Last few days have been a bit hectic at work and so did not really get much time to discover new things via the web. So this post is a bit short and includes some discoveries over the last couple of days.

Bhimsen (Prem Panicker) : Prem Panicker, the former editor of India Abroad and a long time voice on Rediff, has been working on this brilliant project – retelling the Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhim, the second Pandava. Inspired by a Malayalam work Randhamoozham by MT Vasudevan Nair (MTV he calls him), Prem insists that “this is not a translation or a transcreation” but a re-telling and I quote :

What it is, is a re-telling, in which— with profound respect for one of my favorite writers—I intend to stay faithful to the central narrative and its governing emotional undercurrents, but manipulate time lines and incidents, and where necessary even chapter progressions, to suit my own narrative.

So why does he want to do it and what is it that is about the Mahabharata? I suggest you read on.

Reward of Service – Elizabeth Barren Browning (Veritas) : This is a blog that brings a lot of joy every day. Its Poem of the Day pops up in my Google Reader and immediately takes me away from the duniyadari into another world of reflection, peace and quiet. Today it features a poem by “Portuguese” as Robert Browning used to call her. The full poem and many other poems are there on the blog. Here are a couple of lines from this one:

Thy love shall chant its own beatitudes,
After its own like working. A child’s kiss
Set on thy singing lips shall make thee glad;
A poor man served by thee shall make thee rich;
A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;
Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense
Of service which thou renderest.

That’s all for today.


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