1 Oct., 2016

The theme was Loss …. and boy, did we see different shades and interpretations of it in the selections presented!

1. Cinderella. By Roald Dahl

I guess you think you know this story.

You don’t. The real one’s much more gory.

The phoney one, the one you know,

Was cooked up years and years ago,

And made to sound all soft and sappy

just to keep the children happy. … read more

So, sometimes a `loss’ leads to a `gain’!

2. “योगी आणि सासुरवाशीन” by Bahinabai Chaudhari, a poet in the Ahirani language of Khandesh (Jalgaon) from a book of her poems, `Bahinabaichi Gani’. Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University has recommended the book as a part of their curriculum from June 2012.

 “The Yogi and the Daughter-in-Law”


बसलो मी देवध्यानी, काय मधी हे संकट

बाई बंद कर तुझ्या तोंडातली  read more

3. कणा by the famous Marathi poet Vi. Va. Shirwadkar, winner of Sahitya Academy award, Jnanpith Award, and Padma Bhushan.

 ओळखलत का सर मला?’ पावसात आला कोणी,

कपडे होते कर्दमलेले, केसांवरती पाणी.   Read more

4. A popular verse in Sanskrit literature, The Story of the Bee and the Lotus.

rātrirgamiṣhyati bhaviṣhyati suprabhātaṁ
bhāsvānudveṣhyati hasiṣhyati paṅkajaśhrīḥ
evaṁ vichintayati koṣha gate dvirephe
hā hanta hanta nalinīṁ gaja ujjahāra
(Sukti Sudhakar) ][v56]

Read the story in English here

5. Excerpt from `The Rock’ by T. S. Eliot

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries
Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.

Read the poem here

6.  The poem Holding On and Letting Go,  by Erin Hanson

I was the type of person,
That held onto things too tight,
Unable to release my grip,
When it no longer felt right, read more

7. Story of a blind love. Provenance – unsure

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she’s blind.  She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.  He’s always there for her. Read more

8. Say not in grief.. a short poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Say not in grief that she is no more
but say in thankfulness that she was .. Read more

9. Extract from The Ode Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, by William Wordsworth 

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day.
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

Read the entire ode

10. the shoe doesn’t fit by Meeta Kabra

“oh no, fairy Godmother! How did this happen?” Cinderella whined. Her attempt at masking her disappointment failed.

“I’m so sorry. So-so sorry. Cinders, I mean, Cindy dear, I want to know too.” She  tinkered with the third point of her 5-pointed star. From the left. “Ouch” The star’s poke didn’t bother her. She started counting three from the right… read more

Reproduced from her blog

11. The Lake (From French) By Alphonse de Lamartine
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

So driven onward to new shores forever,
Into the night eternal swept away,
Upon the sea of time can we not ever
Drop anchor for one day?  Read More

12. Short story Love and Other Wars by Meeta Kabra

Tears trickled with her sweat, as Reva struggled to hold the Yoga posture. It’s meditative, it’s introspective, it isn’t fair. Even her workout wasn’t an escape. What should she do? Abort or keep? It was the last symbol of her soldier’s love…

… this is where war begins, she thought. At the root of intense love.

Reproduced from her blog.

13.Short story The Soft Voice of the Serpent by South African writer Nadine Gordimer. Winner of the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature

14.A little extract from the first volume of Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. Struggling to recapture details of his childhood and youth, the narrator Marcel tastes a piece of a ‘petite madeleine‘ cake steeped in lime-blossom tea, and something very odd happens:

No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shiver ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory—this new sensation having the effect, which love has, of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me, it was me.

This originally appeared here

15. Poem `After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes’ by the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes –

The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –

The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’

And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?  Read more

16. Poem `When Great Trees Fall’ by American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,

rocks on distant hills shudder,

lions hunker down

in tall grasses,

and even elephants

lumber after safety. Read More

Until next time then!