads of wishes to you too :)

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  10. Hey Kokila.... Here's my Email - bhavani@ladieslounge.co.in and URL is http://ladieslounge.co.in

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    1. got you dear ... I know you as LadiesLounge as well as Bhavani, but could not relate the two :P

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  12. Very beautiful poem Kokila..Lovely verses :)

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    1. Thanks Nagini ... am glad you enjoyed it :)

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  13. I once had a parrot. I couldn't wear jewelry because that curious bird wanted to pluck it out and crush it. Very nicely done.

    PS: Sorry. Wordpress will not let me comment on blogger. So here is the link to my post.
    https://alicekeysmd.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/and-stones-walked-among/

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    1. Its pleasing to know, it resonated well with you as the image conjured up was not mine but by a great Hindi Poet .. I just translated it as an English haiku... In Hindi , it has beautiful wordplay and a lyrical roll while highlighting a figure of speech 'Bhranti' .Its English equivalent ought to be Aporia...
      Thanks for the visit Alice :)

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  14. Wonderful! Enjoyed reading m thejust like enjoying a sweet and juicy pomegranate :)
    The English version and Hindi version have different ending right? I liked the one in English, 'to pluck, not to pluck'.
    Best wishes dear...

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    1. Its such a pleasure to have you as a reader friend Sindhu :) Yes its slightly different though I tried to translate the hindi lines in haiku ... Glad you enjoyed both :)

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  15. Oh My!! great job.
    Your words do bring out the beauty in small things.

    I hope 2015 inspires more lovely lines...Happy 2015 dear Kokila.

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    1. Thanks D :) Am glad you are liking these ... Thanks for the HNY wishes and may the year brings more travel to beautiful and exotic locales and more pics and info for us :P :)

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  16. Wow! If only Gupt ji could read and marvel at this wonderful counterpart...so vivacious!

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    1. Your presence is precious as your words (in comments and in your creations) are thought provoking..inspiring .
      Thanks for being a wonderful reader Amit :)

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