the loveless tale of karma

… Long before the lizards, before the dinosaurs, two spores set out on
an incredible journey. They came to a valley bathed in the placid glow
of sunset.

My elder sister, said the little spore to the bigger spore, let us see
what lies beyond. This valley is green, replied the bigger spore,
I shall journey no farther.

I want to journey, said the little spore, I want to discover. She
gazed in wonder at the path before her.
Will you forget your sister ? asked the bigger spore.
Never, said the little spore.
You will little one, for this is the loveless tale of karma; in it
there is only parting and sorrow.

The little spore journeyed on. The bigger spore stayed back in the
valley. Her root pierced the damp earth and sought the nutrients of death
and memory. She sprouted over the earth, green and contended.

A girl with silver anklets and eyes prettied with surma came to
Chetali’s valley to gather flowers. The Chempaka tree stood alone-
efflorescent, serene. The flower gatherer reached out and held down a soft
twig to pluck the flowers. As the twig broke the Chempaka said,
My little sister you have forgotten me !

Suggested read : O.V.Vijayan ,”Legends of Khasak”

Suggested rythm: Karmane balawanta maaye.,Saveri,chaypu – K J Yesudas – Thyagaraja.

6 Responses to the loveless tale of karma

  1. Anonymous September 8, 2006 at 8:02 am #

    Khasak is the legend of legends. I never expected to read something like that in our own Malayalam.

    ~Nina

  2. b v n September 8, 2006 at 10:09 am #

    “Humble” request granted :)))….btw why dont you come back ?…aah..aapki itcha aapki shraddha…you have this email thingy or something 🙂

  3. b v n September 8, 2006 at 10:16 am #

    khasak was an out of life experience …but somehow i loved gurusagaram *with due respect for khasak* …critics have slammed it,but something struck while reading gurusagaram

  4. Anonymous September 8, 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    I read the review first and pick up the book, so that I don’t waste my time to laze around ;)))

    Guess I should give it a try. I keep ordering all my Mallu collection from indulekha.blogspot.com.

    ~Nina

  5. b v n September 8, 2006 at 12:39 pm #

    you wud like it…i think he wrote it after his befriending of karunakara guru…it has strains of his painful disillusionment with communism and some kinda start of a spiritual seeking…a lot of hindu symbols come in thru the course and he took some criticism for that….but the idea remains…OK..its a nice book 🙂

    Indulekha has stopped posting ?…there are no updates these days

  6. Anonymous September 8, 2006 at 12:53 pm #

    but they still courier me the books ;))

    ~Nina

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