If I have to say one phrase that represents India in my mind, it is this – “Tryst with Destiny”. The fight for independence and the subsequent events hold a prominent part in the history of India. History buffs or those older, who know the significance of this phrase will know it as the speech that was delivered by Nehru on the eve of India’s independence.
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
The adage that best things in life are free is really true when you experience the prasadam served at Tirumala. It is not a meal which does not only feed the body, it also feeds the soul. When one can see beyond the teaming masses of people spilling through every way possible to have a sight for a split second of the Almighty. The sight of the belief, that comes from every devotee is palpable.
Dew drops on the leaves shining like diamonds,
Reflecting the first rays of the Sun,
Smell of fresh South Indian filter coffee
MS Subbalakshmi’s Venkateshwara Suprabhatam
Can a morning that starts like this be anything but a joy? Many a Telugu movie, start with that scene where the swirls of the coffee is shown with ‘kausalya supraja rama’ playing in the back ground. We do not know who is being awakened, the Supreme Lord Narayana or the ‘aham’ – the coffee connoisseur.
What if you heard a song which captures the essence of life? A song that is as profound as reading the Upanishads or hearing a discourse from a seer. That is how I felt when I heard this song – “Entha varaku, endu koraku”.
The movie was and is exceptional. If you want to describe in one line – it is like any other love story. A spoilt rich guy falls in love with an orphan, they have a tiff and he goes finding her and confesses his love. Run of the mill fare right. But then the way it has been told is amazing. Continue reading
There is a belief that rain falls when good happens on Earth. When something nice, something benefiting happens it is our belief that rain will always come before or after celebrating the event with us. When the rains come on time and in plenty, the rivers flow, the crops grow, and there is magnanimity all around. This is my attempt at linking rains to good things in life.
Tears of happiness started flowing
From the happy Gods ruling the heavens above
When they see a good deed
Being performed on mother Earth.
Dear God, I now know why
You always prefer to have your abode
On the mountains.
It is to teach us that when we climb up
We should learn to leave our baggage behind.